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Movies Under the Stars event set for Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - If Gwinnettians are feeling the pinch from high gas and food prices, they may find a day in the park as more economical entertainment than a trip to the movies.

But Saturday, they can enjoy both - and for free.

The county is once again hosting a Movies Under the Stars event, sponsored by Star 94.

Families can spend time playing in the park, even enjoying such activities as a climbing wall, a pirate ship with a giant slide, face painting and balloon animals. Then, when the sun goes down, the screen will light up, showing "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman.

This is the fifth year of the movie festivities, which have also been held at Bethesda Park in the past, and Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation spokeswoman Tammy Gibson said about 5,000 people typically come to the Tribble Mill movies.

"You have families coming together, friends coming together," lying blankets side by side and setting up picnics, Gibson said. "It's a popular place for people to come and gather together and enjoy a movie."

This year, she added, "cost savings is a big thing for everyone, so it's free and open to the public."

The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie expected to start around 8:30 p.m. Food concessions will be available for sale.