Family film classics come to Milford’s Downtown

MILFORD — Downtown will be coming alive with the sounds of movies.

The Downtown Milford Business Association is once again hosting its family summer movie night series with a film every Wednesday through the end of the month. The films start at 8 p.m. at the Fowler Field pavilion.

“The DMBA has done these movie nights for seven years,” said Tracy Bonosconi, president of DMBA.

The series began with “Hook” on July 6 and continues with “The Sandlot” on July 13, followed by “The Little Rascals” on July 20 and finishing “The Parent Trap” on July 27.

“We were able to do the movie night series with restrictions during 2020, and last year we were able to do it again with fewer restrictions,” Bonosconi said.

Bonosconi said this year's sponsor is BMW of Bridgeport.

She said the group is expecting a good crowd during all the showings.

“Like we’ve seen in with some of our events this year, there is a lot of pent-up energy with people wanting to get out and do things, they haven’t been able to do the last two years,” she said. “We generally have 100 people at this event, but it could be double that this year.”

When choosing movies, Bonosconi said the association tries to switch it up every year, picking movies good for children and adults.

“The movie starts late because it’s the summer, and it really doesn't get dark until 8 p.m., so it’s hard to have movies for little, little ones,” she said. “It’s really more for like 7-years-old and older. But these movies are all classics that everyone enjoys.”

“As long as the weather holds up, it’s going to be good,” she said. “And so far, the weather looks good.”

Historically, Bonosconi said attendees show up a little earlier to save their spot and then walk to the downtown restaurants to have dinner with friends and family.

“Downtown Milford Business Association’s main mission is to bring business to the downtown for all of our members, and a lot of the restaurants downtown are our members,” she said. “So it’s just one more thing we are bringing a couple of hundred people downtown for movie nights.”

However, the DMBA partners with Scratch Baking and creates a movie night snack box.

“People can go online and order the snack box,” said Bonosconi. “It’s a box of sweet treats for the movie night.”