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HDDA hosts movie night at Bryant Commons
Friday's showing is third in series of 5

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority will host a screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” at the amphitheater at Bryant Commons on Friday, Oct. 3.

Friday’s show, sponsored by Holtzman Companies, is the third in a series of five movie screenings put on by the HDDA in Bryant Commons. “The Lego Movie” and “Grown Ups” both were shown in August.

“The (HDDA board of directors) really wanted to offer just a low-cost, fun, family-oriented series of events at Bryant Commons, so the movie night came up as an option,” said HDDA Executive Director Michelle Ricketson. “(Movie night) has been very successful in community building in other places, and so they thought we would give it a try.”

According to Ricketson, the “Movie in the Park at Bryant Commons” initiative serves two purposes: bringing together people in the community and raising awareness of all that Bryant Commons has to offer.

“We want people to come out and see Bryant Commons and be excited about the beautiful facility that we have here,” she said. “We think that just having some quality entertainment where there’s a group of community folks gathered is going to help promote just a good sense of community.”

The movie night initiative has also gained support from local sponsors, including Fort Stewart’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, which is providing audio and visual assistance for the screenings. Other lead sponsors include State Farm, Happy Acres, GeoVista Credit Union and the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association, which operates the Telephone Museum at Bryant Commons.

Admission to the movie is free, and parking costs $1 per vehicle. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, folding or camping chairs and flashlights for seating on the tiered, grassy area in front of the amphitheater. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at 7:30.

Concessions such as bottled water, soda and various snacks also will be available for purchase. Coolers are not permitted.

“This isn’t a money-maker for the HDDA,” Ricketson said. “It’s outreach from the HDDA saying, ‘We want folks to come to Bryant Commons; we want to help build up the community and for folks to come out and have a great time.’”

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