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Make a date for outdoor movies

Monday February 17 2020

Palmerston North City Council is continuing its Movies in Parks programme, with the final four events coming to Summerhill, Linton Camp, Awapuni and Longburn.

Photo shows families on rugs and camping chairs watching an outdoor film.

The Kelvin Grove community enjoyed the new version of the movie Lion King at Celaeno Park earlier this month.

Movies in the Parks brings hit animated films to outdoor venues, bringing communities and families together in a free festive atmosphere.

Council Community Advisor Norelle Ward says the large numbers at the events are a clear indicator of the movie programme’s popularity. “We had nearly 1800 people turn out at Kelvin Grove to see The Lion King. It was an incredible atmosphere and our team really enjoyed interacting with people and keeping up with the popcorn demand.”

Upcoming films

Click on the links for event details:

  • 21 February, IPU recreation centre, Summerhill (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World)
  • 28 February, Linton Camp (Toy Story 4) 
  • 20 March, Raleigh Street Reserve, Awapuni (Incredibles 2) 
  • 27 March, Longburn School (Aladdin) 

“The opportunity to truly connect with people in their own spaces is great for Council. We are excited to bring discussions to these communities and invite participation in a different format,” Ward says.

“We’d love to see the enthusiasm shown at earlier movie venues carry through to the final four dates in this series.”

Activities start at 7pm, with the movie scheduled for a 7.30pm start. Come earlier if you like, bring along your picnic dinner, rug, low chairs and get comfortable for an evening of outdoor family entertainment.

The evenings will provide an opportunity for people to talk with Council about initiatives in their communities. Before-movie speakers will vary across the evenings, and could include representatives from emergency management, local libraries, parks and infrastructure, alongside local community groups.

If the weather is not kind, alternative indoor venues have been arranged. Follow the Council’s Facebook page @PNCityCouncil for wet weather venue notifications.