The East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library hosted its first outdoor movie night Friday, and it was an astounding success, system assistant director Mary Stein said.
Patrons were encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the Goodwood branch’s plaza, where a large viewing screen was set up.
“We had 500 people in attendance,” Stein said, adding that she couldn’t have ordered more perfect weather for the library’s first film, “Frozen.”
“Conditions were perfect, and there were zero mosquitoes,” she said. The crowd was diverse and plentiful, and so were the Elsa costumes, she said.
“The movie is very popular, so we had the Frozenites — is that what you’d call them? The Friends of ‘Frozen’? And we had food trucks and a princess. It was a lot of fun.”
The library closes early on Fridays and Saturdays, Stein said, so she wanted to have an event open to the public, but not inside, so staff could also enjoy the movie, if they wanted.
Almost every branch of the library has some kind of movie viewing event during the summer, said Stein, but those are all inside.
Movies will show every Friday throughout the summer when the library closes at 6 p.m., Stein said.
June 12, the pick is “a bit more cerebral — ‘The Princess Bride.’ It seems to have a cult following,” Stein said.
“Despicable Me 2” will play June 19.
For a complete schedule of library events, check the library’s events calendar, tinyurl.com/EBRlibrarycalendar.