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Sterling sets movie schedule for new summer program

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:46 p.m. CST

STERLING – The voters have spoken, and the city has unveiled the eight free flicks to be shown during its premier summer movie program, which begins May 31 at Grandon Civic Center.

The winning movies, which will air at 8 p.m. every other Thursday, are “Despicable Me,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Up,” “Forrest Gump,” “Finding Nemo,” “Back to the Future,” “The Goonies” and “Remember the Titans.”

The program is being organized by Hadley Skeffington-Vos, the city’s management intern, who says the movies chosen will please a wide audience.

They are family-friendly, and I think older generations wouldn’t be opposed to seeing them,” she said.

The program will end with “Remember the Titans” on Aug. 23, chosen to air last as a kickoff for football season, Skeffington-Vos said.

Between an online poll at sterling-il.gov and polls done at Challand Middle and Sterling High schools and the Sterling Kiwanis Club, the city had more than 300 responses to its call for votes, she said.

Local groups and businesses will be allowed to sign up to sell concessions before the movies.

Along with donations and sponsorships, the city is selling on-screen advertisements to local businesses, which will cover the cost of the licenses to show the movies, a projector, a DVD player and a screen. Licenses cost $100 to $300, depending on the movie, Skeffington-Vos said.

Summer movie program

The following flicks will be shown at 8 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling:

– May 31: “Despicable Me”

– June 7: “The Wizard of Oz”

– June 21: “Up”

– July 5:  “Forrest Gump”

– July 19: “Finding Nemo”

– Aug. 2: “Back to the Future”

– Aug. 16: “The Goonies”

– Aug. 23: “Remember the Titans”

To make a donation, buy an ad or ask about selling concessions, call Hadley Skeffington-Vos at 815-632-6639.

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