Macon, Georgia – Macon’s Parks and Recreation Department has something entertaining in store for the citizens of Macon and anyone who’s planning on visiting the city’s various parks. The event is called “Summer Sundown Movie Series” and it’s a relaxing fun-filled way for family to enjoy a movie under the moonlight. I spoke with the Recreations Programmer, Dominique Lewis who said, “the event is held every fourth Friday of the month. It started in March and runs its course in November.” They also host a special movie in December for the holidays. The events are funded by the Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant.

Summer Sundown Movie Series Macon
People gather on the lawn for the Sundown Movie. Photo by Donja M. Harper.

I attended a previous viewing of “Star Wars: Rogue One” at Central City Park and compared to the traditional movie experience I found it quite interesting. My initial reaction towards watching a movie out on the park grounds was that of a kid going on his first outdoor excursion. I was excited to partake in something out of the norm. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of attending a drive-in; which unfortunately, I never got a chance to experience. Drive-in’s pretty much disappeared in Middle Georgia before my generation could share in the pleasure of experiencing them. Although, there are still a few drive-in’s left you’d just have to drive some distance to attend one. So, for me the Summer Sundown Movie Series is the next best thing to a local outdoor theater experience.

Upon entry, I noticed that the movie screen was of a decent enough size where attendees didn’t have to huddle too close for a good view. It enables you to spread out amongst the grounds and still be able to enjoy a nice view of the screen. As I scanned the perimeter I noticed majority of the attendees sat in lawn chairs as opposed to the occasional blanket of which, I choose to use. I did find it difficult to view the screen while laying on a blanket if someone is sitting directly in front of you. Also, the further you sat away from the screen made it more difficult to hear the sound. The reason wasn’t due to a horrible sound system. It was more so the occasional conversing which at some point can seem excessive. I also found the restroom to be quite distant from the viewing section so I would allow time if you need to venture off in that direction. On the flipside when compared to the traditional theater experience. You don’t have to spend an outlandish amount of money for snacks. In fact, MPRD offers free snacks while they last. The concessions consist of popcorn and snow cones but attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks as well.

Macon Summer Movie Series
As the sun goes down, the movie will begin. Photo by Donja M. Harper.

Mrs. Lewis also spoke on the rules and regulation. She said, “We just asked that people don’t leave their trash and things of that nature, no smoking, no pets are allowed, and basically people should adhere to the regular park rules. The Summer Sundown Movie Series is definitely an event you don’t want to miss. It is a great way to put an end to the month. So, bring the family, pack some snacks, and enjoy a good movie under the moonlight.

For more information call Dominique Lewis (478) 621-6281 and connect with Macon Bibb Parks and Recreation via Facebook for all the latest events and updates.



Published by Don Harper

Don Harper's passion for writing came at an early age. As a second grader, he wrote his first short story, one about his father, a fireman. His teacher typed and edited it, and made the story into a hardbound book. This cherished memory inspired this now 35 year from Milledgeville to create. He is also fascinated by the culture of hip-hop. He began to write poetry and lyrics, and by the time I was in high school had joined a music group who performed live shows and even opened up for some major artists. His current endeavors include working on a trilogy of short stories and finishing his studies at Middle Georgia State University. He is completing his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in New Media and Communication. He hopes to one day acquire a position as a writer for a major network and to also have penned a best-selling novel.