Verona, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites families to come to Essex County Kip’s Castle Park for the Free Friday Flicks in June. Gates open at 7 p.m. and movies will be shown at dusk on the lawn at Essex County Kip’s Castle, 22 Crestmont Avenue, Verona. The public is encouraged to bring chairs or blankets on which to sit. Admission is free; refreshments will be for sale.

“We invite you to join us for an exciting night at the movies on our Kip’s Castle Park lawn. Families can enjoy the outdoor movie presentation and experience this magnificent location in a new way,” DiVincenzo said. “We look forward to seeing you at what will be an entertaining evening for children, families and individuals of all ages,” he added.

The schedule is as follows:

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Friday, June 9th: “A Dog’s Purpose” (Rain date is Saturday, June 10th)

Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey) directed this adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, which follows a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.

Friday, June 16th: “Sing!” (Rain date is Saturday, June 17th)

When a koala impresario is in danger of losing his grand theater after one flop too many, he hatches a plan to stage a gala singing competition to save the day. But when a typo inflates the grand prize to $100,000, the contest attracts the attention of a number of singing animals, including a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant, and a punk porcupine. Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson, and Nick Offerman also lend their voices to this animated musical comedy.

For more information, please call 973-433-7469.