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Movie Night July 18

Hope you like LEGO, Mineola, because they’ll be in prominent view on the big screen at the third annual Movie Night at the Park in Mineola on Friday, July 18, with a rain date of Saturday, July 19.


The free event will start in Wilson Park at dusk and feature The LEGO Movie. The first two films shown in 2012 and 2013, were The Lorax and Despicable Me, respectively.


“Bring your lawn-chairs and set up because it’s going to be a great night,” Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene said. “We’re expecting a couple hundred people to show. Last year we had 350 come.”


The Village of Mineola and Chamber-sponsored event will have a 25-foot tall inflatable screen, with snacks and refreshments available from the Mineola Junior Fire Department. Greene feels the event achieves two things: a fun movie for families and community engagement with businesses.


“We thought the movie night would be a great way to give something back to the community and show the businesses are community-minded.” Greene said. “The facility by the pool in Wilson Park is great.”


Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano feels the event “fits into the flavor of Mineola.” He’s from Plainview, but thinks the village emits a different community aura.


“People who live in Mineola don’t realize how much of a small-town atmosphere exists here, between the Christmas tree lighting, the Halloween party, the street fair,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go on in Mineola that you’d expect in a small Midwestern town.”


Mayor Scott Strauss expects it to surpass the last two movie nights. 


“It’s going to be a nice night,” he said. “Hopefully the weather cooperates. I want to be as good if not better than last year.”


Parents appreciate events like the movie night.


“To have an outdoor event like this and it’s free is great,” Cynthia DaCruz said.