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Elvis Lives - at Fairfield Park

Elvis Lives - at Fairfield Park

There's no comfy seating, the temperature control is random, the movies are seriously dated and you bring your own popcorn - but people right around the region are flocking to see Summer Movies al Fresco.

Event director Antony Hodgson says a record crowd of over 500 turned out last week at Fairfield Park for Frankenstein and he's expecting a record crowd this week for Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender.

"It's not just about the movie - it's the shared experience of the big screen under the stars in your local park, with a group of friends, enjoying a picnic, watching the sunset and basking in the movie nostalgia," Antony says.

Summer Movies al Fresco, shown in association with Forsyth Barr, is about half way through the season with screenings still to come in Nelson, Richmond, Takaka and Motueka.

The Amplified Picnics are also back this year before several of the movies. Starting at 6pm families can come along to the park, enjoy sounds mixed by local DJs and have some fun with hula hoop, jump rope, poi and big ball volleyball until it gets dark enough to show the movie (around 9pm). These activities are free, but remember to bring gold coins if staying for the movie.

The Sealord Summer Festival is produced by the Nelson City Council as a celebration for locals and an added attraction for visitors. Check the full events programme, Summer in Nelson, available from councils, info centres and retailers.

Movie & screening details follow

Frankenstein (1931) M. 75mins
An atmospheric horror classic in which Dr Frankenstein, an obsessed
scientist, succeeds in creating a living being from parts of exhumed

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) G. 120mins
The oceans during the late 1800s are no longer safe, many ships have been
lost. A ship sent to investigate encounters the advanced submarine, the
Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Love Me Tender (1956) PG. 90mins
Plenty of horses, gunfights and true love in this Western, set at the end of
the American Civil War.

The Little Princess (1939) G. 90mins
Shirley Temple gives a genuine and enchanting performance as Sarah Crewe
facing the hardships of fate after her father is sent to fight in the Boer
Summer Movies Al Fresco in association with Forsyth Barr
Thursday 10 January ­ Sunday 27 January
9.00pm - 11.00pm
Cost: $2 Adult, $1 Child

Al Fresco Movies to come
Thur 17 Jan The Little Princess
Tapawera School (Amplified Picnic)
Fri 18 Jan 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Victory Square (Amplified Picnic)
Sat 19 Jan Love Me Tender
Fairfield Park (Amplified Picnic)
Sun 20 Jan Frankenstein
Washbourn Gardens (Amplified Picnic)
Thur 24 Jan Love Me Tender
Decks Reserve Motueka (Amplified Picnic)
Fri 25 Jan 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Isel Park (Amplified Picnic)
Sat 26 Jan The Little Princess
Fairfield Park (Amplified Picnic)
Sun 27 Jan 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Village Green Takaka (Amplified Picnic)


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