Coming to a market near you … ‘Movies’ set for this Thursday

By Chris Berendt

July 22, 2014

After a bit of a delay, the first-annual “Movies at the Market” will wrap up this week with the second of two family film outings at the Clinton City Market.

“We will likely be doing this again next year and are hopeful the weather will cooperate with us this week,” Clinton-Sampson Planning director Mary Rose said Tuesday.

“Movies at the Market” came out of the Clinton Main Street Program’s ongoing efforts to add to the growing list of downtown activities, especially during the summer months. Movie nights scheduled for June and July were aimed at boosting attendance at the market, which between the three-days-a-week Farmers Market and Alive After Five Summer Concert Series, has stayed busy.

Through a partnership with New Life Baptist Church, the Clinton Main Street Program Promotion Committee offered “Movies at the Market” in June and has another set for this Thursday, July 24. With the inaugural season’s theme being “Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer,” last month “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” kicked off the new offering and “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” will be shown Thursday.

The Clinton Main Street’s Promotion Committee members said the aim of the event is to offer another child and family-friendly opportunity — this one just after sundown under the stars, a suitable ambiance to enjoy a movie.

Rose, who serves as the Clinton Main Street Program director, said the movies are another attempt to offer something new to the area, and do so as part of a local partnership. The audio and video equipment for the event is provided free of cost by New Life, which is the sole food vendor.

To go along with the movie and concessions, the Sampson County Animal Shelter has taken part in the event, driving home the theme. Rose called it “a good tie-in” with the screening of animal-related movies, and a “nice community outreach” to promote the availability of adoptable animals at the shelter.

They were out with several animals last month and will be there again Thursday.

July’s movie night was originally scheduled for July 10, but a rainy forecast prompted city officials to postpone.

However, everything is ready for this week, Rose noted.

“The Animal Shelter will be coming out again at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. with concessions provided by New Life Baptist Church,” she said.

Attendees are invited to bring their own chair, blanket or towel to sit on for the event, which will be held under the market facility with access to restrooms.

For more information, call Rose or Lyden Williams, planner with the City of Clinton, at 910-299-4904.

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-249-4616. Follow us on twitter @SampsonInd.