Nothing beats a movie and popcorn, except a free movie and free popcorn.
McMinnville Parks and Recreation is offering movie nights, with the first beginning this Saturday, June 11, on Cat Walker Field. Being shown will be “Finding Nemo.” The movie will start at sundown, or approximately 8:15 p.m.
“We are showing movies the second week of June, July, August and September,” said Kendra Foust, McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator. “Three of the four movies will be outside on Cat Walker Field. The other movie will be shown as part of the Smokin’ in McMinnville cook-off competition. It will be indoors.”
Disney’s “Finding Nemo” is rated G and is about an adventurous young clownfish who is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist’s office aquarium. It’s up to his worrisome father Marlin and his friendly, but forgetful, regal blue tang fish Dory to bring Nemo home.
The sequel “Finding Dory” opens in theaters June 17.
“We thought it would be the perfect time to show “Finding Nemo,” said Foust. “Come watch it with us and then go see ‘Finding Dory’ at your local movie theater.”
The other movies:
• July 9 -- “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” By Sony Pictures Animation, the movie is rated PG. A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, things are about to take a turn for the worst when the machine spins out of control. Shown on Cat Walker Field at sundown.
• Aug. 12 -- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This movie is sponsored by Kroger of McMinnville. By Disney, the movie is rated PG-13 and was released in December 2015. Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them. Shown inside the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 10 -- Disney’s “Zootopia.” The movie is rated PG. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Shown on Cat Walker Field at sundown.
Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Alcohol will not be permitted. However, alcohol will be sold outside the Civic Center during Smokin’ in McMinnville, while the movie will be shown indoors. Smoking will not be allowed on the field or inside the Civic Center.
Other concessions will be available.