Up for a Movie Under The Stars?
You can pack a picnic supper, or just bring along a blanket or chair and your sense of adventure.
Langley’s first outdoor family movie night, presented by Prospera Credit Union in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley, hits the big screen on Aug. 21.
The summer night’s entertainment under the stars will feature the family-friendly animated feature Up, shown on a three-storey high inflatable screen.
This recent Pixar release tells the story of an elderly man named Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) who, faced with being moved to a nursing home, ties a massive bundle of helium balloons to his house instead, and takes off on a wild adventure to South America. Unfortunately, Carl is unaware that he has a young stowaway — a scout named Russell — on his front porch during lift-off.
“We were definitely looking (to host) a young family movie night and we prefer an animated film because it looks so good on the screen,” said Prospera’s Tanya Curtis, who is organizing the event.
In addition to locking down the right film, Curtis was also concerned with selecting the right charity to reap the benefits, and began thinking about who would make a good fit. She hadn’t worked personally with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but a former colleague who had been active with the agency in Abbotsford suggested she consider it.
“She was really enthusiastic about (BBBS),” said Curtis.
Mary Reeves, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley, hopes the adventure of attending such a unique outdoor event will draw a large and enthusiastic crowd on movie night.
“It’s something new for the community, something they can do with their family,” she said.
“We’re very lucky (to be chosen by Prospera). And to get a movie so freshly out of the theatre is great for us.”
The first outdoor movie night sponsored by the credit union was held in Abbotsford last summer.
“I heard quite a bit about it, and I heard excitement in the voices of kids who were there,” said Reeves.
Chatting with a Prospera employee one day shortly afterward, she asked about the possibility of hosting a similar event in Langley. The request came too late for last summer, so they began looking ahead to this year.
There are a number of communities out there that would be thrilled to host an event like this, said Reeves.
“We’re very, very fortunate to be chosen as one of the communities.”
Audiences are welcome to come early to stake out their spot, and bring a picnic to enjoy while they wait for the movie to start, which will happen shortly after sunset, around 9 p.m.
This is a free event, but donations will be accepted on site for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
As far as a recommended donation, Reeves suggested, “Whatever people think a family movie night is worth.”
She added that the costs of putting on the event are covered entirely by its sponsors, so every dollar donated will go straight to Big Brothers Big Sisters, to support its programs, which include traditional one-on-one matches as well as in-school mentoring and teen mentoring programs.
Parking will be available at the Langley Events Centre and there is a playground nearby to keep the kids entertained until the movie starts.
The seating area is about the size of a soccer field.
“Once the space is filled, it’s filled,” said Curtis. “So come down early and make an evening of it,” she suggested.
The film night is weather dependent. If it rains heavily, the event will be cancelled.
A week earlier, on Aug. 14, Prospera will present Horton Hears a Who at Abbotsford Exhibition Park (Rotary Stadium).