Movie nights for city’s youth

GETTING OUT THE POPCORN: Rush player, Joy Burke and Leading Senior Constable, Des Hudson are excited to host a movie night for Ballarat's Youth at Regent Cinemas.

GETTING OUT THE POPCORN: Rush player, Joy Burke and Leading Senior Constable, Des Hudson are excited to host a movie night for Ballarat's Youth at Regent Cinemas.

Ballarat Blue Light are giving local youth a fun night out at Regent Cinemas. And they will even throw the popcorn in for free.

The movie night is part of a Blue Light initiative to offer local youth a choice of low-cost and child friendly activities as it branches out from long tradition of running youth discos.

The first movie to be shown will be Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Long Haul to screen at Regent Cinemas on Friday, June 30 at 7pm.

They will also offer bowling nights, starting in September to help youth engage with each other in a safe and supervised way. The new initiative will coincide with monthly Blue Light discos.

Ballarat Blue Light president, Leading Senior Constable Des Hudson said the introduction of the new activities was a chance to demonstrate to youths Blue Light do more than just dance events.

“This is a new opportunity for us to engage with a broader audience than those who have been coming to our regular dance events,” he said.

Leading Senior Constable Hudson said while the monthly discos are continuing to prove popular, the new activities give youths more diversity.

“All of these events are conducted in an environment that is safe, fun and fully supervised by local police and our volunteers. The events encourage pro-social role modelling of appropriate behaviours and allows young people to socialise with their friends,” Cr Hudson said.

Blue Light has partnered with Regent Cinemas and the Ballarat Miners to present the first movie event this month.

Tickets are $10 and include a free small popcorn. Pre-purchase tickets by calling Leading Senior Constable Des Hudson on 0409 865 093 or just turn up on the night.  Every child who attends will also receive a Free Family Pass to watch the Ballarat Miners in the coming weeks. Ballarat Blue Light has been running since 1995 and has been based on the principles of providing fun and entertainment for kids and encouraging positive police engagement.