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Inviting Families to 'Dive in' for a Movie

Feb. 25 event features movie night at Highland Pool.

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 2-9-2014

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State University, Mankato’s IMPACT team has been hosting movie nights for years. Stompers Cinema screenings in Ostrander Auditorium bring in 250 people on a slow night and 1,000 on a busy one, said Bill Tourville, assistant director for Student Activities.

But IMPACT is about to try a new kind movie night, inspired in part by other colleges that have done the same: a Dive-In Movie (not to be confused with a drive-in movie).

Minnesota State Mankato students, community members, families, kids — all are welcome to bring their floaties and rafts to the Highland pool and “dive in” Feb. 25 for a unique film screening. IMPACT has carefully selected the most appropriate film fare for the occasion — “Finding Nemo” — to be projected on a portable 12-foot by 16-foot screen.

“It’s going to be a great night. We hope everybody comes out for it,” Tourville said.

Tourville said the event is family friendly and lifeguards will be on duty. But adult chaperones must accompany minors.

Stompers Cinema showings in Ostrander are $1 for community members, but the special Dive-In event is free to all, Tourville said.

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