By Linda Looney-Bond
Local residents looking for an inexpensive way to treat the whole family to a movie can take advantage of Clayton County's "Movie Under the Stars," a summer outdoor movie series offered by the Parks and Recreation department.
"It's a local activity that the community can enjoy," said Lindsey DeLong, marketing and sales specialist for Clayton County Parks and Recreation.
The monthly movie event is free of charge and takes place at Clayton County public parks, according to DeLong.
"It's a chance for the family to come out, and the movies are recent movies," said DeLong.
This is the second year the county has offered outdoor-movie events, but the first year of the "Movie Under the Stars" series, according to Troy Stubbs, deputy administrator for Clayton County's International Park.
The movie series began in May with the showing of the sci-fi adventure movie, "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and continued with a viewing of the comedy, "Mall Cop" on June 13. "It's definitely been a positive result. We have a good turnout," said DeLong.
Upcoming showings are: "Madagascar II," July 25, at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro; "Hotel for Dogs," Aug. 22, at International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro; and "Monsters vs. Aliens," Sept. 19, at the Gerald Matthews Complex, 1935 McDonough Road, Hampton.
DeLong said movies usually start around 9 p.m.
"There's not a set time, because sometimes it varies when it gets dark," she said. "It more than likely starts about nine, or a little bit after, so right at dusk."
DeLong said attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic basket meal, although concession items are usually available for purchase.
"It [concession items] could be popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, drinks, a snow cone machine -normal concession stand food," said Stubbs. "It just depends on what concessions that park offers."
"We don't allow alcohol in our parks, or glass bottles," said DeLong. Also, county commissioners recently approved a ban on smoking and use of all tobacco products at Clayton County public parks.
DeLong said restroom facilities are available at all of the county parks.
In the event of rain, attendees can call (770) 477-3766 to check the status of delay or cancellation, according to DeLong.
For more information, visit www.claytonparks.com.