City looks to host free movie nights


Local tourism officials are looking to host free movie screenings for the public in the near future.

Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, during the regularly scheduled, Tuesday, June 23 City Tourism Commission meeting, said that she and Grayson County Tourism Director Brittany Gary have begun researching prices for showing movies in Leitchfield.

All films shown would be family-friendly with no admission cost, and there have also been discussions about holding themed movie nights, such as a “Fright Night” around Halloween, Johnson said.

Prices vary for holding film screenings based upon where they are shown and what film is played, according to Johnson. Officials are currently looking at the pros and cons of holding outdoor versus indoor film screenings.

Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., a movie distributor and public performance licensing agent in non-theatrical markets, reportedly stated that licensing fees to play a film once outdoors can range from $225 or more per showing; however, Motion Picture Licensing Corporation has stated that a blanket license to screen films indoors for 12 months can be purchased for $575, Johnson said.

Additionally, Johnson and Gary have spoken with a number of agencies regarding the equipment necessary to hold movie screenings locally.

Event planning company Backyard Bounce recently informed officials that it can provide a screen and sound system for $900, and Joseph Alexander, of R & B Productions, has sound and other equipment for showing movies but does not have a screen.

Johnson said if the city chooses to utilize Alexander for film screenings, Leitchfield could possibly purchase its own screen.

A specific location for hosting the film screenings has not yet been determined, but Johnson said their are numerous possible locations, including the Grayson County Middle School auditorium or one of the local baseball fields.

No official decision has been made about whether free movie nights will be held locally, but, Johnson said, “We would love to see it happen in October.”

Whether the city proceeds with outdoor or indoor film screenings will depend on public interest, Johnson said.

Anyone wishing to express his or her interest in the project or a preference about whether the city hold indoor or outdoor movie screenings is encouraged to contact the Centre on Main in Leitchfield at 270-259-5587 or e-mail Johnson at ilsa.johnson@leitchfield.org.

In other business:

*Johnson said Leitchfield Aquatic Center’s 2015 season is going well, and on the highest paying day, 586 people paid for entry into the water park.

However, the average number this season has been about 200 per day due to weather.

*The Tourism Commission elected its officers for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year, which begins on July 1.

Ryan Bratcher will serve as Chair. Lindell Sharp will serve as Vice Chair. Angie Jones will serve as Secretary. And Joyce Mudd will serve as Treasurer.

*The Tourism Commission granted approval for Leitchfield Tourism to, pending approval from County Tourism, share a booth at the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Expo in Bowling Green from Aug. 14-16.

*Johnson said the Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 20-30, and City and County Tourism are partnering with the Leitchfield-Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation to have a local presence at the event.

*Johnson said a one-day rook tournament will be held at the Centre on Main on Nov. 14.

The current goal is to have 40 teams participate in the tournament, which, depending on interest, may become a two-day event in the future.

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