The two most popular movies in the world since November will be played under the stars, for free, in uptown Collinsville this summer.
“Frozen” and “The Lego Movie” highlight a four-movie series, playing every other Saturday evening from May 31 to July 12. “Movies on Main” starts at dusk in the public parking lot at the corner of Main and Seminary streets (across from Spirito’s, the Italian Store). Dusk is a moving target during the seven-week stretch. Residents are advised to watch the sky and, when it starts to look even a little dark, grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the movie, Uptown Coordinator Leah Joyce said. If rain falls, the movie that evening will be rescheduled.
“The Goonies” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” round out the free movie series, whose entire cost is covered by sponsors.
Guests can bring their own food or coolers to the family-friendly events, or purchase concessions from the Collinsville Jaycees. Money made by the Jaycees goes back into the community. Concessions include soda, water, snow cones, candy and fresh-popped popcorn.
The movie series is held each year by Uptown Collinsville as part of the City’s goal to make uptown a destination, Joyce said. The group also puts on Tunes at Blum, held each fall at the Blum House, as another event series designed to provide entertainment to city residents.
The “Movies on Main” series debuts on May 31, when “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” will be projected onto a white screen placed on the wall adjacent to the public parking lot. The top grossing animated movie of all time, “Frozen,” will be shown at a very unfrozen parking lot on June 14. Steven Spielberg’s “The Goonies” plays June 28 and the top movie if 2014, “The Lego Movie,” closes the series on July 12.