Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 16, 2010

Now showing: Movies in the Park

Free films in the park begin Thursday

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Bring your own popcorn but leave your wallet at home as you enjoy free weekly Movies in the Park with family and friends, starting July 22.

The city of Pleasanton will air the movies at dusk on six consecutive Thursday evenings at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., on a giant screen that measures 26 feet diagonally. The 23-acre park is centrally located and features picnic/barbeque facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking.

Seating will be cordoned off in sections with blanket seating in the front, low-back beach chairs in the center, and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear, to accommodate for the best viewing. The city asks patrons to refrain from placing blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

This second annual summer film series kicks off July 22 with "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," adapted from Ron and Judi Barret's popular children's book in which a scientist tries to solve world hunger, and instead brings food raining down in cities and towns. The film is rated PG.

The next movies scheduled are as follows:

* July 29 -- another family-friendly film that is based on a popular children's book, "Hotel for Dogs." This story of two orphans, their dog, and an abandoned hotel stars Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle, and is rated PG.

* Aug. 5 -- "Casablanca" is the classic feature of the summer series. This 1942 gem is considered one of the finest romantic melodramas ever made. Don't miss Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains starring in 'Casablanca'. Rated PG.

* Aug. 12 -- The 2007 film "Hairspray" the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair, an even bigger heart and a passion for dancing as she appears on the Corny Collins Show, Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Rated PG.

* Aug. 19 -- Capt. James Kirk is back in "Star Trek," only this time he's a young thrill seeker who clashes with a young Spock, who is all calm reason and logic. This Oscar winning film chronicles the early days Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

* Aug. 26 -- The season wraps up with the much loved fairy tale of "The Princess and the Frog." Set in the city of New Orleans, it comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

For more information about the film series, call the Parks and Community Services Department at 931-5340.

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