Photo courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Photo courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

“Frozen” in the park

Soldotna residents will have to brave the cold to get frozen.

This Friday, the city of Soldotna and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will present the Disney film “Frozen” as part of the city’s first Movie in the Park.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Soldotna Creek Park.

Tami Murray, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, said there were several reasons “Frozen” was chosen for the family friendly event.

“[The movie] is fun, it’s a kid movie and it also tied in with winter,” she said.

Murray said the city was looking for new ways to use the park, which had been renovated last year. She said it was decided that showing a movie outdoors on a big screen would be a fun way to bring people together. The event is expected to draw more than 200 people to the park, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Spectators will be treated to free popcorn and refreshments.

Because the film will be shown at the outdoor amphitheater, Murray said that people should plan on wearing warm clothes. However, she said she is confident that people will be prepared for the elements.

“Everyone lives in Alaska,” she said. “They know what to expect.”

Aside from warm clothes, people are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Showing an outdoor movie this time of year is ideal, because it’s still dark at night, Murray said.

“Frozen” will not be the only entertainment available. Weather permitting, Murray said the park’s ice-skating trail would be open. She said free skate rental will be available, but because of limited supply, they will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

The inaugural Movie in the Park will hopefully not be the last, Murray said.

“This is the first movie, and we hope to do more in the future,” she said. “We hope people enjoy it.”

Reach Ian Foley at Ian.foley@peninsulaclarion.com

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