Outdoor movies wrap up tomorrow on ‘giant’ new screen at Abrams Park

SWARTZ CREEK — If you haven’t been to a Family Movie Night in Swartz Creek this year, you don’t know what you’re missing.

The good news is, you still have one opportunity to check out the new screen and projection equipment that have elevated the summertime movie series to a whole new level of entertainment.

The Swartz Creek Downtown Development Authority and Swartz Creek Area Firefighters will show the final movie of the season, “Hocus Pocus,” on the big screen starting around 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Abrams Park.

Movie-goers should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets, as well as any food or drinks they may want to enhance the outdoor movie experience.

DDA member and firefighter Erik Jamison said the new, inflatable movie screen and high-quality projector are “amazing.”

“The screen is giant,” Jamison said. “It’s way better than anyone anticipated.”

Earlier this year, movies were shown at the Pajtas Theater, in Holland Square and at Elms Park.

“Holland Square was awesome,” Jamison said. “It’s probably one of our favorite spots. It’s a really cool setting.

“The feel of having it downtown, and everyone gathered in the downtown against the businesses as a backdrop, and traffic going by and people honking and waving … it felt like we were finally creating that community center we’ve been working on for a while.”

The movies under the stars are drawing more than double the attendance as in previous years, he said.

The DDA invested in the portable, inflatable screen and equipment last year to “breathe a little life” into the movie series and reach more people by offering the movies at various venues.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” Jamison said. “It’s a cool experience. Stop by and check it out.”