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Family fun at outdoor movies


The city of Arlington’s Outdoor Movies series provides a night out for families with a film and begins this July.

The first movie is on July 6 at the Arlington Fly-In and will be “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The Fly-In is at the Arlington Airport with the entrance to parking off of 188th Street.

The next two movies on July 12 and July 19 will be shown at Terrace Park at 809 E 5th Street, Arlington.

All movies that are part of the series are free.

The July 12 showing is the animated film “Early Man” and the July 9 showing is the animated film “Peter Rabbit.”

“The families really seem to enjoy the animated films usually,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

Films are scheduled to begin once it gets dark enough for their projectors.

“The movie begins when it gets dark, which is about 9 p.m., so people should come a little before that,” said Lopez, so that they can set up their spot with a towel or blanket.

Lopez said that the community enjoys having the opportunity to come out into the park and enjoy a movie.

“It is like the old days when you could go to the drive-in theater to see a movie with your family,” said Lopez.

The Arlington Kiwanis Club will also be at the event to provide free popcorn and water to families at the three showings.

Lopez said that the city helps put on the movies in the park each year because the community enjoys having them.

“It started back in 2003 and the volunteers and park commission really thought it would be a good offering to keep bringing back to the city,” she said.

After that Arlington officials have worked to bring a few movies to Terrace Park.

“So, since then the city has been carrying it as part of their summer programming,” she said.

This year the event also has a sponsor: Secret Harbor.

“They are a nonprofit group that specializes in placing foster children that are harder to place than normal,” said Lopez. They focus on kids who have dealt with trauma at an early age.

“They will be at the event to help give people information about what they do,” said Lopez.

More information about the city of Arlington’s events is available at


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