Yelm Lions Club to Host ‘Movies in the Park’

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 5/31/22

Movies in the Park will return this summer with a strong line up of screenings.

The event, hosted by the Yelm Lions Club, has been running for seven years.

“It started out with my husband …

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Yelm Lions Club to Host ‘Movies in the Park’


Movies in the Park will return this summer with a strong line up of screenings.

The event, hosted by the Yelm Lions Club, has been running for seven years.

“It started out with my husband and I as young Lions Club members,” one of the event’s organizers Christy Garcia said. “He had seen other communities do something like Movies in the Park and thought ‘I think we can pull this off.’”

Garcia’s husband Pedro was able to obtain a small screen that was set up at Yelm City Park and Princess Bride was shown. The goal was to provide free entertainment to kids and families in the area.

“It was by the main highway so there was a lot of auto noise and motorcycles tearing in and out,” Garcia said. “We learned our lessons and we collaborated with the city of Yelm and ended up at Longmire Park, which was a much better place to show a movie.”

After they received a grant from the Nisqually Tribe, a larger screen was secured that was perfect for showing movies outdoors. The coordination of the event also switched from the Yelm Lions Foundation to the Yelm Lions Club.

There will be five movies shown at Longmire Park this summer. They include The Princess Bride on June 18, Raya on July 2, Wreck-It Ralph on July 16, Jungle Cruise on July 30 and Sing 2 on Aug. 13.

The Yelm Lions Club is collaborating with the local Yelm Boy Scouts and volunteers from the local Outpost Church to set up and tear down the equipment.

“We have it down to a little over an hour to do the process with all the wires and speakers and getting them loaded into a truck,” Garcia said.

A lot of planning goes into the events. A committee has been set up to handle the logistics as well as the licensing fees to show each movie. The Yelm Lions Club tries to offset the cost by collaborating with local businesses and offering advertising space on the movie screen.

This year, the Yelm Lions Club also plans to bring in food vendors and vendor space is available for $25. The club has partnered with Baines Famous Kettle Corn to bring an extra local flavor to the event. Vendors set up at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk.

“I would say a good night is a couple hundred people out at the movie,” Garcia said. “That’s pretty consistent for a good showing, but obviously it’s weather dependent and after COVID-19 people are still concerned about being in a crowd, even though it’s outside.”

Movies are family-friendly and almost always have a G or PG rating. The movies can be watched for free.

The Yelm Lions Club has about 50 members and Garcia will be the incoming president this year. She has been on the board for almost 10 years and has seen the impact the Lions have on the community.

The Yelm Lions Club’s main mission is to help people with their vision. The club has a budget set aside to help people obtain free eyeglasses and eye exams if they don’t have insurance. They also collaborate with the NW Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center to recycle eyeglasses.

The Yelm Lions Club does things like quarterly highway cleanups. The group also hosts a Christmas Store during the holidays for children under 12 who can pick out free gifts for adults in their household at the Yelm Lions Club’s Carlson Cabin. The club also donates money to organizations like Dollars for Scholars and All Kids Win.

For updates about the Yelm Lions Club and Movies in the Park, people can go to the club’s self titled Facebook page.


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