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Free movie nights planned to end the summer | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG—After two years of not hosting free movie nights in Berkeley County due to COVID-19, events have returned, sharing Disney movies once a month with the community.

The events are held through a partnership between Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation and travel agency MousePros. Each film screening takes place on the grounds of Poor House Farm Park in Martinsburg.

In June, “Guardians of the Galaxy” aired. Upcoming events include “Encanto,” which will premiere July 22 at 8:45 p.m. at Poor House Farm Park near the Rotary Pavillion. Another film is screened on August 12 at the same time and place; however, those attending the July screening will be able to participate in a vote for the next Disney movie to be screened in August.

“Those who come to ‘Encanto’ will have the opportunity to help choose the next one. We wanted to give the community a chance to vote, and we’ll be giving them four films to vote for,” said Jared Pitzer, owner of MousePros Travel. Agency in Martinsburg.

Since 2018, MousePros has participated in this event in partnership with MBCPR, where Pitzer provides all the equipment and rights to show the films and MBCPR provides the space to do so.

“We use the films to promote our business and promote Disney destinations,” Pitzer said. “We wanted to bring a bit of Disney to the Eastern Panhandle, and this was the best way we thought we could do it.”

MousePros Travel Agency has been in business for eight years and is recognized by Disney as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

Pitzer added that since the start of the event and even after COVID-19, the turnout has been shocking and exciting for him.

“The community embraces these events. They really look like they’re having fun. We try to play music, and sometimes we do trivia and funny things to make it more than the movie itself,” Pitzer said. “Looking at Facebook and seeing how many people were reacting to this event, I think we had about 2,300 people interested last week when I looked at it.”

Looking ahead, even if the free movie events end after August, he expressed hope to also do a fall/Halloween Disney movie event.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to show these films – Poor House is just stunning,” he added.

“We think this is a great free family and community offering at Poor House Farm Park,” said Traci Misiewicz, office manager at MBCPR.

For more information, visit the MBCPR website or Facebook page.