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Free movie night returns to Essex

Friends, Tanner and Nathan (both 2) check out the Essex fire engines prior to Movie Night.

by Adam Gault

After a threat of inclement weather on Saturday evening, the first outdoor summer movie night of 2019, originally scheduled to be hosted from the Heritage Gardens Park, was moved to take place indoors at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

  Hosted in a partnership with the Essex Firemen’s Association, the event featured tours and displays of Essex Fire & Rescue’s equipment and trucks for the children in attendance, as well as important fire safety and prevention information and tips, prior to the indoor showing of the movie.

  “We just like to make sure the kids know who we are, and that they’re not going to be afraid of firemen,” 29-year Essex Fire & Rescue veteran, Tom Bonneau, explained as he manned the event’s BBQ. “We like being out in the community just to let people know that we are around, and are there to help them when we need to.”

  Threat of thunderstorms aside, the sweltering heat was a good a reason as any to move the showing of the movie indoors at the Essex Arena. Area families gathered there to watch the critically acclaimed movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which is a film noted for its exceptional animation style, as much as its captivating storyline.

  This will not be the only free movie night held in the Town of Essex this summer. An outdoor movie night is planned to take place at Colchester Park on Saturday, August 17.

  Hopefully the weather will be more inclined to cooperate on that evening for local families and friends to enjoy free popcorn and a showing of “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World,” beginning on the late summer evening at 8 pm.

  For more information and details on all upcoming Town of Essex events, visit,


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