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The popular Northark Free Summer Movie Series begins in July again this year at the Bill Baker Amphitheatre on the south campus of North Arkansas College.

Once a month each summer at sunset, residents enjoy concessions and free popcorn as they view movies on a huge 40-foot screen.

The first movie of the season is “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” the story of a boy who comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who wants to be a detective in a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle

The screenplay for the 2019 release was written by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly. The movie was directed by Letterman and stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.

The movie is set to start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with concessions opening at 7.

Pre-movie activities for kids include a scavenger hunt, a press release said.

“Crystal clear audio and an outdoor setting complete the family atmosphere,” the release said. “Northark is proud to host this event with the help of community sponsors.”

Presenting sponsors are Harrison Convention and Visitors Bureau and Cox Communications. Event sponsors are the Harrison Daily Times and 102.9 The Z. Movie sponsors are First National Bank of North Arkansas, Jerry Jackson Realty, Sprott, Golden & Bardwell and Sam Alexander Healthmart Pharmacy. Popcorn sponsors are Miller True Value Hardware, Main Street Merchandise Outlet and Air Evac Lifeteam.

“The Secret Lives of Pets 2” will be shown on Aug. 24, followed by “Toy Story 4” on Sept. 21.

You can visit www.northark.edu/summermovies for the most current information regarding show times and activities.

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