Family movies under the stars to begin next week

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Area Firefighters and Downtown Development Authority are pleased to announce that the 2021 summer movie season will begin at dusk Friday, June 11.

The free, outdoor movie series kicks off with “Playing with Fire” starring John Cena, John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key as smokejumpers who find themselves in charge of three rambunctious youngsters who have been separated from their parents.

The movie will be shown at Holland Square. Bring lawn chairs.

Myers said the movie line-up will have something for everyone in the family.

“I tried to make sure we had enough family-oriented movies to bring the whole family out,” he said. “I didn’t want to go into something too adult that kids wouldn’t enjoy it, or too kid-like that the teens and preteens wouldn’t enjoy it. We want the whole family to come out. That’s what it’s for. And it’s a nice way to spend a summer night.”

The movies continue every-other Friday through summer at various locations utilizing the city’s new, inflatable screen and sound system.

Elms Park in Swartz Creek will provide the surroundings for the second movie, “Moana,” which will be shown Friday, June 25.

On July 9, the live version of the legendary tale of “Aladdin” will be shown on the baseball field at Abrams Park.

The series returns to Elms Park on July 23, when the firefighters are going to try something a little different.

“We are going to attempt to do it drive-in style,” said firefighter Dave Myers. “We have an FM transmitter on order to use so people can park around the baseball field. We will give them the FM signal to use and they can sit in their cars or come out and sit on the field.”

The movie will be, appropriately, “A League of Their Own.”

On Aug. 6, “Herbie: Fully Loaded” 20 will be shown at Holland Square. The film is the sixth and final installment in the rebooted “Herbie The Love Bug” series and stars Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton.

The Disney cartoon “Planes” will be the featured presentation on Aug. 20 at Abrams Park.

The film series will wrap up Sept. 3 or 4 with “The Blind Side.” Myers said he is hoping to show the movie at the all-new Dragon football stadium. Stay tuned for updates as the event draws closer.

Myers also is working to bring in some food trucks.

“We want to provide something a little bit extra to the families who are coming out,” he said. “A lot of times, they’re bringing pizzas and things like that. We’re trying to provide a little more.”

Food truck vendors interested in participating should email Myers at