Eddyville begins 'Movies in the Park' program

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The new projector and screen offer an authentic, open-air movie-going experience right in the heart of Eddyville.

Last week, the City of Eddyville held their first ever Movies in the Park evening in Eddyville City Park, with dozens of people spreading out in the lawn to enjoy 'The Secret Life of Pets" on the inflatable, outdoor screen the city purchased in conjunction with Lake Barkley Tourist Commission several months ago.

"We got our equipment set up and put together, and we're just tickled with it. It really is neat. It's almost like being in a movie theater, except you're outdoors, of course," said Eddyville Mayor John Choat.

When they purchased the equipment, the city decided they could use the event to benefit local non-profit groups, as well as providing entertainment for families.

"We had decided early on that we would let non-profit groups sell concessions, and also that businesses can sponsor the movies. This first movie was sponsored by Food Giant here in Eddyville, and any business that might want to sponsor a movie, and any non-profit organization or group that would like to do concessions, contact City Hall," Choat said. "We'll do that on a rotating basis for concessions. Mary Waters was there Saturday night for the Nathan Waters Scholarship Foundation."

Though dates have not yet been set, Choat said they are planning to show another movie in July, two in September, and two in October. They will coordinate with the City of Kuttawa, who hosts Movie in the Park events each Fall, to make sure their movie nights don't overlap.

Once finalized, dates and selected movies will be announced on the City of Eddyville Facebook page.

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