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Movies by Moonlight series returns
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
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From left, Angela Matthews, chair of Movies by Moonlight, and committee members Scott Foerst, Clare Stefan and Jim McGee will host the events on the activity lawn of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal From left, Angela Matthews, chair of Movies by Moonlight, and committee members Scott Foerst, Clare Stefan and Jim McGee will host the events on the activity lawn of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.
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Stars of cinema and the night sky will come together in what has become a late summertime and early fall tradition. The three-part outdoor Movies by Moonlight series, hosted by Leadership Sandy Springs, kicks off with Friday night’s showing of the hit animation flick, “The Croods.”

The showcase of family friendly fare returns to the activity lawn at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.

“Each year Movies by Moonlight adds to Leadership’s mission to help build a better Sandy Springs,” said event committee member Scott Foerst. “Sandy Springs families look forward to the cool fall nights with a little bit of fun, mystery and intrigue that you can only find at the old drive-in movies of days past.”

The church lawn comes alive with the sights and sounds of the pre-movie buildup at about 5:30 p.m. Concessions, music and an array of planned activities — tumbling, Boy Scout flag-retiring ceremonies and fire and police department demos among them — fills the hours.

Showtime usually coincides with nightfall, at about 8:30 p.m., when an inflatable screen with a state-of-the art digital projection and sound system takes center stage.

“Once the movie starts, everybody kind of hunkers down in their lawn chairs or on their blankets,” said Leadership board member and event Chair Angela Matthews. “An incredibly high-quality outdoor cinema event is delivered to the audience … and a great time is had by all.”

Judging by its popularity, Movies by Moonlight will likely continue to be a mainstay with local residents.

Last year’s series drew a cumulative total of 3,000 movie-goers.

“It has a bit of a fall festival theme to it,” Foerst said. “The event blends a diverse community, numerous sponsors and fun outdoor activities into a wonderful happening.”

“I have brought my own daughters, friends and their friends many years in a row.”

Following “The Croods,” Movies by Moonlight will continue Sept. 6, when the live-action hit “Oz the Great and Powerful” will be shown. The Sept. 27 presentation of “Wreck-It-Ralph” will conclude the series’ 2013 run.

Organizers acknowledge being emboldened by an outpouring of positive community feedback.

“Folks love the fact it is family friendly and we see all ages come and enjoy the event — from toddlers to grandparents, Matthews said. “It is a great way for folks to get out and meet their neighbors and to also meet some of the local businesses in our great city.”
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