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Connellsville, Mt. Pleasant continue movie night traditions

| Sunday, July 7, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

The communities of Connellsville and Mt. Pleasant are both offering something for local residents to do on warm summer evenings — watch movies.

Both communities have continued their movie night tradition.

Connellsville's Movies in the Park is sponsored by the Connellsville Recreation Department.

In Mt. Pleasant, the sponsor is the local Rotary Club.

This Friday, Mt. Pleasant will hold its second movie night for the summer.

Connellsville's next movie night will be July 20 at East Park in connection with the Rock the Park event being held that day. The movie will be “Up,” sponsored by Tzan Insurance.

Greg Lincoln, recreation board member, said support for the past two movie nights in Connellsville has been good.

He is hoping for another good turnout on July 20.

Mt. Pleasant is hoping to stir interest and get feedback from residents on the program, which is in its third year.

“It gets the kids together in a park atmosphere, and they get to socialize,” said Mayor Jerry Lucia. “Families really like it because it's a real nice atmosphere.”

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said, on average, about 20 to 30 people enjoy the free movie each month, but they would like to see attendance grow.

“The Rotary spends a lot of money on royalties to be able to show these movies, and we would like to see more people come out and enjoy them,” Landy said.

Landy said the Rotary even hands out free popcorn to those who attend the event.

The program, which was held at the gazebo area in Mt. Pleasant for the first two years, was moved to the Frick Park ball field by the concession stand this year.

“It's a much better location for this. It's much quieter, and it's a great place to be able to bring your lawn chair or throw down a blanket and enjoy a movie. We also have the fire station there as a backup, (and) in case of bad weather, we can just move everything in there,” Lucia said.

Friday's movie showing in Mt. Pleasant will start at 9 p.m. The movie is “Escape from Planet Earth.” The animated feature film follows the exploits of Astronaut Scorch Supernova from the planet Baab, who finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

“We try to pick a G or PG movie and one that is a newer one,” said the Rotary's Movie Night Coordinator Steve Simon.

The August movie event will be held Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. Simon said the movie for the event has yet to be determined.

Landy would like to hear resident's opinions on various aspects of the program.

“At this point, we are currently evaluating the program to see if we are going to continue it next year. We would like feedback from residents. Are we having it on a good night of the week? Do they like the type of movies we are offering, etc.,” Landy said. Residents are encouraged to call the borough office at 724-547-6745 or email Landy at jlandy@mtpleasantborough.com with their comments about the program.

Additional upcoming movies in Connellsville include: Aug. 2, “Despicable Me,” sponsored by St. John's Church and Aug. 23, “Little Giants,” sponsored by Bud Murphy's.

The final movie in Connellsville on Aug. 23 will be held in conjunction with the Falcon Football Pep Rally.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for the Daily Courier.

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