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'Frozen' kicks off movie night in Mt. Pleasant

| Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

For the sixth year, the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Movies in the Park, which will kick off on Sunday.

“The borough approached us about sponsoring a family activity for the community and we thought movies would make a nice community event,” said Rotarian Steve Simon. “The Rotary Club is always willing to help.”

The movies were originally shown on Friday at the gazebo adjacent to Veterans Park then were moved last year to Frick Park. This year they are being moved back to the gazebo area.

“We thought that the kids might enjoy running around and playing if they didn't want to sit and watch the movie but they didn't,” said Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy. “They really just wanted to watch the movies so we thought we'd bring them back to the gazebo.”

Movie night, however, has been changed to Sundays.

Simon is hoping the showing of “Frozen” on Sunday will draw big crowds.

The July 27 movie will be “Despicable Me 2” followed on Aug. 22 by “The LEGO Movie.”

“The timing was just perfect for us this year. We were able to get three of the largest animated movies out there,” said Simon.

The Rotary club will have popcorn and soft drinks.

“Despicable Me 2” will be shown directly after the band “The Valentino's” finishes playing as part of the Concerts in the Park series.

“We thought that since there would already be a crowd there, maybe they would like to stay a little longer and enjoy a movie,” Landy said.

Simon said the size of the crowds depends a lot on the weather and on the movie itself. But attendance over the years has increased. But he would like to see more families enjoy the free night of entertainment.

“I think it would be great to see the entire lawn area covered,” said Simon.

“We want to provide people with yet another way for families to enjoy the lifestyle that Mt. Pleasant has to offer,” Landy said. “Movies are a great way for families to get together and enjoy some entertainment.”

All movies start at 9 p.m. and in the case of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled and not rescheduled.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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