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Movie Series in the Park Kickoff Draws Crowd of All Ages

Natalie Heard Hackett

Saturday, July 12, 2014 • 1:35pm

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Residents gathered at the recreation department's summer movie kickoff on Friday night.  With chairs and blankets in tow, residents of all ages assembled to watch the Disney movie, ‘Frozen’.

Ten-year-old Veronica Bivas came to the viewing with her eight-year-old brother, Joseph and other family members.  Although the brother and sister duo differed in their opinions of the movie, Veronica admits that having seen the movie over 10 times, she was eager to see it again.  "I saw it over 10 times and this is my 11th time!  It's a really nice movie," she exclaimed.

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ was the first of a three-part series of Montclair's family-friendly movies.  The Montclair department of recreation will be hosting a series of movies throughout the summer in various parks around town.  The family-friendly initiatives called ‘Flick and Float’, are the first two films of the series which are designed to encourage parents and children to swim in the neighboring pool until it closes.   The town pools will be open until 8:30 PM, and the first two movies start at 8:45 PM.

Many parents brought their children to view the movie last night, while others came with friends.  Such was the case for Ashley Leeshock, Joan Juengling and Mary Juengling, who came to enjoy the film’s animation and music.  Having grown up on Disney Movies, the group of friends decided to spend their Friday night with snacks on a blanket while watching ‘Frozen’ in the park.

"I came tonight because I have never seen the movie.  I was brought up on Disney movies," said Leeshock.

Mary Juengling expressed that she has always heard others talk about the movie and has enjoyed it a few times already.  "I saw it at school with my friends who are animation majors and wanted to see it again.  This was a great opportunity to see the movie outdoors," said Mary. 

This was Joan Juengling’s first time seeing the movie and had only become familiar with the movie through the musical soundtrack.  Joan expressed, “I have never seen the movie before, but I know the music.  I have watched the YouTube videos of people covering the songs."

Along with the flick, moviegoers had icecream and snacks available for a nominal fee at the vendor table.  

The remaining two movies in the park are as follows:

Friday, July 25th at Nishuane Park, the movie ‘The Blind Side’ will be showing at 8:45 PM (Rain date: Saturday, July 26).  Rated PG-13, the film is 2hours and 9minutes long.

Friday, August 1st at Edgemont Park, the movie “Despicable Me 2’ will be showing at 8:30 PM (Rain date: Saturday, August 2nd). Rated PG, the film is 98 minutes long.

For more information, contact the Montclair Recreation Department at 973-509-4915. 

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