What could be better than kicking back and enjoying a good movie on a warm summer evening? Watching it outside with more than 100 friends … for free.

The city of Woodstock is continuing the summer tradition of Movies in the Park, a free movie showing outside on a big screen. The 12th season kicked off with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” shown at the Park in the Square.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said city of Woodstock office assistant Betsy Cosgray. “We had close to 100 people.”

Previously held at Woodstock Waterworks, this was the first time the city hosted a movie at the Park in the Square.

Cosgray said the weather cooperated, and, once the sun went down, the silhouette of the gazebo in the background of the screen created an idyllic Woodstock Square scene.

The next installment of Movies in the Park will be “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, under the big tent at Emricson Park. The location change coincides with Woodstock’s Summer in the Park festivities, utilizing the big tent that will be in place for the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation Barndance.

Juggler RC Juggles and a magician will provide pre-movie entertainment, and free popcorn and water will be offered to moviegoers. Visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and bringing snacks is permitted.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is rated PG-13 and runs for 133 minutes.

In August, Movies in the Park will return to the Park in the Square for “Grease Sing-Along” at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Plans are in the works to sponsor a 50s-themed costume contest and to embrace the back-to-school aspect of the movie, inviting students to gather in school groups to watch the movie.

“Grease Sing-Along” is rated PG-13 and runs for 85 minutes.

Cosgray said the city continues to offer this popular free summer event “to foster a sense of community.”

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