The Magnolia Market at the Silos adds movies to its repertory this summer as host to a Summer Movie Series at the Silos aimed at providing free family entertainment and drawing people to downtown Waco.

The series, a collaboration between First Friday, CampusTown Waco, the Waco Hippodrome and Magnolia Market, will offer a free family movie on the first Thursday through August, beginning with “Toy Story” on Thursday, May 4.

The movies will be shown on an outdoor screen in front of the Magnolia Market’s stage area, beginning at dusk. The market will be open to shoppers until 8:30 p.m. on those nights and most food trucks that set up regularly at the market will be open as well.

Carina Yebra, First Fridays director and operations manager, said the idea for a spring or summer downtown film series had been discussed since late last fall, starting with CampusTown Waco coordinator Evan Hebert. CampusTown Waco is a Prosper Waco initiative to encourage area college students to stay in Waco after graduation.

Initially, planners considered adding the series to the downtown activities happening on First Friday, but opted to move them to the Thursday before. “We didn’t want to crunch too many things into Friday . . . First Fridays are usually pretty busy,” Yebra said.

The Magnolia Market’s open space can hold several thousand people, as it did for evening concerts held at its Silobration and Christmas at the Silos last fall. Those wanting to bring their dogs on a leash can do so, but no smoking, alcohol or lawn chairs will be permitted. Moviegoers can bring blankets for seating and snacks if they desire, Yebra said.

Movies scheduled for the summer are “The Parent Trap” (the 1961 original), June 1; “Elf,” July 6; “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Aug. 3; and “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 31.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor