Photo by Jason A. Smith
The McDonough Square was adorned with a large movie screen and hundreds of onlookers, Saturday, during Cinema on the Green, sponsored by the Main Street McDonough Program.
McDONOUGH — Isaac Hernandez brought his four kids to the city’s Square over the weekend for an evening of laughs. A contractor for FedEx, the McDonough man said he appreciates the opportunity to watch a movie with his loved ones.
“It’s close to home, and it’s a family-bonding time,” said Hernandez. “It’s good to get outdoors, out of the house. It’s good to get into the community.”
Hernandez was among hundreds of local residents who packed downtown McDonough Square Saturday, to watch the movie “The Three Stooges.” The Main Street McDonough Program hosted the free movie presentation, starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos.
The Cinema on the Green presentation is in its fifth year, said Main Street Director Linda Schenk. She said it typically draws an audience of about 350 people to the downtown area.
“It’s close to home, it’s easily accessible, and convenient,” said Schenk. “They don’t have to go somewhere else for entertainment.”
The director said Cinema on the Green not only provides a way for attendees to unwind, but also fosters a sense of community by showcasing businesses and other offerings around the Square.
“Community is the Square,” said Schenk. “The charm of McDonough is right here.”
Glenda Garris, of McDonough, agreed. Garris, executive director for the Community Gardens of Henry County, brought her 7-year-old granddaughter, Sarah Cate White, to watch the movie.
“I think it builds community,” said Garris. “It’s a fun, free thing families can enjoy, let their hair down, listen to the music and enjoy the crowd.”
Devon Baddal, of McDonough, works for MARTA, and came to Cinema on the Green for the first time Saturday with his family. As he sat in the shade on the Square, Baddal said he was glad to have a chance to relax under the big screen.
“I enjoy this park,” said Baddal. “I come over here from time to time. I’m originally from New York, so this is nice, quiet and relaxing. When you visit New York, you kind of say, ‘Now I know why I left.”