If you’re going
* What: Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park
* When: Movies begin at sunset (about 8:45 p.m.) and family activities one hour prior on July 21 and Aug. 10
* Where: Cumming Fairgrounds’ covered arena
* Cost: Free
A local outdoor theater company has again teamed up with Northside Hospital to show free movies this summer.
Movies in the Park will be offered at the Cumming Fairgrounds by Southern Outdoor Cinema and the hospital.
Paul Murray, owner of the cinema company, said this year’s movie series will be held inside the fairgrounds’ covered arena.
“With all the rain we’ve had this year, we figured it was better to just not have to worry about that,” Murray said. “The Cumming movies will be shown rain or shine.”
The first local presentation, which will feature Southern Cinema’s 35-foot outdoor screen, will begin at sunset, or about 8:45 p.m., on July 21.
The featured movie will be “The Croods.” On Aug. 10, “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” will be shown.
Family-friendly activities such as face painting and games will begin one hour before the start of the movie, at about 7:30 p.m. Food vendors will sell movie-friendly items such as sodas and popcorn as well.
In addition, Murray said, this year’s movie presentations will feature photo booths in which families can have their pictures taken with funny props like oversized sunglasses and mustaches on sticks.
The Cumming presentations are part of a larger outdoor movie series being provided throughout the north metro Atlanta area by Northside.
Murray said other locations include Canton, Woodstock and Dawsonville on July 19.
He said the Dawsonville event would feature “Trouble with the Curve,” starring Clint Eastwood.
“A large part of that movie was filmed in Dawson County, so we thought that would be a good fit,” he said. “We like to show movies that have been filmed in the respective areas.
“Unfortunately, all the films that have been shot in Forsyth County aren’t really family-friendly.”
He said he’s expecting a big turnout, especially for “The Croods” since that movie has not yet been released for home viewing.
“If people are planning on seeing that one, they should definitely arrive early,” he said. “Luckily, we have a lot of fun things going on before the movies start.”
He said as many as 2,000 people have come out for the local Movies in the Park events in the past.
“It’s a lot of fun for families,” Murray said. “And the event is free, so that’s always a great thing for families.”