2005-07-27 / Front Page

‘Movies Under the Stars’ gets support from businesses, provides local entertainment

By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Associate Editor

‘Movies Under the Stars’ gets support from
businesses, provides local entertainment
By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Associate Editor

Blanket seating in the front; lawn chairs in the back.

Movies Under the Stars will debut at the Waynesboro city park on Saturday, Sept. 10, as the park is transformed into an outdoor theater with a huge free-standing screen, surround sound and a concession stand complete with a Coca-Cola soda fountain truck.

Each movie in the four-part series is sponsored by a local business and presented by the Downtown Organization of Retailers (DOOR).

Because of film license restrictions, the titles of the movies cannot be published; however, plenty of hints will be dropped about each 8 p.m. Saturday showing.

The Sept. 10 movie, a yummy 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder, will have you singing "Oompa, oompa, oompa doompadee doo." First National Bank is sponsoring the movie, and bank officials say several lucky children will find golden tickets for cash prizes in their complimentary chocolate bars.

In the spirit of the Sept. 17 Farm Fest, Samson’s Manufacturing will sponsor the next flick – a 1995 favorite about a gallant pig and his mousy sidekicks. Hay bale seating is complimentary, and a pig calling contest could be in the making.

William Mizell Ford will sponsor an evening especially for teens and adults on Oct. 1. They’ll be showing a 1978 box office smash, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, that will leave you yearning for hot rods, soda fountain shakes and "summer nights." Pre-movie activities may include Danny, Sandy and Rizzo look-alike contests, and everyone in 50s garb gets in free.

Georgia Power will sponsor the final film on Oct. 8 — a 1985 blast to the past starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. A classic car cruise-in is in the works to compliment "Marty McFly’s" trip back to 1955 in Dr. Brown’s Delorean turned time-machine.

Admission for each film is $1; however children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Movie goers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and are also permitted to bring along their own refreshments.

To volunteer or offer ideas for pre-movie activities, send an email to downtownhelp@yahoo.com.


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