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Stillwater bringing boat-in movies to park on St. Croix River

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Who says you need a car to enjoy a drive-in movie?

On the St. Croix River this summer boaters will be able to pull up to Stillwater's new amphitheater and watch the same movie the landlubbers in Lowell Park are enjoying.

The Pioneer Press reports the movie screen accommodates viewers on either side, allowing for simultaneous entertainment from both park and river.

The films will be an addition to the music and food that marks the city's Summer Tuesdays series. Cory Buettner, one of the organizers, tells the Stillwater Current “We’re really excited to begin engaging the marinas and get boaters down there to watch movies at night. It’s going to be a really unique experience.”

Stillwater's is not the only Minnesota version of boat-in movies, though.

The boat dealership MarineMax first organized a movie screening on Big Island in Lake Minnetonka in 2008 and that has become an annual event. A Star Tribune story on the 2009 edition noted the screening helped stake out a family-friendly foothold in an area better known for the young-adult partiers it attracts.

Lake Minnetonka's movies are strictly for boaters with volunteers setting up a 40 x 60-foot inflatable screen atop a floating barge, Lake Minnetonka Patch reported last summer.

A video made on the night of the first float-in movie on Minnetonka offers a feel for the event.

Stillwater's series of Summer Tuesdays will be held on seven evenings in July and August.

MarineMax has set its boat-in movie for July 18 this year. You can register now, although the movie has not been announced yet.

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