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Summer movie series wraps up Aug. 15

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The third and final movie in the New Albany Parks and Recreation's second annual summer movie series will be Back to the Future.

It will be screened at dusk Friday, Aug. 15, at the Wexner Pavilion, 7600 Swickard Woods Blvd.

"We partner with Eagles Pizza," said Brian Smith, the organization's recreation director. "Eagles Pizza partnered with us on cost this year, which made having a third (movie) night possible. It's the only free service we really offer through the district and Eagles Pizza was instrumental in making that happen really."

The movies are shown on a 16-by-9-foot inflatable screen.

The New Albany Parks and Recreation Department also has to contract with one of two companies nationwide and pay fees to show the movies. There are limits on advertising the movies, he said.

"You can't just bring a movie from your collection at home; you have to become an approved vendor through one of those (two) companies," he said.

Smith said he chooses films that are fairly new or provide New Albany Parks and Recreation with a good theme.

He said at the first movie, The Incredibles, shown in June, children were asked to come dressed as their favorite superhero.

New Albany Parks and Recreation has a small budget to provide some sort of giveaway: neon bracelets in the case of Back to the Future, which, Smith said, should remind patrons of the 1980s.

The audience is encouraged to bring chairs, food and drinks, though alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in the park. Pets also are prohibited in the park.

Smith said the Wexner Pavilion concession stand would be open during the Aug. 15 event. It will provide free water and popcorn and some candy for a small fee.

"We give out popcorn and water and we bring candy and fruit snacks and nachos," he said. "It's what we sell at the Bevelhymer (park) concession stand.

"We don't bring hot dogs or hot food. It's candy that we can sell for $1 or $1.50. It's not a money-maker; it's more of a convenience thing.".

The Incredibles attracted an estimated 200 people. The Lego Movie, shown in July, brought in 350 to 400 people, Smith said.

"It's very family-oriented and for the most part, that's what you're seeing," Smith said. "We've also had a high school couple on a date and a few adults without kids, but 90 percent of it is families."

Admission is free and parking is available at the pavilion and the neighboring K-1 elementary building.

Smith said the park can seat 450 to 500 during a movie night.

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