Many families from the Provo community joined together on July 13 to enjoy games, food and an outdoor movie on BYU campus. The event was part of the BYU Student Service Association’s annual movie nights, which are held throughout the summer.
The Hollomans were one of many families in attendance. Nine family members were there, and four generations were represented — all of them BYU fans. Many family members are BYU alumni.
“This is my first BYU activity since I graduated quite a few years ago,” Charles Holloman said. “We live nearby. We all live in Provo now.”
Only one member of the Holloman family had previously seen the featured film, “Coco.”
“I love it. Especially the overarching theme of family throughout the movie and how it ties us together,” Sherri Holloman said.
“Coco” was released on November 22, 2017, and has received praise for its message of family unity.
“We love the end of ‘Coco’ when Miguel is with his great-grandma and he tells her that her dad really did love her,” said Orem resident Alexandra Arnold, who was there with her three young children. Arnold’s husband is currently a BYU law student.
A large screen was set up on the grass, while those in attendance scattered their blankets and chairs around. The movie began playing shortly after sunset.
A themed photo booth, Mexican sugar skulls and chips with salsa were available before the movie began. Deseret First Credit Union, a sponsor of the BYUSA outdoor movie nights, also had a booth at the event. Attendees could visit the booth to play Cornhole, eat popsicles and learn more about DFCU’s services. Attendees also brought their own Spikeball sets and frisbees to play with.
“It just sounded like a fun, free thing to do on a Friday night,” said Nicolle Wardle, a BYU junior studying pre-animation.
BYUSA has hosted summer movie nights for over five years. Most of the movie nights draw a crowd of about 500 to 1,000 BYU students and community members, according to a BYUSA member.
BYUSA is in charge of hosting many other popular events on campus, including the Sweetheart Swing, Homecoming Dance, Honor Week, True Blue Tuesdays and Clubs Night.
The organization is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the community.
“BYUSA does so many fun events around campus. I love learning how to plan big events,” BYUSA Event Specialist Brenna Cluff said.
There are currently more than 50 students and staff involved in BYUSA leadership. The organization also includes hundreds of student volunteers, according to its website.
“I love the atmosphere of BYUSA. Our goal is to serve the campus. There’s a lot of great people here,” Cluff said.
BYUSA’s next scheduled movie night is set for Friday, July 27 and will feature “A Wrinkle In Time.” The event will begin at 8 p.m., and the movie will start at sunset.
For more information about BYUSA activities and opportunities, visit byusa.byu.edu or the BYUSA Facebook page.