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story.lead_photo.caption A historic projector is seen at Capitol City Cinema on Saturday, July 22, 2017 before the screening of "Vera's Vault." The cinema will be holding a fundraiser, starting Thursday, to purchase a digital projector. Photo by Shelby Kardell / News Tribune.

A dark atmosphere, spooky time of year and the perfect Halloween movie.

That's the setting for Saturday night at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds where Capitol City Cinema will host a screening of the Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus." The 1993 film stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a coven of evil witches accidentally freed by children new to Salem, Massachusetts, who now must try to stop them from becoming immortal.

It's the fourth year for the In the Park After Dark series but the first one in 2020 because of public health concerns.

The movie will start around 7 p.m. Saturday, but the event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with live music and activities for children. Several food and drink vendors are expected to be in attendance, including Zydeco's Cajun Kitchen Food Truck and the Pizza Kwik Food Truck.

Parking will be available outside of the fairgrounds, and pets are welcome at the screening. People are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs for comfortable seating.

Admission is $5 per person, with children 3 and younger admitted free, and all proceeds benefiting Capitol City Cinema. Masks are encouraged to be worn until seated.

To purchase tickets in advance or to learn more about the event, visit or the event page on Facebook.

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