The free Movies in the Park series, which kicked off in Old Mill Park in 2014 with screenings of the blockbuster Lego Movie and the classic 1941 animated film  Hoppity Goes to Town, returns with an expanded lineup in 2015.

The event, a collaboration between the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Mill Valley’s Recreation Department and the California Film Institute, begins this Friday, August 28, with a screening of Maleficent, the 2014 live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, from the perspective of the antagonist played by Angelina Jolie. Maleficent was fourth highest-grossing film of 2014 and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design at  the 87th Academy Awards.

The Movies in the Park series continues Friday, September 25 with Big Hero 6, the 2014 3D animated superhero comedy that tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain. The film won a Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature.

The series concludes on Friday, October 16 with a screening of the legendary classic Wizard of Oz.

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 main feature begins at sunset.

“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with our friends at the City and CFI on what is be a fantastic series in a truly spectacular setting,” Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Co-Director Paula Reynolds says. “Events like this bring our community together, stimulate our local economy and deepen the Mill Valley Film Festival’s ties to the town from which it derives its name.”

Jenny Rogers, the City’s Recreation Director, says “We look forward to partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and the California Institute in bringing more outdoor free movie events to the community in the years to come.”

John Morrison, the California Film Institute’s Education Director and MVFF’s Children’s FilmFest Programmer, says the venue “amidst the redwoods in Mill Valley has always been a favorite spot of mine, so working with the Recreation department, the City of Mill Valley and the Chamber to produce a film event there has been such a pleasure all around.”

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