COLLEGEVILLE PA – This year’s debut of “Movies on the Lawn” at Ursinus College won’t actually be on the lawn, the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) acknowledges. Blame Mother Nature for that.
The Disney movie “Lilo and Stitch” will be screened as promised, Friday (June 23, 2023) at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) on the Ursinus College campus at 601 E. Main St. Because forecasters predict rainy weather, however, holding it on the expansive lawn fronting the street won’t be possible. Instead, the movie is moving indoors to the college’s Olin Auditorium, adjacent to its Berman museum.
Additional family activities also are planned before the movie starts. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
CEDC, which is partnering with the college to hold the movie, suggests visitors drive into the campus at the East Fifth Avenue entrance behind the Collegeville Fire Company building. “Park around Corson Hall or in the lots near the Facilities building. There is handicapped parking in the Corson lots,” it said.
Lawn chairs or blankets that might have been desirable for lawn seating will not be needed. The auditorium is filled with comfortable seats.
No food truck will be available for the event, but CEDC will sell soft pretzels, freshly popped popcorn, Kona Ice products, and water throughout the movie. Also, it said, “families are allowed to bring … their own food into the auditorium.”
Other activities planned, too
Getting there earlier could be fun. From 5 to 7 p.m., CEDC said parents and kids “are invited to stop by the Berman Museum of Art for a free, family-friendly ‘Model Magic Sculpting’ Workshop. Bring your kids to the art museum to see sculptures from professional artists and to make sculptures of their own!”
Advance registration is requested for the workshop. It’s suitable for ages 3 and older. All materials will be provided.
- The campus is open for outdoor sculpture tours. Get a free map, available at the museum, of all the outdoor art;
- The college bookstore will remain open until the movie starts. It sells popular titles for both adults and kids, as well as Ursinus College apparel and giftware; and
- A Community Music School faculty member will lead movie-goers in a sing-along of Disney movie songs in the auditorium while the crowd awaits the movie.
The next movie, Disney’s “Luca,” is scheduled for July 28 (Friday) at 8:30 p.m., hopefully on the lawn under clear skies. If weather threatens again, Olin Auditorium will be the place to be. That night’s extra activity at the museum will be a ‘Cut and Paste: Collage Making Workshop.’ All ages are welcome, all materials will be provided. Advance registration for it also is required.
Local sponsors make the movies possible. They include Action Karate Royersford-Collegeville, The Barnyard, Bella Persone Salon, Community Music School, Edward Jones Office of Justin Bartolomucci, and Kimberton Whole Foods.
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