People are allowed free access to enjoy family-friendly movies which are projected onto a giant inflatable screen named Maximus, which is placed into the zero feet entry, otherwise known as a beach access, of Archer Park’s pool.
“Everything is by us,” Superintendent of Recreation Richard Krauss said. “We have our staff go out and set up everything in the park.”
It has been ten years since “Movies in the Park” first started. It has grown popular and expanded from having 300 people come to having anywhere from 600 to 800 attend.
“We used to show the movies on a big sheet, and then we got the big inflatable screen, so it’s nice to see how much bigger and more professional we have gotten,” Krauss said.
A license fee for approval is bought with the help of sponsor Time Warner Cable, from Swank Motion Pictures, a company who provides the movies.
The list of movies and dates are as follows: The Muppets on June 2, Cars 2 on June 9, Reel Steel on June 16, Puss in Boots on June 23, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer on June 30, Adventures of Tin Tin on July 7, Happy Feet 2 on July 14, Dolphin Tale on July 21, Tangled on July 28 and Captain America on August 4.
“We are given a list of movies to choose from and we take a democratic vote as a staff and pick the best ones,” Krauss said.
After movies are chosen, McAllen Parks and Recreation put each movie through a process to have them ready for family viewing.
“We understand a lot of families come so we screen every movie and edit them to make sure they are appropriate,” Krauss said.
Along with movies, McAllen Parks and Recreation also provide hands on activities such as face paintings, moon jumps, and giveaways. Concession stands are also available to the public.