Fresh off a free Movies in the Park screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that drew more than 300 people to Old Mill Park in August, the series returns this Friday, September 23 to honor the late, great Gene Wilder with a screening of Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The free outdoor film series, a collaboration between the Mill Valley Chamber of CommerceMill Valley Recreation and the California Film Institute, kicked off in 2014 as an opportunity to celebrate film in one of the most gorgeous settings in the Bay Area: the redwood grove of Old Mill Park.

Mel Stuart’s 1971 adaptation of the classic 1964 Roald Dahl novel features Wilder, who passed away August 29 at the age of 83, as the title character, who has hidden five Golden Tickets amongst his famous “Wonka Bars,” with Golden Ticket winners receiving a full tour of his tightly guarded candy factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate. What follows is a test of the character of each of the children and their parents amidst Wonka’s oft-surreal world.

The free film screenings are set in the redwood grove adjacent to the playground in Old Mill Park. Seating is general admission, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or low beach chair. The film begins at sunset, approximately 7:15pm on September 23.

The Movies in the Park series concludes October 14 – as part of the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival – with Pixar’s Oscar-winning 2015 film Inside Out, which takes place inside the mind of a young girl whose five personified emotions lead her through life.

Don’t miss this chance to see amazing films in the beautiful Old Mill Park – FOR FREE! Old Mill Park is at the corner of Throckmorton Avenue and Cascade Drive. NOTE: Due to a number of events in the area on Friday evening, parking will be limited around Old Mill Park. We encourage you to walk, bike or carpool.

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