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Movies in the Park returns for ninth year

TYLER, September 16, 2013— Cooler fall temperatures mean the return of the Tyler Parks and Recreation’s popular Movies in the Park series, thanks largely to public support for free community programming. This season marks the ninth year for the outdoor film series, recognized locally as a budget-wise, family friendly way to enjoy pleasant fall evenings in Bergfeld Park.

Debbie Isham, special events/recreation manager, said without public and private support of Parks and Recreation programming, the show might not go on.

“The city must pay a licensing fee for the rights to show each movie,” said Isham. “That’s why donations and sponsorships are so important. We started showing movies in the park in the fall of 2004 and we have shown 67 movies so far.”

Monetary support comes from a variety of sources, ranging from t-shirt sales, business sponsorships and entry fees for certain events.

“For one of the films, the owners of the movie waived the licensing fee,” said Isham. “We couldn’t provide this type of programming without support.”

The film line-up for the new season includes:

8 p.m., Sept. 21 – “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” a comedy adventure featuring the return of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe.

8 p.m., Sept. 28 – “Escape from Planet Earth,” an animated family comedy about the adventures of admired astronaut “Scorch Supernova.”

7:30 p.m., Oct. 12 – “Radio,” based on the true story of a football coach and a man with special needs who transform a community’s opinions about people with disabilities.

6 p.m., Dec. 14 – “The 12 Dogs of Christmas,” a heart-warming tale about a young girl who assembles a lovable collection of pooches for a Christmas pageant to win the hearts of the town’s mayor and dog catcher. This movie is a part of our Holiday in the Park and Bazaar event.

All films are rated PG this fall, and free soft drinks will be provided by Tyler Beverages. Visitors can bring a blanket, a picnic and enjoy the show.

Sponsors for the Movies in the Park series are still needed. For details, contact Debbie Isham, special events/recreation manager, at 903-531-1214.

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