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Spend Friday night with the family

Although the New Richmond Area Centre started Family Fun Movie Nights back in March, Centre Youth Development Coordinator Julie Griepentrog feels that moving the movie night from Saturday to Friday and adding an inflatable bouncer to the mix will make the the summer events even better.

“We switched nights because Saturdays during the summer seem to be the night when a lot of people have something going on,” Griepentrog said. “During the school year, Saturday nights are a little less hectic; during the summer we can offer more on Friday night, like the inflatable bouncer and the option to purchase food from our concessions. That should allow families to just come on down to the Centre right after their day gets done and not have to stop and eat something beforehand.”

The first Family Fun Movie Night of the summer is Friday, June 27, and will feature “The Lego Movie” and will be shown on a big screen in the RCU Studio at the Centre. The inflatable bouncer is open from 6-7 p.m. on the night of the movies, with the movie starting up at 7 p.m.

The main idea behind starting the Family Fun Movie Nights, according to Griepentrog, was to bring families back together as a unit in a way that is fun for everyone.

“Movies seemed like a really good way to connect families and we have made sure to pick movies that both parents and children can enjoy and be engaged in,” Griepentrog said.

Another reason for families to consider attending movie night is that it includes unlimited popcorn, time on the bouncer and concessions for less than it would cost to see a movie in the theaters. For a family to see a movie at any of the movie nights during the summer it costs just $5 for the entire family.

“The big thing too is that this option is really cost friendly for families,” said Youth, Teen and Family Manager Larissa Ruud. “If you take your family to a movie theater you have to buy the popcorn and everybody’s tickets, which can get expensive. But here, it is just $5 for the whole family and all the popcorn you want. So it is affordable.”

Wearing pajamas to the event is welcomed, as is bringing pillows and blankets to sit on since the RCU Studio will be cleared out to make more space for people to sit on the floor. There will be chairs for those adults who want or need them as well.

“We also want people to know that the family movie night isn’t just for Centre members and that the price for the movie per family is the same for both Centre members and anyone else who wants to come and enjoy the movie,” Ruud said.

The next movie night is July 25 and features “The Wizard of Oz,” followed by the last movie night of the summer on Aug. 22, which will feature the “Muppets Most Wanted.”

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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