Rantoul bringing family film fun on Friday nights

Rantoul bringing family film fun on Friday nights

RANTOUL — Movie lovers can take in a film while enjoying the outdoors in the coming months.

The village and the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will show four movies in the park.

All the movies will be shown at dusk on Fridays near the bandstand in Wabash Park.

The series was to begin Friday with the film "WALL-E," but the threat of storms pushed that movie back to June 7.

That will be followed with "ET" on June 21; "Hotel Transylvania" on July 19, which is sponsored by the Community Foundation; and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on Aug. 16, sponsored by Rantoul Press.

People should bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Check the rantoulchamber.com or call 893-3323 for updates or to check on cancellations due to rain or wind. If the events are called off, they won't be rescheduled.

Chamber Director Amanda Briggs said the films will be shown on a 16x19-foot inflatable screen, but if the wind reaches 10 mph or higher, the screen can't be used.

In that event, a large photography sheet will be used.

Briggs said in addition to assistance from the village of Rantoul, the chamber received financial help through a grant from the Community Foundation and use of equipment from Rantoul Recreation Department, which is donating use of the speakers and projector.

While the cost is free to view the movie, donations will be accepted. 

Film companies charge a licensing fee for movies that will be viewed by large groups of people.

"Even if we're not charging, we have to pay a licensing fee," Briggs said.

Concessions will also be available.

The organizers hope the movies in the park help Rantoul residents get to know one another better.

"The reason we're doing this is for community togetherness and to provide a family-friendly activity for people to enjoy. We hope to make this a new tradition in Rantoul," Briggs said.

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