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Free movies return this Saturday
People bring everything from lawn chairs to blankets to use as seating for Mantecas Movies in the Park series that starts this Saturday.

Sundown Saturday marks the return of Manteca’s Movies in the Park.

The popular free event that attracts as many as 1,200 people for the Saturday night showings is back for its fifth year. It is set to run this summer for the next four Saturdays in July.

This Saturday’s event at Woodward Park starts at 7 p.m. with singer Wendell Logan in concert. The contemporary Christian summer is preparing to release an album. His work can be heard at .

The movie “Tron: Legacy” will start shortly after dusk on a large outdoor screen for the event being staged by DeCristo Productions.

A reviewer for Movie Insider has described the movie as adventure set in a digital world. The tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. The father-son team embarks on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe that keeps becoming more advanced and dangerous.

The first two movies are being offered free at Woodward Park and the last two movies at Northgate Park.

The movies this year are:

• “Tron: Legacy” on July 9 at Woodward Park.

• “Yogi Bear” on July 16 at Woodward Park.

• “White Lion” on July 23 at Northgate Park.

• “The Karate Kid” on July 30 at Northgate Park.

The evenings will all start at 7 p.m. with other entertainment with the movies starting at dusk.

“We are family” will perform on July 23 while Jim Anderson will do his Elvis Presley show on July 30. Entertainment has yet to be lined up for the two other dates.

Families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and even picnic dinners as well as their own soft drinks.

Movie-style refreshments such as popcorn will are available to help offset costs of staging the weekly event. They are priced to be affordable and not at movie pricing levels.

If you are interested in helping sponsor Movies in the Park, or secure a vendor booth you can contact White at 922-2673.