Free summer movie nights slated

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Recreation Commission will host the first free movie night of the summer event series on Saturday at Myers Park with a screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” beginning at dusk.

After borrowing equipment to show movies in city parks twice last summer, City Clerk Jennifer Mazur said the Recreation Commission decided to host free outdoor movie nights regularly this year by purchasing a projector and inflatable movie screen.

“The Recreation Commission only held two movie nights last year when they were able to borrow equipment from another municipality,” Mazur said Monday. “They will be happening more frequently this year.”

The Recreation Commission will kick off the city’s summer movie season on Saturday at Myers Park, planning to host free movie nights on the second and fourth Saturday of each month beginning in July and running through September.

“I think this is something people have been asking for in Gloversville,” Mazur said.

Film selections will include family friendly fare that will be announced about a week beforehand on the Recreation Commission’s Facebook page. The commission tasked area residents with selecting this week’s film through an online poll that saw “The Secret Life of Pets” narrowly selected over “Toy Story.” With sequels due out in both franchises this month, Mazur said either movie would have been a good choice for the season’s first free movie night.

Myers Park will serve as the venue for all of the outdoor movie screenings except for the Aug. 24 movie night which will be held at Trail Station Park immediately following Z-Fest, a fair organized by the Recreation Commission featuring vendors and fitness classes taught by area instructors for event-goers to participate in.

Mazur said Myers Park seemed like an ideal location for the movie nights with ample parking at Park Terrace Elementary School and throughout the park that offers a quiet setting where movie-goers can enjoy watching a film outdoors uninterrupted and without disturbing nearby residents.

“Myers Park is more of a private area with no traffic that will make it a little darker for the movie screen,” Mazur said. “It’s where we thought the ambiance for the movies was the best.”

Mazur suggested arriving early on Saturday to find a place to sit, reminding families to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Early arrival will also ensure families have time to pick out their favorite movie snacks that the Recreation Commission will have available for purchase, including freshly made popcorn and cotton candy, candy bars and cold beverages.

“It’s a free night, it’s a fun evening with something for kids to do,” Mazur said. “It’s really just the start of a lot of good things to come.”

The city Recreation Commission will show “The Secret Life of Pets” on Saturday at Myers Park beginning at dusk. Admission is free and open to the public. Additional free movie nights in city parks will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month beginning in July and running through September.

For more information visit the Gloversville Recreation Commission Facebook page. In the event that a scheduled movie night must be canceled due to inclement weather the commission will make an announcement on Facebook.