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Ripon brings back free movie nights
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RIPON — Family Movie Night is back.

The Ripon City Council Tuesday voted 5-0 to bring back the free-to-the-public event at the Mistlin Sports Park Amphitheater.

“Last year, we did it for the first time and it was a success,” Councilman Chuck Winn said. “I’d like to do it again.”

He indicated that the City of Ripon forks out a few hundred dollars from the general fund for the licensing rights to air box office hits, with an outside company handling the projector and screen.

“In these tough economic times, it can be expensive to take the family out to the movies,” Winn said.

The inaugural Family Movie Night aired Disney-Pixar’s “Up” – winner of the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film – and “The Blindside.”

The semi-biographical drama about Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher earned Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Actress (Sandra Bullock) and Best Motion Picture.

Those who attended the previous Family Movie Night events furnished their own blankets and lawn chairs.

Non-profit groups provided the concession.

Both movies, in addition, were made available last year to seniors for special showings at the Ripon City Hall. But plans of doing that again are up in the air.

“We don’t want to do it if it takes away from the library,” Winn said.

Melanie Kopp of the Ripon Memorial Library noted that the local branch also provides free movies to the public.

“We offer movies to seniors, teens and families throughout the year,” she said.

Information on the library free movies can be obtained by logging on to