Movie Night will star 'The Smurfs'

By Corey Pride / cpride@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 2, 2012 

Children of the '80s and today may find they have something in common when they attend Movie in the Park later this month.

The Los Banos Parks and Recreation Division is teaming with its Merced County counterpart for a free showing of "The Smurfs" on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. at Henry Miller Plaza, Sixth and H streets.

The 2011 film is based on the popular 1980s cartoon of the same name.

Ann McCauley, organizer of Movie in the Park, said she's noticed that people enjoy the event.

"It's free and people do enjoy it. It's just the idea that they can be outside and watch a movie with the community," McCauley said. "You could see the movie at home, but it's just like a picnic in the park, people go there to have a picnic some place besides their back yard."

A few local vendors will offer popcorn, churros and water for sale. Also, sponsor Allied Waste is expected to have a presentation before the film starts.

Bryan Behn, Merced County Parks and Recreation supervisor, said his department will provide the equipment to show the film. He said the county works with communities that can provide sponsorship, and Los Banos has been very good at doing that the past few years.

"As far as communities go, Los Banos is a very good partner," Behn said.

McCauley said between paying for part-time staff, film rights and other expenses, showing the film is about a $1,400 venture. She said in the handful of years she's been involved, businesses and residents have been willing to donate the funding. McCauley said she's optimistic that a second Movie in the Park event can be held in October.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by e-mail at cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by e-mail at cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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