‘Everything is Awesome’ During Free Movie Night

'The LEGO Movie' comes to East Campus on May 16 for Duke Appreciation

As part of Duke Appreciation, the university is offering a free screening of "The LEGO Movie" for Duke employees and their families on May 16. Courtesy of LEGO/Warner Bros.

Bring a favorite candy bar, grab a bag of popcorn and stretch out under the stars in the company of Batman, C-3P0 and Abraham Lincoln during Friday's outdoor screening of "The LEGO Movie."

As part of annual Duke Appreciation, employees and their families are invited to bring chairs and blankets to see the "The LEGO Movie" on the East Campus Lawn. The event opens at 8 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Employees must present their DukeCard ID at the event.

Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to four people per family. Movie-goers are encouraged to also bring their favorite snacks to the movie.

"Duke values the importance of family fun time," said Denise Evans, executive director of Duke's Staff and Labor Relations and Staff and Family Programs. "Movie Night provides an opportunity for our staff and faculty to share with their families how Duke appreciates their positive contributions."

"The LEGO Movie" is rated PG and was released in theaters in February. The movie is the first full-length feature for LEGO, and the story follows an average LEGO named Emmet who is identified as the key to saving the world.

In case of inclement weather, the movie screening rain date is May 23.