Newton, NC – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie as the Newton Recreation Department kicks off the annual Movies in the Park series on June 23.

The free movies begin at dusk at Southside Park, located at 1775 Southwest Blvd.

The first showing is “The Lego Batman Movie.” Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite Lego Batman character.

Popcorn is free thanks to the local businesses that sponsor the series. This year’s sponsors are HealthSmart Pharmacy, The Law Offices of Leslie M. Yount, 2 Pink Magnolias, Tom’s David Beaver Vending, and Bassett Furniture. Drink and snack concessions will be available.

This year’s Movies in the Park series includes:

Friday, June 23: “The Lego Batman Movie”; Friday, June 30: “The Jungle Book”; Friday, July 7: “Sing”; Friday, July 14: “Moana.”

For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit