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Cinema and the sunset

July 15,2016 02:21

Want more news? Sign up for free newsletters to get more of the Statesman delivered to your inbox. As the sun sets on Lake Travis and evening settles over Lakeway City Park, dozens of families gather with blankets and lawn chairs to watch kid-friendly ...

As the sun sets on Lake Travis and evening settles over Lakeway City Park, dozens of families gather with blankets and lawn chairs to watch kid-friendly movies and spend time with their neighbors.This Friday, July 15, the city of Lakeway is showing the animated movie “Minions,” a kid favorite, on the Parks and Recreation Department’s rolling film screen. On July 29, the city will screen “Norm of the North,” and the Movies in the Park season will end on Aug. 12 with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”“I would guesstimate we have anywhere from 75 to 125 people come to each movie,” said Lynn Kirchenbauer, Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department events coordinator. “Most of the movies are cartoons and animated features from Disney or Pixar. The groups are generally grandparents and their grandchildren, up to ages 10 or 12, and families with young children. People enjoy it a lot. The breeze coming off of the lake is really nice, and I don’t think we have much of a problem with mosquitoes.”The city distributes free popcorn at the events, and attendees are welcome to purchase bottled water or a snow cone. Movies start right at dusk, anywhere from 8:45 to 9 p.m. The city has been hosting Movies in the Park for free since 1999.“We’re bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Lakeway in the summertime,” Kirchenbauer said. “A lot of people come by the popcorn table to tell us they enjoy it … and the lake is prettier now than it has been in years, so getting people down there is not hard.”

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