Imperial Movies in the Park

Cindy Whitehead and her granddaughter Delany Shirley make themselves comfortable as they wait for the movie to begin in Sky Ranch Park in Imperial Friday, June 4.

IMPERIAL — It was a night of prehistoric adventure as families gathered to watch The Croods 2 at Sky Ranch Park in Imperial Friday, June 4, at the second City of Imperial’s Movies in the Park for its summer kick off.

The events are coordinated with the Imperial Public Library as something fun that families in the community can do. Families could spread out blankets and set up chairs for a night of relaxation and fun with only the stars as the roof over their heads. Some even brought snacks to munch on while others curled up with pillows to get comfortable.

Children in attendance were also given goodie bags to munch on either during the movie or save for later. Attendees were encouraged to attend in their best cavemen attire for the movie. Prizes were given out to the best dressed of the night.

“It’s for the community,” said Stephanie Sanchez, administrative assistant for the Imperial Public Library. “It’s very important, especially after surviving COVID. We love our community, and we want to do fun things for them.”

“We love seeing the kids and the families together, happy, especially now after COVID,” said Courtney Wright, program specialist for the Imperial Public Library. “Seeing people come out of their homes and attend an event, and since it’s free, I’m excited about it.”

Cindy Whitehead went with her granddaughter to see the movie and do something nice outside of the house.

“It’s just a nice thing to come and do with the kids,” said Whitehead. “I think it’s awesome. Imperial does a lot of nice things for the kids; they always have something they’re working on for the kids.”

“It gives us an excuse to get out,” said Joe Nowel, who was one of the first to arrive with his family at the park.

Alma Castro said her son wanted to see the movie and seeing it outside felt much safer than going to a theater right now. Both were dressed in caveman attire and patterns to be in the spirit of the movie.

“It’s really cool,” said Castro. “I’m really glad it’s outside, it’s not too hot, not too windy, and it’s a nice thing to do with the kids.

The next movie night will be on June 18 during Father’s Day weekend with the movie Onward.

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