Art & Culture

Outdoor movies at Dunne Park back for fourth consecutive year

Free films, trivia, and other activities during this summer's Movies Under the Stars.

Hollister Recreation’s annual Movies Under the Stars began Friday June 15 with the showing of “The Lego Ninjago Movie” in Dunne Park.

Before each movie showing at 8:30 p.m., games and activities like trivia are scheduled for attendees, said Hollister Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Rodriguez.

“We turn it into an event so families can come out and spend the evening doing something together,” Rodriguez said.

This is the fourth year in a row the event has been held after it was postponed because of the lack of funds, Rodriguez said. She added that the event normally attracts about 200 people, but good weather and popular movies tend to attract about 400 people.

All activities are free to the public and children can earn prizes by correctly answering trivia questions.

One of the first activities before “The Lego Ninjago Movie” was Mission Crew, which featured probation officers dressed up as superheroes. The caped crusaders posed for pictures with children in attendance.

“Despicable Me 3” is the second movie scheduled to be shown on June 29. Before the movie, Hollister Recreation Karate Instructor Marieta De La Cruz will lead a demonstration and offer a one-on-one tutorial for the children.  

Activities before “Coco” on July 20 include sugar skull face-painting by an artist from the San Benito Arts Council. During the movie, the youth muralist program will be creating a mural.

“Wonder” will be shown July 27. Kindness Club will paint rocks for the Hollister Kindness Rocks Campaign, Rodriguez said. The goal is to paint a rock with an inspirational quote, image, or both. People can leave a rock or take one if it will inspire or motivate them in difficult times.

On August 3, “Peter Rabbit” is scheduled to play. The Hollister Animal Shelter will have its trailer truck in the park to showcase pets available for adoption.

The last movie of the event will be “Cars 3” on August 10. Hollister Recreation plans to have race cars available for people to take pictures with, along with Grand Prix signs.  

“We try to tie everything to make it a whole family-themed event,” Rodriguez said. “We have Ohana [Shave Ice] here that’ll have shaved ice that you can purchase and we have Tacos El Rodeo. So if you didn’t have a chance to make yourself a nice picnic basket there’s food here for you to purchase.”

The free event will continue to be held at Dunne Park as a way to revitalize the recreation area.


Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.