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Utah Film Center offers final ‘drive-in’ movies

Utah Film Center announced Friday six new drive-in screenings at Salt Lake County Recreation Centers in West Jordan, Taylorsville, and Sandy on October 23 and 24. The weekend of drive-ins will be free but pre-show reservations are required due to limited parking lot space: UtahFilmCenter.org/Drivein

Josh Levey, Utah Film Center Programmer, said, “We want to end our drive-in season with a fun and safe opportunity for families to gather and enjoy classic films or spookier titles before Halloween. We look forward to celebrating with our community and providing a sense of normalcy in a year that has been anything but normal.”

The six films added to the Utah Film Center summer drive-in series programmed in partnership with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation are:

Gene Fullmer Recreation Center in West Jordan:

Friday, October 23 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

The Greatest Showman 

Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum’s mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

Saturday, October 24 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

Coraline

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

Taylorsville Recreation Center: 

Friday, October 23 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

The NeverEnding Story

On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called “The Neverending Story,” Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by “The Nothing,” a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

Saturday, October 24 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

Hotel Transylvania

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

Dimple Dell Recreation Center in Sandy:

Friday, October 23 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

ParaNorman

Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead — and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true — and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

Saturday, October 24 at 7 PM (Gates Open at 6 PM): 

Napoleon Dynamite

In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez). Together the two launch a campaign to run for class president.

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