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Summer of free movies starts Tuesday at Nassau County's Cedar Creek Park

Nassau County's Cedar Creek Park kicks off its

Nassau County's Cedar Creek Park kicks off its fourth annual outdoor movie night series Tuesday with a showing of "Despicable Me." Photo Credit: AP

Nassau County's Cedar Creek Park starts its fourth annual outdoor movie night series Tuesday with a showing of "Despicable Me."

The movies, which begin at dusk, are free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets and bug repellent, picnics or snacks.

This year, family movie nights will also be held at North Woodmere and Christopher Morley parks, said Trish Hood of the Nassau County Parks Events Department. Movies are also shown at Eisenhower Park and Nickerson Beach.

"We're finding that everywhere we put it, it's a successful program," Hood said Monday. "We're expanding it so it's closer to home for the taxpayer."

Often, older movies that parents loved as kids are shown, she said. "When it's a family thing, we get really good turnout," she said.

Movies may be canceled because of rain. Those unsure about whether a movie will show should call the individual parks.

The movie schedule at Cedar Creek continues with "The Princess Bride" on July 21; "The Lego Movie" on Aug. 4 and "Night at the Museum" on Aug. 18.

Movies shown at Christopher Morley Park include "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" on July 14 and "Jumanji" on Aug. 11.

North Woodmere Park is to show "The Lorax" on July 28 and "The Goonies" on Aug. 25.

Eisenhower Park at Lakeside Theater is to show "Earth to Echo" Thursday night, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" on July 16 and "Penguins of Madagascar" on July 23. On July 30, "The Book of Life" is to be shown, followed by "The Boxtrolls" on Aug. 6, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" on Aug. 13, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" on Aug. 20 and "Annie" on Aug. 27.

Nickerson Beach East Terrace shows "Madagascar" on July 10, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on July 24 and "Back to the Future" on Aug. 7.

Nickerson Beach West Terrace shows "Shark Tale" on July 19, "Enchanted" on Aug. 2 and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" on Aug. 16.

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