An effort still in its infancy will highlight a 1991 movie about a classic storybook character who has grown up — only to have to return to parts of his past to save his children.

The Columbus Young Professionals will on Saturday present the free fantasy adventure film “Hook,” in conjunction with the Columbus Area Arts Council and Exhibit Columbus through a Welcoming Communities grant from Heritage Fund — the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

It’s the second of three 1990s films that are part of the inaugural outdoor Moonlight Movies at various downtown locations where the upcoming Exhibit Columbus architectural exhibition will unfold. Saturday’s presentation will be at the Bartholomew County Public Library plaza, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

Sixty people attended the showing of the 1996 science fiction release “Independence Day” on a rescheduled date of July 29 at a rescheduled Fourth Street location because the original date at City Hall was rained out.

Columbus Young Professionals President Kyle Hendricks labeled the gathering a success.

“We weren’t really sure what to expect with the initial screening and with the date change,” Hendricks said. “We hope it will continue to grow.”

Katelyn Ice, Columbus Young Professionals’ events and marketing chair, said the wide-open library plaza should make the next event a bit more noticeable than the Fourth Street location.

“In a more prominent location, people probably will see the (24-foot-tall) screen more easily,” she said.

She also mentioned that organizers are working harder to make the public aware that the movies are open to all. Because the Columbus Young Professionals has coordinated the series, she said some social media users seemed to assume that the series was aimed mostly at young adults — and not anyone older.

Plus, she and Hendricks emphasized that this next film especially is a good one for families with children.

“Everyone has told us they see this as a cool idea,” Hendricks said.

And he said they seemed to like the convenience of purchasing snacks such as popcorn, candy and popsicles.

Some attendees simply forgot one other convenience: bringing a chair or blanket to sit on. To help the situation this weekend, the young professionals will provide some chairs — but also will work to remind attendees to bring their own seating.

Ice mentioned that some ideas for a continuing film series next year are being considered.

“This is still new,” Ice said. “You’ve got to plant a seed and hope and believe that it will grow. I think as people see us out and about, the series will grow.”

If you go

What: The outdoor Moonlight Movie series continuing with the presentation of the 1991 fantasy adventure “Hook.”

When: About 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

Admission: Free and open to all.

Information: the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce at 812-379-4457 or email Liz Worthington at

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.