July 1, 2009
Family films are focus of King County’s ‘Movies @ Marymoor’ summer lineup
From treasure hunts to road trips to alternate universes, the 2009 summer lineup of King County’s popular “Movies @ Marymoor” outdoor cinema series is sure to draw families to the park during the long summer evenings this July and August.
“Now in its fifth year, the “Movies @ Marymoor” outdoor cinema has become a much-anticipated summer event,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown. “There is plenty of room for families to spread out on MacNair Field, have a picnic before the movie starts, and enjoy an evening in King County’s Marymoor Park.”
This year’s series is all about adventure and features many special guests who will provide pre-movie entertainment, games and prizes.
Opening the series July 29 is the animated Tim Burton film, “Coraline,” followed on Aug. 5 when the Muppets invade Marymoor for the showing of the family classic, “The Muppet Movie.” Moviegoers Aug. 5 will be treated to special guests from the Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum, which is hosting the exhibit, “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” through Aug. 16.
The movie series resumes Aug. 12 with “Spiderwick Chronicles,” then wraps up Aug. 19 with a screening of the classic Northwest adventure, “The Goonies.” The final movie of the summer will feature a special appearance by the Seafair Pirates.
Movies are shown at MacNair Field, which is located in the center of the park. Movie-goers can park in the adjacent lot and there is a $1 parking fee which can be paid at the parking station. Regional event company Epic Events provides the 30-foot by 50-foot inflatable screen and audio support.
Seating opens at 7 p.m., and movies begin at dusk. Admission is free, and a $5/person or $15/family donation is suggested, which helps King County Parks underwrite the movie series.
Here’s the complete line-up and approximate start time for each movie:
July 29 (9:25 p.m.) – Coraline (PG)
Aug. 5 (9:10 p.m.) – The Muppet Movie (G)
Aug. 12 (8:50 p.m.) – The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
Aug. 19 (8:40 p.m.) – The Goonies (PG)
Seating is on the ground, and low-back lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Popcorn, coffee and other treats are available for purchase from vendors in the park. Outside food is allowed, and movie-goers are encouraged to use the recycling bins. Alcohol use is strictly prohibited in King County Parks.
This is a dog-friendly event, and people with pets are asked to sit at the far end of the seating area. Pets are required to be on a leash and under control at all times, and owners must clean up after pets.
More information is available at www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/inventory/marymoor/movies.aspx , or by contacting the Marymoor Park office at 206-205-3661.
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