Pleasanton's free movies in the park series starts tonight

Films start at dusk at Amador Valley Community Park

Movie aficionados are invited to enjoy free movies during six summer-time Thursday evenings in Pleasanton's Amador Valley Community Park, starting tonight.

All films will be shown starting at dusk at the park, located at 4301 Black Avenue, 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. All films scheduled are rated PG or PG13.

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 for the best viewing. Blankets or chairs cannot be placed on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m. on show dates.

Fun activities such as contests, games, and sing-alongs are scheduled during the waiting period just prior to the film showing.

The 5th annual summer film season kicks off on Thursday, July 10 with Academy Award winner "Frozen," the Disney blockbuster inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Snow Queen.

On Thursday, July 17, the movie will be "Despicable Me 2," the family-friendly sequel to "Despicable Me," featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove. This computer animated comedy also features new cast members, including Benjamin Bratt and Steve Coogan.

The "Lego" Movie comes to Movies in the Park on Thursday, July 24. This first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure is based on the Lego line of construction toys and won critical praise for its visual style, humor and story line.

"Ender's Game," a military science fiction film based on the best-selling novel of the same name, comes to Amador Valley Community Park on July 31. This fast-paced adventure features Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford.

"Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, is scheduled to play at Movies in the Park on Thursday, Aug. 7. Jennifer Lawrence returns in her role as Katniss Everdeen.

The season will wrap up with the 2013 superhero film, "Man of Steel," on Aug. 14. The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe.

For more information about the film series, call the Parks and Community Services Department at (925) 931-5340.


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Posted by Inge
a resident of Rosepointe
on Jul 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing Frozen tomorrow. And I'm wondering what "starts at dusk" means. Does anyone know?

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Posted by Olaf
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

Sunset is at approx. 8:30 according to my Google search.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

If you were one of the "early birds" that put out your blankets by the preschool like we were told to do by the city worker when we called this morning- she misinformed us. The movie is where the Shakespeare stage is set up behind the aquatic center.
There was a group of us that stuck around & took the time to move all of your things to the right spot. Hope you all figure it out. PS- we did the best we could with keeping your belongings together. ;)

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Tina- I was not one of the early birds, but must say it was very nice of you to help others out.

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