Film screenings give families fun summer options
Weekly series starts June 13
It’s a common phenomenon that local students have endured nine months of school in anticipation for summer vacation, only to become bored after the first few days of, as Alice Coooper put it, no more pencils, books or teachers’ dirty looks.
Metropolitan Theatres Corporation has a solution: its summer kids film series.
The series presents weekly screenings of family-friendly films in theaters throughout California, Colorado, Idaho and Utah.
The Utah screenings will be held in Park City at 10 a.m. every Tuesday from June 13 to Aug. 15 at Redstone 8, 6030 N. Market St. at Kimball Junction. Admission to the screenings is $2 per person.
Christina Mancebo, director of marketing and communications for Metropolitan Theatres Corporation, said the idea of the film series was to give children and families options to enjoy the summer.
“We wanted to make sure that we could offer a safe, alternative activity for families in our theater’s communities,” Mancebo said during an interview with The Park Record. “When school gets out, we know parents need some great ideas to present to their kids to keep them occupied. Presenting a summer series for a 10-week period helps get them through the summer.”
The film series offering has run for the past several years, and Mancebo said the feedback has been positive.
“Parents appreciate that the screenings are held indoors in a safe environment,” she said. “We also made sure there were no barriers to entry, thus the low-ticket price.”
The film schedule is as follows:
- 13: “Kung Fu Panda 3”
- 20: “The Angry Birds Movie”
- 27: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”July
- 4: “The Lego Batman Movie”
- 11: “Sing”
- 18: “The Secret Life of Pets”
- 25: “Storks”
- 1: “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax”
- 8: “The Peanuts Movie”
- 15: “Trolls”
All films are rated PG, except for “The Peanuts Movie,” which is rated G.“In selecting the films, we needed to be sure they were all family friendly and do not contain any controversial themes,” Mancebo said. “We also select animated features, and — because we know parents have probably seen many films on repeat that are out on Blu-ray and DVD — we want to give them a break and try to get films that are current and have been in the market more recently.”Mancebo said she hopes families will add these screenings to their summer activities.“We look forward to seeing all the families at the movies and hope they have a great, fun and safe summer.”
Summer kids film movie series will start with “Kung Fu Panda 3” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at Redstone 8, 6030 N. Market St. at Kimball Junction. Admission is $2. For information and a downloadable summer schedule, visit http://www.metrotheatres.com/events?type=summerfilmseries.
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