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 17.

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

The first showing is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite Star Wars 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, Geppeto’s, and Twin City Insurance.

Drink and snack concessions will be available.

This year’s Movies in the Park series includes:

Friday, June 17: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Friday, June 24: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Friday, July 1: “Minions”

Friday, July 8: “Paddington”

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