Movies Under the Stars returns to Smiths Falls

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Free movies under the stars are coming back to Smiths Falls for the month of August.

The month of movies begins on Thursday with Jurassic Park.

Pre-show entertainment for Thursday starts at 7:30 p.m., with Little Ray's Nature Centre and the movie beginning at dusk in Centennial Park by the Smiths Falls water tower.

"It's a community event for the town of Smiths Falls," said Sienna Cauley, program co-ordinator for Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum. "We run these community movie nights every Thursday in the summer."

The movies are free to watch in the park, but donations are greatly appreciated.

At dusk for the remainder of the month of August, the Smith Falls Heritage House Museum will play the 1984 version of Ghostbusters on Aug. 12.

On Aug. 19, The Croods 2: A New Age, will play on the inflatable big screen in the park.

While the first official day of the movies under the sky was July 29, it was cancelled because of rainy conditions, but that doesn't mean the residents in Smiths Falls will miss out; on the fourth and final day of the Movies Under the Stars they'll be playing a double feature to make up for the missed day, with Raya and the Last Dragon and Jumanji: The Next Level. Junkyard Symphony will play as the pre-show entertainment.

"It's really just a way to get the community out and doing something in their own town, and something for fun and for free in the summer," said Cauley.

She added: "It's been a little different with COVID."

The annual summer movie event has only been able to play throughout the month of August, both this year and last.

When guests and families enter the park they're asked to wear a mask and to provide a name and phone number for COVID-19 contact tracing. Cauley says everyone who attends will be six feet apart, and staying with their families.

There will be a concessions stand for guests, opened at 7:30 p.m., provided by Andress Your Independent Grocer.

People are also asked to wear a mask when dealing with concessions. Each night is sponsored by different local businesses that are supporting the Movies Under the Stars events, by providing movie licenses and pre-show entertainment.

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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