Movie in the Park returns Saturday

Family comedy starring George Lopez to be shown at soccer field

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Crowds gather in Centennial Park prior to a Movie in the Park in 2008. The popular Kingman Parks and Recreation summer event resumes Saturday.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Crowds gather in Centennial Park prior to a Movie in the Park in 2008. The popular Kingman Parks and Recreation summer event resumes Saturday.

KINGMAN - The Kingman Parks and Recreation Department will host the first in its three-part Movie in the Park summer film series Saturday evening at Centennial Park.

The inaugural film for this year's series is the Nickelodeon comedy "Mr. Troop Mom," starring George Lopez as a widower who unwittingly becomes the "team mom" of a group of teenage campers when their original leader goes into labor.

The movie is free to the public and will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the soccer field behind Centennial Pool. According to Kingman Parks and Recreation Director Darel Fruhwirth, the film will be projected onto a mobile 75-foot by 40-foot screen, with accompanying Dolby digital surround sound.

"It's equivalent to what would have been a drive-up screen," Fruhwirth said. "And the weather looks to be good, so we're sitting pretty for this one."

Last year's film series drew more than 800 out to Centennial Park, so those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to arrive early and bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on-site.

Saturday's is the first of three movies at the park this summer. The second free movie, Dreamworks' "Monsters Versus Aliens" is scheduled for Friday, July 23. Parks and Recreation will also host a "float in" at Centennial Pool on Aug. 14, when the film will be, appropriately enough, "Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove." The float-in will not be free, however, and will carry a $2 entry fee.

Saturday's premier is being sponsored by local car dealer Martin Swanty.

For more information on this summer's "Movie in the Park" series, call Parks and Recreation at (928) 757-7919.