After struggling in recent months Classic Movies in the Park have returned.

“This is such a magical event,” said Amy Crofts, committee chair. “It is popular with church youth groups, families and retired couples.”

The movies are shown on a big screen in Reagan Park on the first Saturday of every month. In the winter the movies start at 7 p.m. and in the summer they start at dusk.

Even though the city has stepped in to keep this community event alive, they are still in need of sponsors.

“Anyone from families, businesses, organizations, and community groups can be sponsors,” Crofts said. “A four-month sponsorship is $50 and a year is $100.”

For each sponsor an ad is made for a power point presentation shown before the movie starts.

“For business we do ads, and for families we do a thank you,” Crofts explained.

The sponsorships go to defraying the cost of purchasing the movies to show and equipment costs.

“We did not realize this was going to get so popular,” Crofts said. “They are doing outdoor movies on cruise ships, other cities and college campuses.”

According to Crofts, Palestine was the first city to do outdoor movies.

“We are the original and want to keep it going,” she added.

The classic movies range from “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Yours Mine and Ours” to John Wayne and Elvis classics.

“We are currently taking requests for movies and if they get in by the middle of December they could be added to the schedule for 2006,” Crofts said.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

“Food donations will go to the Children’s home and separate donations will be accepted for the movie program,” Crofts said.

All donations will help with the cost of keeping up and replacing equipment.

“We are currently saving to purchase a new inflatable screen,” Crofts said. “It will be much easier than the current screen.”

Crofts said many people joke about coming early to watch the show of them putting up the screen for the movie.

All movie showings will be in the park.

“People said it lost it’s magic when we move it inside, even when it is cold,” she said.

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