Movies In The Park A Reality

By ERIC X. VICCARO

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Here’s a preview of coming attractions: Movies are on their way back to Ste. Genevieve.

The Ste. Genevieve County Library and Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Centre are joining forces to show a film in May.

That will be followed by a five-part movie series, a joint production of the Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board and the library.

Several years ago, before he was a Ward 3 aldermen, Mike Raney brought about the idea for a movie series at Pere Marquette Park.

“I’m excited to hear about that,” Raney said. “I’m thrilled to hear that it’s going to happen.”

Raney his wife, Debbie, and daughters Krisden and Madison thought about having a movie series as an ongoing project – and he even pitched it to then city administrator Martin Toma.

He first brought it to the park board’s attention when he addressed the June 24, 2017 meeting. From the beginning, everyone was intrigued with the idea.

Krisden also had the idea of allowing food trucks to participate in events, however the potential movie series fizzled before it started.

Now, it’s going to happen — thanks to both city and county level services.

The first movie, “Jurassic Park,” is set for May 15 with dinosaur-themed activities beginning at 5 p.m. at the Marquette Park Soccer Complex.

“People are looking for entertainment,” Shawn Long, Ste. Genevieve County Public Library director, said. “We want to be able to provide an experience people don’t have at the theater.”

The Orris Theatre stopped showing first-run movies generations ago. Families need to drive 30 minutes west, south or north to find cinemas in Farmington, Perryville and Festus, respectively.

“Jurassic Park,” the movie series premiered in 1993, three years after the 1990 novel of the same name written by Michael Crichton was published.

The Steven Spielberg-directed film centers around a fictional island, where a wealthy businessman John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough) and a team of scientists create a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs.

The movie will be free of charge, starting at dusk.

Long reported there will be activities for a nominal fee and concessions will be offered. There also will be a pop-up library where residents can sign-up for library cards.

“We wanted to be able to start programming again,” Long said, “and this allows us to bring the community back together, and not worry about distancing.”