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Movies in the Park celebrates family film fun at Broomfield County Commons

July 4, 2013

YellowBrix

July 04--Part film series, part celebration of community fun, Movies in the Park returns Saturday with more family-friendly films.

The the ninth annual outdoor film series, organized by Community Financial Credit Union, will be at Broomfield County Commons each Saturday night in July.

The free event is a summer tradition that started as a a one-time anniversary party for the credit union, but quickly grew into to a community-wide film screening that returns each summer. This year, the events also feature live music and outdoor activities before some of films.

"I think all the movies will draw a really good crowd," said Lisa Herman, the credit union's COO and an organizer of the film series.

Moviegoers bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs and food for each film, and the County Commons pavilion opens the concession stand to offer other movie-worthy snacks.

Organizers estimate 600 to 1,000 people attend each film, depending on its popularity.

A committee at the credit union chooses the movies each year. The committee aims to include classic favorites, newer films and a mix of action, adventure and humor to draw movie lovers of all kinds, said Erika Karsky, a marketing specialist for the credit union who helped choose the films.

The classic "Back to the Future," zany "School of Rock"and the newly-popular "Hunger Games" fit the bill, she said.

The credit union also seeks feedback from its members to show films families really want to see.

"Our (credit union) members voted for 'Hotel Transylvania' this year," she said. "And we think 'The Hunger Games' will be popular with the teens."

Though the movies are the main draw, the event also includes community-centered activities.

This year, some of the films will be accompanied by live music from Broomfield's School of Rock. Students from the school, which teaches teens how to play instruments and form a rock band, will perform before the last two films of the month.

Ashley Blackwell, assistant director at School of Rock, said students were delighted when credit union employees dropped by the school and invited them to play before the movies.

The student band will aptly kick off the screening of the Jack Black comedy "School of Rock" on July 20, then return for the July 27 showing of "The Hunger Games."

Blackwell said students will tailor their sets for the family-friendly crowd.

"We are constantly adding things to the set list -- everything from Kiss, Michael Jackson, White Stripes, Black Sabbath," she said. "Different events call for different music, so they're always ready to rock out."

The School of Rock performance is one of several extras at this year's Movies in the Park.

Broomfield Recreation Services will celebrate National Parks and Recreation month by offering fun fitness activities to get people moving before the movies on July 13, 20 and 27, Herman said.

The movies also are a time for residents to learn more about local nonprofits in the community and help out a good cause. Broomfield FISH's Youth Advisory Board will help raise money for the food bank by selling glow sticks, she said.

Partnering with the city and local nonprofits is a way to continue celebrating Broomfield's community spirit, Herman said.

The credit union first began the movie series nine years ago in honor of its 50th anniversary. When organizers saw how many people participated, they decided to expand it into a regular event.

Herman hopes people will try to catch a movie or two this summer. The only thing that would stop the event is a dark clouds, she said.

"We hope it won't rain," she said.

Contact Enterprise Staff Writer Megan Quinn at 303-410-2649 or quinnm@broomfieldenterprise.com

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