Free Movies in Marysville Parks
That's how little you can pay to see a movie on Saturday nights in Marysville this summer.
The city is sponsoring "Popcorn in the Parks," a free outdoor movie series, for the second straight year. The series is scheduled to resume at dusk Saturday at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, with a showing of "The Goonies."
Last summer, the city averaged 200 to 300 people on nine Saturday nights, city parks director Jim Ballew said. The movies are rotated between several parks.
"We've received all kind of inquiries if we're doing it again," he said.
City officials had the idea years ago, Ballew said. Last year, City Councilwoman Donna Wright, a member of the Snohomish-Camano Island Board of Realtors, got the organization to put up $12,995 for a portable movie screen, Ballew said.
The 16-by-9-foot inflatable CineBox screen, obtained from Open Air Cinema of Lindon, Utah, is designed to be viewed by up to 250 people. The self-illuminating screen comes with a built-in DVD player, speakers and other components connected to a custom case.
Verizon FiOS is paying for the licenses to show the movies, about $300 apiece, Ballew said.
"Between those two entities we can afford to do it," he said.
The Kiwanis Club of Marysville is springing for the popcorn.
New features planned this year include a hot dog vendor for movies at Jennings Memorial Park. On July 25 at the park, 3-D glasses will be distributed for a showing of "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popcorn in the Parks
All movies begin at dusk
June 27, "The Goonies," Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road.
July 11, "The Longshots," Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex, 6100 152nd St. NE.
July 18, "The Great Outdoors," Foothills Neighborhood Park, 58th Street NE.
July 25, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (3-D), Jennings Memorial Park.
Aug. 1, "Jumanji," Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex.
Aug. 8, "Top Gun," Ebey Waterfront Park, 1401 First St.
Aug. 15, "August Rush," Jennings Memorial Park.
More info: 425-363-8400; http://ci.marysville.wa.us.
By Bill Sheets