Frankfort Chamber of Commerce sponsors July movie
Freelance Reporter

Moviegoers caught up with the gang from Rydell High School in the showing of “Grease (Rockin’ Rydell Edition)” for this month’s Movies on the Green event at Breidert Green Park. Co-sponsored by the Village of Frankfort, the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and the Frankfort Park District, Movies on the Green encourages families to come together for a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience free of charge.

“Grease” attendees were encouraged to bring blankets and were offered popcorn provided by the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort. “Grease” was originally scheduled to be screened July 13, but because of inclement weather, the three local organizations rescheduled the film for the following Wednesday, July 20.

Alicia Joebgen, executive director of the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, said the outdoor screenings encourage families to shop and spend more time in downtown Frankfort. She added that Movies on the Green has become a summer staple because of its 15 years of staying power.

 “[Movies on the Green] is a nice community event that’s free, [and] that brings families out to enjoy the weather,” Joebgen said. “It’s always preferable to have it outside, so that’s why we postponed from last week. We decided to give the weather another shot, and it cooperated so beautifully.”

 The Village, chamber and park district take turns choosing the movie for viewers each summer month, with July being the chamber’s turn. Joebgen said the chamber selected “Grease” because of its connection to the chamber’s Frankfort Fall Fest theme of “Happy Days.” Fall Fest is a week-long community festival that includes vendors, carnivals and more. In June, the Village sponsored the screening of “Hotel Transylvania 2,” and the park district will sponsor the August film, “Monsters, Inc.”

The outdoor atmosphere of Movies on the Green events attracted passersby like Mokena resident Nicole Steinke. Steinke, accompanied by two of her friends, saw the gathering of moviegoers in the park and decided to take a closer look. She said she had a fun evening and that she would definitely come back for another film, to visit Fat Rosie’s and to see more of Frankfort.

 “We were at Fat Rosie’s [Taco & Tequila Bar] and saw you guys and decided to camp out,” Steinke said. “After we were done eating, we were like, ‘oh shoot, there’s a movie playing, let’s go watch it’. We thought it was cool ... If I was a part of this town, I would love it.”