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Family movie nights return to Palmdale Amphitheater

Kid-friendly classic “Toy Story” kicks off series this Friday

OW Staff Writer | 7/26/2013, midnight
This year marks the return of the popular “Family Movie Nights” to the Palmdale Amphitheater.

This year marks the return of the popular “Family Movie Nights” to the Palmdale Amphitheater.

“We’re thrilled to bring back movie night by popular demand,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagaliaro. “We’ll be showing four kid-friendly films starting with ‘Toy Story’ that will provide a great opportunity for families and friends to spend some quality time together.”

Tickets are $2, with kids 12 and under admitted free. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies will start at dusk. Families will also be allowed to bring a picnic dinner and non-alcoholic beverages to Family Movie Nights.

The star of “Toy Story” is Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy belonging to a wide-eyed boy named Andy. Whenever Andy is out of the room, Woody revels in his status as the boy’s number one toy. His supremacy is challenged by a high-tech, space-ranger action figure named Buzz Lightyear, who, unlike Woody and his pals, believes that he is real and not merely a toy. The rivalry between Woody and Buzz hilariously intensifies during the first half of the film, but when the well-being of Andy’s toys is threatened by a nasty next-door neighbor kid named Sid—whose idea of fun is feeding stuffed dolls to his snarling dog and reconstructing his own toys into hideous mutants—Woody and Buzz join forces to save the day.

Toy Story, which is rated G, was the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer. Director John Lasseter earned a special achievement Academy Award, while Randy Newman landed an Oscar nomination for his score.

The three other movies in the Family Movie Nights series are: “The Hunger Games,” Friday, Aug. 2, “How to Train Your Dragon,” Friday Aug. 9; and “The Avengers,” Friday, Aug. 16.

“At each movie, we’ll host a ‘Care With Cans’ Food Drive,” said Pagliaro. “For each canned food item you donate, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for some great prizes. The food drive will benefit the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES).”

Waste Management will also collect gently-used clothing at Family Movie Nights to benefit SAVES.

Sponsors of Family Movie Nights are the Antelope Valley Mall, High Desert Medical Group, Valleywide Dental and Waste Management.