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Free movie nights slated for Decatur parks this summer

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"How to Train Your Dragon"
The Decatur Park District will be showing “How to Train Your Dragon” on Tuesday in Sinawik Park.

DECATUR — Anyone who wants to catch a movie can do so without paying for a ticket or chancing an over-air-conditioned theater this summer, thanks to a new Decatur Park District program.

“Movies in the Park” will feature family-oriented cinema on a large, inflatable screen in various neighborhood parks. The films will begin about 8:30 p.m., following Decatur Park Singers concerts at for 6:30 p.m.

“We can kind of have the crowd get a double feature there,” said Becky Newton, director of recreation and facilities for the district.

The next film in the park is “How to Train Your Dragon” on Tuesday in Sinawik Park.

The screen, about 15 feet tall, is shared between the district and several other entities. Over the past few years, Newton said the city, Millikin University and Richland Community College have used it, but the district hasn’t done much with the screen in the parks.

All the movies selected would appeal to a range of ages, Newton said, and some were chosen with a theme.

When the district shows “All Dogs Go to Heaven” in South Shores Park on June 28, Newton said people are encouraged to bring their canine friends along.

On July 3, the district will show “Sandlot” in Nelson Park. Because the screen can project from both sides, people will be able to watch the movie from the park and from their boats on the water.

Newton said she hopes people come in costume July 20 to “Grease” in Kiwanis Park.

People are encouraged to bring picnics, along with chairs and blankets, to the events. Alcohol is not allowed.

apetty@herald-review.com|421-6986

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