Downtown movie night off-campus relief

Inexpensive way to have fun

By Sydney Wegner
On August 29, 2014

The smell of sweet kettle corn filled the air downtown on Friday night as people of all ages sat in their lawn chairs and got lost in the way Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey slowly fell in love on screen.

Groups of all ages flocked to the parking lot between the Cactus Hotel and Miss Hattie’s on Friday night to watch “The Wedding Planner” at the KCSA Friday Night Downtown Movie.

KCSA radio station has hosted the movie night for six years, Rick Whitworth, manager at KCSA Radio, said.

“I went and saw one of the newer movies,” Lance LaBedelle, a junior, said. “I had a lot of fun and it was free, so it was perfect for a college student’s budget.”

The movies shown range from older westerns to newer movies such as Disney’s Frozen.

Movies are shown downtown every Friday night starting Memorial Day weekend until the last weekend in September, Whitworth said.

When the economy took adive eight years ago Whitworth proposed that the radio station come up with an inexpensive place for families to go, he said.

After six years the movie night’s success is only growing. In the beginning years they were happy to have 100 people show up— their record for this year is 1,302 people with an average of about 500 people showing up each week, Whitworth said.

KCSA wants to make it a fun IF YOU GO: What: KCSA Friday Night Downtown Movie When: Friday 9 p.m. Where: In the parking lot at 17 East Twohig Cost: Free! What else: Bring blankets or lawn chairs place for people of all ages to come out and have fun without spending a lot of money, Whitworth said, people of all ages are welcome, along with their dogs.

The movie night is made possible by the community’s donations, Whitworth said.

People can bring their own snacks— no glass or alcohol— but a concession is available.

After each of the movies, KCSA gives away prizes such as Schlitterbahn tickets and restaurants gift cards. On the last Friday of every month they host family night and give away two bicycles donated by Republic Services and Concho Valley Republican Women, Whitworth said.

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