June 25 – Hotel Transylvania 2, Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway
July 9 – Minions, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.
July 30 – Pan, Jullion Park, 3901 N. Jullion Way
Aug 6 – The Good Dinosaur, Borah Park, 801 S. Aurora
Aug 20 – Inside Out, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.
Sept 9 – Zootopia, Hobble Creek Park, 6050 N. Park Meadow Way
ORIGINAL STORY: jUNE 15, 2016
The Force reawakens Saturday, June 18 and keeps blasting with a series of movies under the stars at city parks all across Boise. Star Wars VII will be screened at Julia Davis Park, the first of seven Saturday evenings of free movies, presented by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and the Boise Schools Education Foundation.
“In a nutshell, we have a very large inflatable movie screen, so we just show up at neighborhood parks and let the community enjoy a movie,” said Clay Lee, Youth Recreation Coordinator for Boise Parks and Recreation.
In addition to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this year's Movies Under the Stars slate also includes Minions, Zootopia, and The Good Dinosaur. In all, seven films will screen this summer, beginning June 18 and wrapping up by mid-September. The program distributes a survey to the Boise School District, where families can directly vote for the movies they want to see.
“The top three go to Julia Davis Park, where we typically see the biggest crowds,” Lee said.
The strategy with using an inflatable screen allows the program to drift from park to park, spreading the fun to families throughout all quadrants of Boise.
“When we show a movie at a smaller park, its great. We see neighbor association. It’s a great big handshake.”
In addition, the program hosts a number of activities for children before the flashlights turn on, including dodgeball and capture the flag. Lee also said the Boise High Choir has provided face painting at Julia Davis.
“We try to incorporate activity in the program by providing games for the kids; sometimes I’ll start a Conga line,” Lee said. “It’s not only to show a movie, but for families to come together outside and enjoy activities, food vendors, and their community. We just ask them to show up with blankets and a lawn chair. Boiseans are so good at being flexible.”