Vail Valley Voices: Movie nights in Minturn
Vail, CO, Colorado
Rebecca Ruck, Mobloggy (social media and Internet marketing): “Minturn is the perfect community to live, raise children, or to build a business in. And when you are really lucky, you get to do all three here.”
Alex Rachowicz, Minturn Anglers (fly fishing shop and guide service): “We all seem to love the same things about Minturn — the community feel, endless outdoor activities right at our doorsteps, and just enjoying life in our beautiful town. We all want to be right here, which has truly helped create a very tight knit community and a special place to live.”
Jim White, Minturn town manager: “I love Minturn because we are small, yet proud, strong and independent. We have great energy here and people are receptive to new ideas. We honor our history while continually looking for ways to improve our community. People recognize that they are in a special place when they come here!”
Last year the popcorn machine was borrowed; the movie screen was a painter’s tarp; Earle Bidez (Minturn town councilman and Custom Audio Video Inc. owner) donated the sound system; the town loaned out their projector, and only a few movies were shown.
This year, with the vision of Lisa Osborne (Minturn local and member of the Minturn Police Department) and the help of Maren Lantzy (Minturn local and Minturn Community Fund board member), Michelle Metteer (town of Minturn), the Minturn Community Fund and sponsors, Movies in the Park is now set to be a standard event for Minturn in the summer months.
This year, with the generous help of sponsors who love Minturn, Movies in the Park has received a jump start. Mobloggy is this year’s Movie Star top sponsor with a generous donation of the inflatable movie screen. Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar signed on as the Concessionaire Sponsor and created a one-of-kind Kirby Cosmo’s popcorn machine that will be used at every movie night and other events in the community.
Popcorn wasn’t available at every movie night last year. This year, every movie night will have free popcorn to go along with the free movie. Popcorn bags and supplies, along with other marketing materials are made possible by the Feature Presentation sponsors.
This year, Jerry Sibley Plumbing is sponsoring two of the six movie nights, along with Minturn Anglers, The Yarn Studio, Jim White with the town of Minturn, and Yaway Service Center’s Tim and Lisa Osborne. Tim and Lisa also donated a banner as a movie night reminder.
Each of these sponsors will have their business featured on the popcorn bags and will introduce the movie for the night. They are also giving away something at the event to either the crowd or one lucky winner.
Additional “Supporting Cast” sponsors include Maren Lantzy, Wild Blue Bug Photography and a local business owner.
This year, the movie selections were based on a theme: Western, teen, date, fright, kids, and general admission night. Online voting was opened up to the public, and the final movies have been selected (subject to change, based on availability).
Western: “City Slickers”; Teen: “School of Rock”; Date: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; Fright: “Ghostbusters”; Kids: “Cars”; General: “Back to the Future.”
Movies in the Park at Little Beach Park and Amphitheater in Minturn (just minutes from Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Beaver Creek) will run every other Saturday starting June 25 until Sept. 3. Movies and popcorn are free and the event is open to the public. Movies start at dusk (around 8 p.m.). Bring your dinner with you and come a little early to chat with your Vail Valley neighbors.
The Little Beach Park and Amphitheater in Minturn is nestled between the Minturn cliffs and the Eagle River. Little Beach Park is located on Cemetery Road (just over the Cemetery Bridge) right on the Eagle River.
Available for private parties. The informal lawn seating of the amphitheater is terraced and beautifully landscaped, and the open-air stage has plenty of power for a movie or band and the entire amphitheater is outfitted with lighting for night use. To make reservations: 970-827-5645, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jodi Born is the executive director of the Minturn Community Fund.
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