Jodi Rynearson remembers growing up in Roseburg when there weren't all that many wholesome activities for youngsters. That's why she was so excited to hear about Movies in the Park and its family-friendly approach to entertainment. The outdoor movies in Roseburg are a great family-friendly activity and fun for both children and adults.
It is probably the most wonderful idea that they've had since I was a kid, Rynearson said Saturday evening at Stewart Park, where she and friends laid blankets over wet grass and waited for the outdoor cinema showing of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
She wanted to check out the scene before bringing her two young children. With the event now wholeheartedly mom-approved, she plans to bring them this Saturday, when the event sponsored by U.S. Cellular and the Roseburg Parks & Recreation Division will feature E.T.
Rynearson and others agreed the free outdoor film event offers the perfect opportunity for those on tighter budgets these days.
Wanda Bovee of Roseburg said she and her boyfriend, Khris Hughes, haven't been able to get out of the house much lately due to financial constraints. Bovee heard about Movies in the Park and told Hughes they were going out. I just asked if you want to get out of the house for a couple hours, Bovee said, and it's free.
The evening also included performances by the KCD Dance Studio and the Umpqua Singers, along with face-painting, free soda and popcorn, and animals from Wildlife Safari. Sherrie Langston of Roseburg came to the open air cinema with her two granddaughters. The girls, she said, were excited about the chance to watch a movie under the stars for a change.
They can run around, she said. They're not confined to sitting in a chair and being quiet.
Steven Gillen, a field marketing manager for U.S. Cellular, was impressed with the turnout, calling it just shy of the number of people drawn by the well-established Movies in the Park in Medford. Even the cloudy sky and cool breeze didn't stop a couple of hundred folks from catching the show. I was a little leery driving up, Gillen said of the weather.
Roseburg Parks and Recreation Program Manager Barbara Taylor and department coordinator Val Ligon were also happy to see so many people spread out in front of the giant inflatable screen used to display the outdoor movie. Earlier in the evening, they estimated about 250 people had arrived, but as darkness fell and the movie was about to start, Ligon estimated the audience had grown to about 500.
I think it's going to get bigger and bigger each week, Ligon said.
For information about Movies in the Park, visit the city's Web site at www.ci.roseburg.or.us
Source: "Roseburg's Movies in the Park draws hundreds" by Chelsea Duncan -The News-Review. Read full article at: http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090608/NEWS/906089986/1063/NEWS&ParentProfile=1055#comments