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Centre to host movie night as part of Up All Night event

From left, Emma Gondreau, Reese Haefner and Bailee Higgins enjoy themselves at a past Up All Night event at the New Richmond Area Centre. (Submitted photo)

When the New Richmond Area Centre hosts an Up All Night event, it usually involves children taking part in a variety of activities at the Centre all night long.

However, for the last few years, the Centre has held a special Up All Night event that has given kids the chance to have a movie screen at the New Richmond Theatre all to themselves.

“For this one, it is special in that the kids will get on a bus around 10:30 or 11 p.m. and head for the movie theater,” Ruud said. “That is the same time as all the other movies are getting cleared out, so we will have the theater to ourselves, which is kind of neat.”

On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Centre will host a Movie Party Up All Night event from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday. The movie the kids will see has yet to be determined since the movies the theater will be showing don’t come out until the week they are released.

“We do Up All Nights quite a few times throughout the year,” Ruud said. “We usually do around one every month or every two months.”

The event is for fourththrough eighth-graders, which Ruud said is a change from the past and will allow for more children to take part in the fun.

The kids come in at 8 p.m. when the Centre closes. The kids will have the pool and the rest of the areas at the Centre to themselves where they can swim, play in the gym, play video games or dance in the RCU studio with a disco ball for the first few hours of the event.

“It is kind of neat when the kids get to come in after everyone else is gone because they then have the whole facility to themselves,” Ruud said. “There is a lot of stuff for them to do for the first few hours.”

At 10 p.m., the Centre staff will feed the kids pizza and go over the schedule for the rest of the night. The staff will also use that time to take suggestions from the kids as to what they want to do that night to make sure they are having fun doing things they want to do.

“These kids are paying to be there, so we want to make it a fun experience for them and let them do what they want to do,” Ruud said.

According to Ruud, there will be anywhere from three to six staff members present for the event, but it will depend on how many children sign up. Rudd herself will be one of the many Centre staff members to oversee the event and she will be there all night to make sure things go smoothly, as well as set up and clean up after the event.

“The movie one is fun because the kids are the only ones in the theater, so they can wear pajamas, bring their blankets and stuff if they would like and just get comfortable,” Ruud said. “It is a different experience for them than they are used to when they normally go to a movie.”

Children can be signed up for the party until the night of the event. The cost is $25 until the day before the event, but jumps to $35 on Saturday. The cost pays for the buses and the movie ticket. For more information on the Up All Night Movie Party, contact Larissa Ruud at  or 715-243-0847.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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