The City of Opelousas is inviting the public to enjoy three films beneath the stars in South City Park this summer.
Movies in the Park will take place on the second Saturdays in June, July and August featuring three free recent feature films: “Monsters University,” “Frozen” and the “LEGO Movie.”
Mayor Donald Cravins Sr. said he hopes “that people will come and enjoy the movies with their family and friends.”
The movies will be shown on the east side of the park, located at 1524 S. Market St., near the playground area.
“People can come out early and have a picnic; the kids can play on the slides and swings and then everyone can assemble for the movie that will begin at dusk,” said Melanie Lee-Lebouef with Opelousas Tourism.
During the summer months, dusk will happen around 8 p.m. each evening.
“Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on; however, no ice chests or alcohol will be allowed in the park,” Lee-Lebouef said.
“Monsters University” will kick off the summer series on June 14.
That 2013 film tells the story of Mike Wazowski (voiced of Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced of John Goodman), the stars of 2005’s “Monsters, Inc.” in their earlier college days.
The film was a box office success and audiences polled by Cinemascore gave the film an A rating.
It will be followed by “Frozen” on July 12 and summer series will end Aug. 9 with the “LEGO Movie.”
Lee-Lebouef said visitors should be impressed with the quality of the presentations. The city has hired Fun Flicks, a professional outdoor movie company, to produce the shows.
“They will be bringing a 26-foot screen and a professional sound system,” Lee-Lebouef said. “It will have great picture and sound quality.”
She said concessions will be available for purchase from South Louisiana Select Stars, a nonprofit that benefits area youth through basketball.
She said the city’s tourism office and the parks and recreation department have been working on this project for a while now and this year acquired a grant to make that dream a reality.
She also thanked a number of local sponsors for making the free film series possible, including the City of Opelousas, Union Pacific, CLECO, St. Landry Bank, Slemco, Ventura Foods and Splash Creative Products.
“We are confident this will be a successful program offering a fun evening for the entire family. We are hoping to offer even more films in the future,” Lee-Lebouef said.
For more information, call the tourism office at 337-948-5227.