Movies on the Lawn

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for Free Movies on the Lawn, the popular double-feature family event put together by All Saints’ Church. “The Lego Movie” and “Divergent” will be presented Friday on the church lawn, 4-1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. 

“The Lego Movie” (Rated G, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2014), is an animated feature for kids with voiceovers from Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks. 

“Divergent” (Rated PG-13, Summit Entertainment, 2014), is a science fiction and action film starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ashley Judd.

“The first show is animated and geared toward children and the young at heart,” said All Saints’ spokeswoman Sybil Nishioka. “The second show is a blockbuster or big drama for the teens and older people.”

Free Movies on the Lawn started in 2010 as a community outreach event. The concessions feature “Dollar Dogs” and 50 cent popcorn, hot chocolate, chili or Portuguese bean soup with other snacks and drinks, all made affordable with food donations from the Hale Lani Christian Store and the volunteer concessionaires of the Ke Akua Youth Group.

Their efforts make it possible for families to enjoy an inexpensive night out with movies and dinner for just a few dollars, said Nishioka, who is also director of the Ke Akua Youth Group, and the Hale Lani Store manager.

“We want to keep the movies free to the public, and cost of the food and snacks low enough to get the families to come out,” Nishioka said.

A grant from the Sloggett Trust helps to cover the cost of renting an inflatable 30-foot movie screen from Sunset Cinema to show the films. Funds also go toward paying licensing fees for public screenings of major motion picture.

“It costs $1,200 to put on a show for one night and that is why we use grant money,” she added. “We try to keep it free and pray for good weather.”

The final two screenings of the year are Saturday, Sept. 27 for “Frozen” and “Godzilla,” and on Saturday, Oct. 18 for “Despicable Me 2” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

“We have people coming in an hour early to park and get good spots on lawn,” she said.

“It depends on the movies and the blockbuster show but we usually get around 400 people, sitting on blankets and even using pup tents.”

The movies are free and start at sundown.

Donations are welcomed at the food booth. Info: Sybil Nishioka at 651-7773, halelani@hawaiiantel.net and www.allsaintskauai.org/movie-nights-on-the-lawn.

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