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It’s show time!

Outdoor movie season starts in 3 … 2 … 1
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SWARTZ CREEK – Family Movie Nights kick off Friday with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” showing at dusk on the big screen at the Pajtas Theater.

The Downtown Development Authority sponsors the open-air movie series with assistance from the Swartz Creek Area Firefighters Association.

Movies continue on alternate Fridays. In the event of a rainout, canceled flicks will screen the following Friday.

Movie-goers should bring blankets or chairs. There are no concessions so BYOP (bring your own popcorn) … or whatever tickles your taste buds, as long as it’s non-alcoholic.

Funtastic Inflatables will again provide free bounce house fun prior to the shows. Bounce houses close about 30 minutes before showtime.

This year’s movie lineup includes: June 8: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” an adventure comedy rated PG-13. The show is a sequel to the 1995 film, “Jumanji.” The sequel stars Hollywood powerhouses Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. The plot unfolds 21 years after “Jumanji,” as four teens get whisked into a video game and must work together to complete the game to return home.

June 22: “Despicable Me 3,” rated PG, is the latest installment in the animated “Despicable Me” franchise. In this tale, Gru joins forces with his twin brother, Dru, to defeat the villainous Balthazar Bratt, a former child actor obsessed with the ‘80s culture.

July 6: “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” rated PG, is an animated comedy that follows a teenage ninja, the son of an evil warlord, who assembles a team of upstart ninjas to vanquish the villain and save Ninjago City.

July 20: “Coco” tells the tale of Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old boy who unwittingly stumbles into the land of the dead. There he meets his great-great-grandfather, a musician, who helps him return to the land of the living. Rated PG, the animated tale pay homage to the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.

Aug. 3: It has become a Family Movie Night tradition to show one “throwback” movie, and this year’s blast from the past is “Willow.” A 1988 fantasy film that tapped the talents of Ron Howard and George Lucas, “Willow” is the story of a farmer who reluctantly helps protect a special baby from an evil queen focused on world domination. “Willow” is rated PG.

Aug. 17: The 2018 movies under the stars season wraps up with “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” rated PG-13.

The DDA is still looking for movie sponsors and merchants or civic organizations interested in selling concessions or sponsoring a pre-movie activity. For information, call the city offices at 635-4464.

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