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Christmas movie to be shown in park

By David Hotle | Jun 30, 2017



With the year only half over, Main Street Washington does not want to wait for December to celebrate Christmas. In that regard, the group will hold a special Christmas in July celebration Friday evening, July 7.

With the second of three Movies on Main Street this year, the focus will be on Christmas as the featured movie will be the 2003 Christmas comedy “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell. The movie is about one of Santa’s elves who learns his true identity as a human and goes to New York to meet his father, all the while spreading Christmas cheer to a world of cynics.

“Because it is July and we are showing a Christmas movie, we will have a special visitor,” Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said. “We are bringing him off vacation, off his tropical island, to chat and introduce the movie. We will also have ‘save the date’ cards for all of our holiday events that are coming up in November and December.”

The movie will start about 8:30 p.m. in Central Park.

The showing is free and open to the public. The feature will be preceded by cartoons and trailers for the August movie. Free popcorn will also be given.

Grunewaldt said the June showing of the movie “Free Willy” was well-attended. The movies finish up on Aug. 4 with the 2001 feature “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first movie of the franchise about a youth in a school for budding wizards.

Holding movies in the park began two years ago using funds left over from Washington’s 175th anniversary celebration. Grunewaldt said the former manager of HyVee had also asked about holding a movie night in the store’s parking lot.

Grunewaldt said the movies should instead be held in the park.

She also stressed the movies chosen to show in the park are older movies as a way of not conflicting with the movies being shown at the State Theatre.

Last year, Grunewaldt said, saw great turnouts to the movies, with the park being filled during the three showings.

She said the weather was perfect and none of the films had been rained out.

“It is a fun event for families,” she said. “We always show great movies that are family-friendly. Beyond that it is free. If you choose to buy a concession item from us, you are supporting the effort and continuing to show movies during the summer.”


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