London to host Movies by Moonlight

By Andrew Garrett -

Movies by Moonlight kicked off Friday night in London with a showing of “Despicable Me 3.” Approximately 100 residents arrived at Cowling Park to enjoy the balmy weather and the family-friendly flick with neighbors.

Continuing through August, the free film series will show a different family-oriented movie approximately every two weeks throughout the duration of the summer months at the park. The films will be shown at dark, so expect somewhere between 8 and 9 p.m. for a start time. Different activities for the kids will be sponsored before each showing, and free snack and drinks will also be available.

The screen and projection equipment were generously provided by the Associates of Stanley Electric U.S., according to London Mayor Patrick Closser.

Rob Treynor, owner of London’s State Theater helped in obtaining licensing for the showing of each feature. The cost of that licensing amounted to $400 per film. The following London area branches of organizations graciously provided the funding to make the film series possible: United Way, Kiwanis, First United Methodist Church, Rocking Horse Community Health Center, Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and PAX.

The next films in the series are scheduled as follows:

• Friday, June 15 — “Padding 2”

• Friday, June 29 — “Jumanji”

• Friday, July 13 — “Coco”

• Friday, July 27 — “The Jungle Book”

• Friday, Aug. 10 — “Peter Rabbit”

All the information on the movies can be found at the city website:, or on Facebook pages: @mayorclosser, @LondonOhioGovtServices and @londonparksandrec. These will have updated information on what special events will happen with the movies and information on rain dates and cancellations if needed.

“I look for the movies to grow in attendance as the word gets out more on how fun the events are,” Mayor Closser said.

“I do want to thank all the sponsors because these family-friendly, free events wouldn’t be possible without their generosity.”

By Andrew Garrett

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