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Movie nights return to the Plattsburgh Public Library

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What: Free Movie Night presents “Oz the Great and Powerful”

Where: Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St, Plattsburgh

When: Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

— On Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m., the Plattsburgh Public Library will host a free showing of the movie “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Movie nights have come and gone at the library as a refelction of attendance rates at the events.

Adult Services Librarian Caleb Moshier would like to see movie nights become a staple in the community, and said he is hoping they receive enough interest to justify a monthly showing.

“We’re kind of doing this one aiming at families. Depending how that works out, we might see if people want to do them on Thursday nights,” Moshier said.

Past movie nights have shown big-name films, like “The Hobbit,” “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games,” titles made available to the library by a special license.

The public performance license is specifically for public libraries and is priced based on how many people are in the library’s community.

Since the company that offers the license, Movie License USA, a division of Swank Entertainment Inc., represents several studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Sony and Lion’s Gate, any library with that license can show films released by those studios.

“The Friends of the Library actually footed the bill, so it’s of no cost to the taxpayers in town,” Moshier said. “It’s a low cost to be able to legally show movies like this to the general public and it’s a nice service that only libraries can provide.”

Moshier said he hopes future installments of movie night will include hits like “Argo” and “Lincoln.”

“The biggest thing is, we’re trying to show movies that people might not want to spend $5 or $7 to rent,” Moshier said. “We’re showing newer movies that just came out on DVD that people might have missed when they were in theaters. Libraries should be a place that provides free services to the community, and I think that showing movies is a good one.”

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