Bear City Beat: Date Night Movies in the Park

What’s your favorite date night movie? Is it the 2016 release of La La Land featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Or perhaps it’s the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Ryan Reynolds & Sandra Bullock. Or maybe it’s my favorite: Dirty Dancing, the original.

Well, whether you have seen any of these movies or not, you’re going to get a chance to watch them under the stars next to your loved one. The New Bern Parks & Recreation department is hosting Date Night: Movies In The Park. Starting this Saturday, August 25th at dusk – come to Union Point Park to watch La La Land.

I spoke with Director Foster Hughes (Parks director not movie director ? and he briefed me on all of the highlights of what will happen. He encouraged all to come as it will be a “family friendly event”. It’s best if you bring your own blankets or chairs to use in the park area to watch the film. It will be played on a humongous 12’ high by 25’ wide inflatable screen with rear projection. Hughes also mentioned there will be ample speakers, so all can see and hear the movie in high definition.

If you’re the type that enjoys some snacks while watching the movie – they have you covered. You can certainly bring your own food and snacks, but there will be food truck vendors available. The Parks & Recreation department will also be selling popcorn, if you’re a traditional movie-snacker.

If you are unable to make it this Saturday, there will be three more movies playing through October. The full line up is: (All Saturday dates)

August 25th – La La Land

September 15th – Nights in Rodanthe

October 6th – The Proposal

October 20th – Dirty Dancing

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By Contributing Author, Brad Poirier, Bear City Impact and

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