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History of Movie under the Stars

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 approached 1st Cherrybrook Scouts and John Purchase Public School to run an event to provide a night of fun and entertainment in the local community to celebrate the opening of the facilities, which began with the official opening by Mayor Nick Berman, with special guests from Hornsby Shire Council and John Purchase Public School Principal Jo Marsha

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’.

In 2014, 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group was solely responsible for bringing the movie magic to the big screen. Scary but funny, a crowd of ~2,000 went back to school with a screening of Monsters University.

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 we were all set to screen Zootopia when, unfortunately, the weather caused us to cancel.

In 2018, Back with a bang, 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group treated the community to a family-friendly event with ‘Finding Dory’ – a colourful computer-animated film which won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie. The movie was followed by an even bigger and better fireworks finale than before

2019 – wow – WOW! The biggest and best event yet. As promised, there were more pre-movie activities for the little kids and who can forget the pre-show entertainment, with one act putting on a display that will remembered for years. There was greater food choice with the traditional BBQ enhanced by the wonderful coffee, vegetarian option and salads provided by the Burrow and Chinese food cooked up by local community members. The stars aligned and we had glorious weather and a awesome movie – Incredibles 2 – and the community came out in record numbers.

2020 –  attendance was impacted by SARS-CoV-2, but still there was an attendance near 2000 who came to watch Toy Story 4

What will 2021 bring?