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Ripon cranking up movies in the park
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RIPON – Family Movie Night will soon make its return.

Kye Stevens, who is the City of Ripon’s recreation director, is still hammering out the details.

“We’re looking at having three maybe four movies this year,” he said at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting. “If all goes accordingly, we may start by July 22.”

Stevens, thus far, has contacted several companies licensed to release featured films. He’s working under the direction of elected officials, who, not too long ago, approved to bring back the free-to-the-public event at the Mistlin Sports Park Amphitheater.

Last year, “The Blindside” and Disney-Pixar’s “Up” were part of this city-sponsored event. Both award-winning movies were well-attended by the community.

“We’ll again show movies for the whole family to enjoy,” said Stevens.

He estimated that the City could expect to pay $700 to $1,200 for Family Movie Night, with the bill including rental from a local company for use of projector and screen.

According to Stevens, cost to book the movies also vary – between $300 and $400 – depending on certain new releases or Disney.

Council initiated Family Movie Night a year ago as an inexpensive entertainment option to help keep folks closer to home during some tough economic times.

Non-profit groups also benefitted by providing the concession stand.

Once the details are ironed out, Stevens is expecting the pieces to quickly fall into place.

“We’re hoping to have movies from now until the end of August or when school starts up,” he said.