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Photo by Ron Burkett.
People gather for a free outdoor movie in June 2015 at Veterans Park during the Free Friday Flicks outdoor movie series, which kicks off its 2016 season June 3.
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It’s time for free outdoor movies again at Veterans Park.
The Free Friday Flicks summer outdoor movie series kicks off June 3 with Disney animated film “Inside Out” and will continue with seven other films scheduled on Friday nights throughout the summer through July 29.
No movie will be shown July 1, and Aug. 8 is reserved as a rain date.
Here’s the complete lineup for this summer:
► June 3: “Inside Out”
► June 10: “Minions”
► June 17: “Hotel Transylvania 2”
► June 24: “Cinderella” (2015 version)
► July 1: No movie
► July 8: “Shaun the Sheep”
► July 15: “The Peanuts Movie”
► July 22: “Kung Fu Panda 3”
► July 29: “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”
► Aug. 5: Rain date
All the movies are animated, except “Cinderella” and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” and all are rated PG except for “The Peanuts Movie,” which is rated G, and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” which is rated PG-13.
The movie images are 30 feet wide and will be shown on a 38-foot-wide screen, said Keri Lane Hontzas, founder of the movie series and the company called Backyard Movie Parties.
The movies are shown at Veterans Park off Valleydale Road on the grassy area near the main pavilion.
Each movie is scheduled to start at dusk. The sun sets between 7:50 and 8:01 p.m. during the weeks the movies are scheduled. Hontzas encourages people to come early — around 6:30 p.m. — and have picnics in the park prior to the show.
There are typically food vendors present, but people are welcome to bring their own food as well. Hontzas also encourages people to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
This is the fourth year that Backyard Movie Parties had held its Free Friday Flicks series at Veterans Park in Hoover. Before that, the movie series was shown at Homewood Park. The movies typically draw 1,500 to 2,000 people, Hontzas said.
To get updates on movie cancellations due to bad weather, follow Backyard Movie Parties on Twitter at @BYMovieParties or on Facebook.
Summer weather in the South can be tricky, so even if it is raining at 5 p.m., the skies could clear by movie time, Hontzas said. She usually tries to decide whether or not to cancel about 6 or 6:30 p.m., she said.
This article was updated on July 27 to correct the "rain date" for Free Friday Flicks.