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Annual movie night in Memorial Park July 24

HAMBURG — For the past five years, locals have been invited to take a seat in Memorial Park in Hamburg to watch a movie under the stars.

Through the efforts of Imagine:Hamburg, Hamburg Music Festival, and Southtowns Audio Video, “The Lego Movie” will be screened during the Movie in the Park event at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.

It is a group effort to put on this event, according to Marg Rust of Imagine:Hamburg.

The committee of the Hamburg Music Festival pays for the renting rights for the film, while Southtowns Audio Visual donates equipment for the projection screen and sound system.

Since the movie will be shown on village property, the movie cannot be bought and shown, according to Rust.

“We have to have rights to show it in a public setting like that,” she added, about the legal requirements associated with the show. Rental cost for the film totaled approximately $400.

“Luckily, the Hamburg Music Fest donates that to us, to have an event,” she said.

Imagine:Hamburg is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ group that has a stated mission to be “dedicated to promoting and maintaining the commercial, aesthetic and historical vitality of the village of Hamburg.”

Activities for the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start just after 9 p.m., at dusk. The Hamburg Y.E.S. program will be present to do face painting. Hula hooping and sidewalk chalk will also be available, for the movie go-ers.

Food vendors will include Main Street Ice Cream, the Village Sweet Shoppe and Gifts, as well as Norm’s Hot Dogs.

“It’s a really, really nice activity,” Rust said. “It packs the park. It’s a neat family activity. The kids can have a grand time and then they watch the movie and bring their blankets and chairs and all that kind of stuff.”

Hamburg was bustling for the weeks prior, with the annual Hamburg Garden Walk and the local Burgerfest food and music event.

“It’s a few several weeks where there’s a lot of little, neat activities going on in the village,” Rust said, with regard to the timing. “It works out pretty easily, every year.”

The idea to do a film screening came from hearing about it happening elsewhere.

“[Imagine:Hamburg] is a group that does good things around the village. Whether we’re building the trolley stop or building arches,” Rust said. “We just thought [Movie in the Park] is an event we’ve heard other places have done and thought, ‘How cool is that?’”

The Lego Movie is an animated film that follows Emmet, a completely ordinary LEGO mini-figure who is recognized as a key to saving the Lego universe. He must stop an evil villain that goes by the name of Lord Business, which is playedby the voice of Will Ferrell.

The film is rated PG for mild action and rude humor and runs for 100 minutes.

Memorial Park is located on Lake Street in Hamburg.

For more information about Imagine:Hamburg, or the movie screening event, visit www.facebook.com/pages/. ImagineHamburg/114743531881163.
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