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May 3, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
At Flat Branch Park, blankets will replace theater seats with popcorn kernels smashed in the cracks. Tomorrow, the park becomes an open-air theater for Puss In Boots, the first movie in this year’s Outdoor Movies in the Park series.
Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature, Puss In Boots tells the story of the feisty, carrot-colored tabby cat. The flirtatious sword-wielding feline confronts Jack and Jill for ownership of magical beans that will lead to great fortune. Erin Carillo, who picks the movies as the recreation specialist for Columbia Parks and Rec, says “It’s a feel-good movie, and the good guy wins in the end.”
WHERE: Flat Branch Park
WHEN: May 4 after sunset, between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
June 8: The Muppets
July 13: The Smurfs
August 10: The Lorax
COST: $2, free for children
younger than 8
She picks family-friendly, PG- or G-rated movies for the park series based on input from kids and community members. In the past, movies have averaged 350 attendees. “Now people realize that it’s part of the city’s summer activities,” she says.
The films begin about 20 minutes after dusk. Viewers can purchase popcorn, candy bars, cookies, chips, soda and water from a concession stand.
As long as the night is clear, families can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the sounds of a summer night and the tale of a feisty feline triumphing over evil.