Free Family Film Festival Continues in 2017

Free Family Film Festival Continues in 2017

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Annual Events, Family Film Festival, News | 2 comments

For the Summer of 2017, the always popular Annual Free Family Film Festival returns to the Park Theatre in North Vernon. The movies play every Wednesday from June 7- July 26 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The movies are completely free, thanks to the generous sponsors in and around the North Vernon area. June 7 – Angry Birds June 14 – The Secret Life of Pets June 21 – Ice Age: Collision Course June 28 – Trolls July 5 – Storks July 12 – Sing July 19 – Monster Trucks July 26 – The Lego Batman Movie  ...

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Sponsors, Volunteers Make Family Film Festival Possible

Sponsors, Volunteers Make Family Film Festival Possible

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Family Film Festival, News | 1 comment

As printed in the North Vernon Sun on June 2, 2014 Article by Bryce Mayer It’s summer time in North Vernon, and that means free movies at the Park Theatre Civic Centre. The 10th annual Family Film Festival starts there this week. Nine feature-length movies will be presented twice each Wednesday from June 4 through July 30. Admission for the showings, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Wednesday, is absolutely free – thanks to the sponsors who pitch in to fund the series and the volunteers who staff the concession stand and serve as ushers. Doors open an hour before each movie. “The kids go spastic over the free movies,” said Bill Reichenbach, ticket manager, maintenance man and jack of all trades at the downtown landmark located at 25 N. Madison Ave. “After every showing, I’ll see some little guy come out of the theater with his eyes as big as saucers who will say to me, ‘Thanks, I sure liked that.'” Parents and grandparents enjoy the films, too. “I tell the grandmas that we should charge them a baby-sitting fee for the two hours their children are in here,” Reichenbach said with a chuckle. With over 100 sponsors, the nonprofit Park Theatre is able to present the Family Film Festival movies for free to the public. “We couldn’t do this without our sponsors,” Reichenbach said. “Not only do a lot of businesses help with sponsorships, so do many individuals. We so greatly appreciate them.” The movies aren’t free for the Park Theatre. It has to pay $250 or more for each of the nine films, plus shipping charges. In addition, a projectionist must be paid. This will be the first year for the theater to present the Family Film Festival with its new digital projector and sound equipment. That equipment was installed last September. “People seem to like the new equipment,” Reichenbach noted. “They say not only is the picture better, so is the sound.” The first year of the festival, the free movies were shown only once each day. “We had people packed in and hanging from the rafters, so we decided to add a second showing,” Reichenbach said. “Last year, we averaged about 500 per day with around 250 at each showing. That was about perfect.” The theater has a seating capacity of 300 for movies. There are around 50 more seats available for plays and concerts when the balcony is open. Tickets are free but required for the Family Film Festival movies. “We encourage people to get tickets ahead of time because we only have room for 300 at each movie showing,” Reichenbach said. “People can get tickets any time we are open, but we advise them not to get any more than they will use. And if they find out they don’t need all the tickets they got,...

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2014 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

2014 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Annual Events, Family Film Festival, News | 0 comments

For the Summer of 2014, the always popular Annual Free Family Film Festival returns to the Park Theatre in North Vernon. The movies play every Wednesday from June 4 – July 30 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.The movies are completely free, thanks to the generous sponsors in and around the North Vernon area.   June 4 – Turbo June 11 – The Croods June 18 – Epic June 25 – Despicable Me 2 July 2 – Escape from Planet Earth July 9 – Smurfs 2 July 16 – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 July 23 – The Nut Job July 30 – The Lego Movie  ...

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2013 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

2013 Free Family Film Festival Movies Announced

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Annual Events, Family Film Festival, Featured Event, News | 0 comments

This Summer, the always popular Annual Free Family Film Festival returns to the Park Theatre in North Vernon. The movies play every Wednesday from June 5 – July 24 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.The movies are completely free, thanks to the generous sponsors in and around the North Vernon area. June 5 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax June 12 – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted June 19 – Para Norman June 26 – Shrek Forever After July 3 – The Pirates: Band of Misfits July 10 – Hotel Transylvania July 17 – How to Train Your Dragon July 24 – Rise of the Guardians (Special Christmas in July movie)  ...

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Players Busy as Elves Working on New Show

Players Busy as Elves Working on New Show

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Jennings County Players, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Sun on November 19, 2012 The Jennings County Players are busy preparing for their Christmas production, “Santa’s Christmas Tree.” The musical will be presented on the Park Theatre Civic Centre stage on Dec. 7, 8 and 9. The large cast features 31 children ages 4 to 14 and two adults. It includes John Kelley as Mr. Douglas; Ali Robinette as Lady Spruce; Riley Eder as Miss Merry; Brantley White as Sir Noble; Kaleb Downs as Blizzard Wizard; Evan Cofer as Little Sparrow; Luke Cofer as Blinky Bunny; Keagan Craig as Chipmunk; Joe Kelley as Squirrel; Sadie Marsh as Mother Sparrow; Alaina Robinette as Little Owl; Abigail Rowlett as Snowshoe Rabbit; Will Stark as Brother Skunk; Chloe Vermillion as Sister Skunk; CJ Taylor, Jeremiah Waggoner, Alana Daeger, Lidia Hall, Lexi Corcoran, Alydia Waggoner, Jasmine Craig, Chelsea Lawrence, Marlee Jones and Etta Greathouse as elves; Jaelyn Boswell, Kaiser Daeger, Jack George, Charlotte Palmer and Madison Voss as members of the children’s choir; Charley Foga as Santa Claus; and Judy Worrell as Mrs. Claus. Liz Eder and Connie Rayburn are the co-directors and Eve Davis is the musical director. Paul Fox is the set designer with Fox and Bill Reichenbach handling set construction. In this play written by Beverly Weiler, Santa’s mischievous elves forgot to get Santa’s own Christmas tree. So Santa sends them out to find the “most beautiful one of all.” Meanwhile, all the trees on Snowy Mountain dream of being chosen as Santa’s Christmas tree and living happily ever after in his forest. The funny and macho Mr. Douglas, the elegant and vain Lady Spruce and the sophisticated Sir Noble believe they are the perfect choice. And Miss Merry, the scraggly little pine, has to agree. But when the crazy Blizzard Wizard causes chaos for all the creatures of the forest, Miss Merry comes to the rescue and has her time to shine. The rest, of course, is Christmas history. “Santa’s Christmas Tree” was last presented by the Jennings County Players in 1992. Advance tickets are now on sale at the Park Theatre box office at $8 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, contact the Park Theatre at 346-0330 or...

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2012 Santa Express Sells Out!

2012 Santa Express Sells Out!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Annual Events, News | 0 comments

As printed in the North Vernon Plain Dealer on November 14, 2012Article by Bryce Mayer The bad news for youngsters and adults who want to ride the Santa Express passenger train in North Vernon on Saturday is that tickets for all seven rides are sold out. The good news is that standby seating may be available. “All (850) tickets have been gone for nearly a week,” said Bill Reichen­bach of the Park Theatre Civic Centre, which cosponsors the event with the Madison Railroad. “But there always are some people who don’t show up and the railroad will do what it can to find room for people who show up. People can still come to see the movie (‘The Polar Express’) and enjoy the day.” The seventh annual event involves short train trips, each about 30 minutes, from in front of the Park Theatre to Vernon and back. Tickets are $2 apiece. “This is our Christmas gift to the community,” said Cathy Hale, Madison Rail­road CEO. “All the ticket money goes to charity, too. It’s a good time for all.” The Santa Express train will include the Madison Railroad’s 50-passenger coach car and 30-passenger caboose along with a 40-passenger car provided by Roger Fueh­ring of F&M Car and Locomotive in Atlanta, Ind. The Madison Railroad crew volunteers its time to man the train for the special rides. “It’s amazing,” Reich­enbach said. “People love riding the train and many of them come a long distance to do so. It’s the start of the Christmas season, too, which also gets them fired up.” Santa Claus will accompany the passengers on each ride as will conductor Tom Taylor, who will punch tickets and lead the singing of Christmas carols. In conjunction with the Santa Express train rides, the Park Theatre will be showing the classic holiday movie “The Polar Express” this weekend: 7 p.m. Fri­day, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Chil­dren wearing pajamas will be admitted to the movie free. Adult tickets for the movie are $2 apiece. For more information, contact the Park Theatre, 25 N. Madison Ave., telephone 346-0330 or 346-4329, website...

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