Park set for movie night

EAST LIVERPOOL – A bunch of kids hope to save their sea-side home from shifty land developers and, along the way, they find a pirate ship, some treasure and an ogre who turns out to be a friend.

This is the premise of the movie to be shown at dusk Saturday at the Thompson Park amphitheater, the first in a series of free movies this summer.

Licensing regulations do not allow the names of the movies to be published in the newspaper, according to city health Commissioner Carol Cowan, who reported on the project being hosted by Mayor Jim Swoger and the health department.

Several sponsors have stepped up to pay the cost of the licensing for the movies, and this week’s sponsor is Wee the People Day Care, which will also celebrate its 15th anniversary prior to the movie, with events starting at 6 p.m.

A bounce house and slide, magician, balloon artist, face painter and carnival games will be provided by the day care prior to the movie, all free of charge.

Home Savings and Loan has donated its popcorn machine for the movie nights, with Mayor Jim Swoger doing the honors of popcorn cooker. He also will be sponsoring a future movie that features a happy chocolate maker.

Free water will also be provided, and movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own coolers, snacks and chairs. No alcohol, smoking or pets are allowed.

Future movie dates are June 28, July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, with Cowan saying thought is being given to a car cruise and a possible Halloween showing.

Movies begin at dusk each night, and children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The names of movies to be shown are available at the health department’s web site: under the “What’s Happening” headline.