Peoria, Illinois: Family Night Fun with Outdoor Movies

Movies return to Metro Centre on September 25th for a fun-filled family night out. Think the days of watching the silver screen under the sparkling moonlight are gone? Think again. Metro Centre, Peoria's landmark shopping destination, will convert a section of its parking lot into an outdoor cinema with the premiere of Movies Under the Stars an outdoor film series on Friday, September 25. The featured film is Disney's "Bedtime Stories," (PG) starring Adam Sandler. Perfect for the entire family, show time is 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to place in front of the big screen. Treat yourself to the free popcorn and soft drinks (while supplies last) courtesy of Hecht Stout Insurance.Come early to explore Metro Centre's many shops and restaurants and enjoy kids activities before the show. This is the first time in nearly a decade that a movie has been shown at Metro Centre, since its cinema was closed eight years ago. "We are thrilled to bring back not only a Metro Centre tradition, but an American tradition," Metro Centre owner Eric Brinker said. "Many people grew up with outdoor movies, and this is a chance for them to re-live that experience. For a lot of parents, it will be a chance to show their kids what 'Movies Under the Stars' are all about." Peorians are encouraged to visit for more details. Guests can also get information by following Metro Centre on Twitter at or by becoming a Fan at The weekend celebration continues on Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we kick off the fall season. There will be activities galore, including kids inflatables, an obstacle course, and a bounce house. Clowns "Patches & Rollo will be making a special appearance and gourd painting, sand art, and other games will be offered. Be sure to hop aboard the horse drawn trolley that will run throughout the Centre. Metro Centre gift card giveaways will take place all day and free earth-friendly tote bags will be distributed at the Peoria Farmers Market by Heart of Illinois Harvest, a local food rescue program (while supplies last with a $2 suggested donation.) The Peoria Farmers Market at Metro Centre offers the largest selection of no-spray and organic produce in the area. Peorians have depended on Metro Centre for more than 30 years and counting. The stores are still locally owned and operated, and their success is based on a simple, homegrown recipe friendly faces behind the registers, a unique selection of stores and a commitment to friendly, personal service. source-†

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