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A long-standing York City tradition will get underway Wednesday night at Kiwanis Lake as the city's recreation and parks bureau kicks off its annual children's film series.

Each of the movies that will be shown weekly through the end of July are family-oriented and have a G or PG rating, said Tom Landis, parks and recreation director.

New this year, Grace Brethren Church of York, 661 N. Newberry St., just across the street from the park, will hold arts and crafts activities for children starting at 7 p.m. before movie showings.

Each activity will correspond with the movie that is showing that night, Landis said.

"We're just trying to make it an evening of entertainment," he said.

The series started in the 1980s and has become a summery staple for children and families from across the county.

"It has definitely been a summertime tradition the city has had for over four decades," Landis said.

The series is free to attend.

The films: The films will start at dusk, typically between 8:30 and 8:40 p.m., each Wednesday. The rain dates will be Thursdays.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Here's a look at which movie will be shown each date:

•Wednesday: "The Boxtrolls"

•June 24: "E.T."

•July 1: "Earth to Echo"

•July 8: "The Goonies"

•July 15: "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (the original)

•July 22: "Big Hero 6"

•July 29: "Planes: Fire & Rescue"

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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