Movies in the Park big success

Published 8:54 pm Monday, August 17, 2009

Families looking for some Friday night fun this summer in Thorsby were in luck.

The town’s “Movies in the Park” series provided clean, inexpensive, family fun and proved to be a big hit.

For several weeks this summer, films like “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and “Race to Witch Mountain” were shown at Richard Wood Park.

Hilyer estimated more than 200 people showed up for each of the first two movies in the park and that more than 150 people were present for the third one.

Mayor Dearl Hilyer said the program’s goal “was to try to offer something for citizens, mainly the kids in the area, that wouldn’t cost them anything.”

“Movies in the Park” did just that and was such a rousing success that the town council is already thinking about including some money for the program in next year’s budget.

Currently, the town borrows audio equipment for the events, and a screen that sits higher off the ground would be preferred. Hilyer said such a screen could be purchased for about $1,000.

We hope the town will be able to do that, especially since everyone had only good things to say about the program.