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Movies under the stars: Head to Veterans Memorial Park for an evening of family entertainment

Veterans Memorial Park is the place for movies under the stars Saturday when Cox Communications and The City of Sierra Vista Department of Leisure and Library Services present “Incredibles 2,” as part of an annual Movies in the Park summer lineup.

The movie starts at dusk, around 7 p.m., and there is no charge to attend.

Movies in the Park has been a summertime happening in Sierra Vista since 2005, when the event was first introduced to the community by Tim Cervantes who worked for Cox Communications at the time. While Cervantes is no longer involved with the event, he set up and presented movies in Sierra Vista, Benson and Douglas for several years.

Every summer, families pack up their ice chests, lawn chairs and blankets and head to Veterans Memorial Park for an evening of entertainment.

Whetstone residents Scott and Teresa Pierce and their children are among those who look forward to the summertime movie lineup.

“It’s always a great way for family and friends to get together for an evening of games and movies,” Teresa said. “All three of our kids really enjoy going, and every summer we go to as many of the movies as we can. We take our lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, enjoy the show and look forward to a nice evening with family and friends.”

As the event grew in popularity, so did the crowd size.

“I used to help Tim Cervantes set up the movie screen and sound system and get the vendors ready,” said Sierra Vista City Councilman William Benning. “When the weather cooperated — we sometimes dealt with early monsoons — we had good-sized crowds there. My most memorable event was when we showed the movie, ‘Frozen.’ It was one of our more popular shows and we had nearly 3,000 people there. There were people as far as you could see, with little kids dancing and singing along with the music. It was a great feeling to be part of such a fun event that brought families and community together like that.”

The first movie of the 2019 summer season kicked off on May 11 with “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Saturday’s “Incredibles 2” showing marks the second of four the city and Cox are teaming up on to present.

“I’m glad Sierra Vista is continuing to do this,” said Ken Jacobsen, who takes his two grandchildren to the movies. “We’ve been going to these for a few years now, and it has become kind of a family tradition for us. Sitting outside like that, watching movies on the big screen, reminds me of the old drive-in movie days. We’ll be at Veterans Park Saturday night, and will probably attend the other two movies on the list.”

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