- Coachella residents wait for "Mr. Popper's Penguins" to begin on June 22 at Dateland Park. PHOTO: Johnny Flores/Coachella Unincorporated
By Johnny Flores,
Coachella, Calif. — Every Friday through August 17, Eastern Coachella Valley residents will gather at Dateland Park at dusk to watch movies as part of the new Movies at the Park program.
“There is no real objective with a measurable outcome in doing these movie nights on Friday, other than to simply create a space for families to do something together,” said Mayor Eduardo Garcia. “If we weren’t in a good situation financially, we wouldn’t be doing activities such as these.”
The movies are free and funded through the city’s general fund. Concessions such as popcorn, drinks, and ice cream are sold during the movie showings.
“I think that the summer movies are a great thing here in Coachella. It gives people something to do on Fridays and allows families to get together,” said Eva Alvarez, mother of three, who was watching “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with her family on June 22.
“This summer movie event is great! It’s family oriented and fun. It’s an alternative for families who cannot afford to go to the movie theatres with their children. Now they can come out here and enjoy a movie for free with the community,” said Jessie Loya, who has four children.
“The movies on Fridays are a great thing because it gives kids something to look forward to on Fridays. It’s nice to sit out here with the rest of the community, too,” said Sonia Dominguez.
The full movie schedule is as follows:
June 29 — “Puss in Boots”
July 6 — “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
July 13 — “Smurfs”
July 20 — “Toy Story 3”
July 27 — “Zookeeper”
Aug. 3 — “Fantastic 4”
Aug. 10 — “Hop”
Aug. 17 — “Happy Feet 2”
For more information please call (760) 347-3484.