The Cherrybrook “Movie under the stars” was first held in 2012 as part of a celebration to open the refurbished John Purchase Oval.
Hornsby Shire Council, through local councillor Bruce Mills, approached the Cherrybrook Scouts and John Purchase Public School to run this event as a community celebration of the new facilities.
Both the scouts and the school jumped at the chance to be involved in such a celebration and provide a night of fun and entertainment in the local Cherrybrook community.
A night of festivities was planned starting with the official opening by Mayor Nick Berman, with special guests from Hornsby Shire Council and John Purchase Public School Principal Jo Marshall.
A good crowd of just under 1000 people stayed on after the opening and watched the first Movie Under the Stars event with the screening of ‘Rio’.
The night was a huge success, so much so that all three parties conducted an even bigger night for 2013 with the screening of Madagascar 3 – Europes Most Wanted’.
The event grew even larger in 2015 with the screening of ‘The Lego Movie’ and Fireworks finale with a crowd of over 2200 people enjoying the night.
In 2016 the 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group continued to deliver this great community event with ‘Minions’ and a Fireworks finale and a crowd of 2,500.
In 2017, 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group will again deliver a family-friendly event with ‘Zootopia’ – a colourful computer-animated film which won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature 2016, the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film 2016, and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, with great messages about courage, empathy, tolerance, and teamwork.
This year, there’s a larger screen (the biggest we can get!), a longer fireworks finale, and more attractions.