Outdoor Movie Series resumes June 9, takes first road trip
‘Sing’ to be shown at 7 p.m. in Wilson Park; Newkirk encore at dusk June 15
The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will resume June 9 in Arkansas City with a family-friendly musical film at the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St.
“Sing” will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. The PG-rated film is sponsored by RCB Bank.
The film features a city of humanoid animals in which a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes even grander than he anticipates.
On June 15, the Outdoor Movie Series will hit the road for the first time ever with a special showing in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The film will begin at dusk (about 8:50 p.m.) on the Kay County Courthouse lawn.
This special outreach event by the City of Arkansas City is sponsored by Newkirk Main Street.
Three more movies in Ark City are planned every other Friday night through July 21, culminating in a sequel event to last year’s popular showing of “Finding Nemo” and free admission at Paris Park Pool.
All Ark City movie nights will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This year’s staggered “every other week” schedule allows for movies to be postponed until the following Friday in case of inclement weather.
A minimum of four movies are planned for this fall, including one in conjunction with the National Night Out kickoff party for the second straight year, for a total of 16 movies to be shown for free in 2017.
“We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez.
“If you are interested in being a sponsor this fall or a nonprofit who would like to serve concessions, please call myself or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415 to discuss your options.”
About the Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series
The 2015 Outdoor Summer Movie Series was a huge success in the debut season for the new V.J. Wilkins Memorial Stage at the rotunda, with particularly large crowds viewing “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.”
The projection equipment, sound system and stage all were made possible by a grant received three years ago from the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation, in order to promote arts throughout the city.
A special fall showing of “Inside Out” drew more than 300 people to the rotunda in November 2015, despite colder temperatures. Plans were launched then for more autumn showings in 2016.
Various weather conditions impacted attendance often last spring and summer, but the season’s highlight undoubtedly was in June 2016, when more than 700 people packed Paris Park Pool for a special doubleheader, consisting of “Finding Nemo” and “Jaws,” during a free swim-in night at the pool.
During the last three years, the City of Arkansas City has shown a wide variety of movies, including:
- ’80s classics — “Back to the Future,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Ghostbusters,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “¡Three Amigos!”
- Classic Disney films — “The Fox and the Hound,” “The Jungle Book,” “Mary Poppins” and “Pete’s Dragon”
- Disney animated features — “Big Hero 6,” “Frozen,” “Zootopia” and “Moana”
- Disney live-action remakes — “Cinderella” and “Maleficent”
- Disney-Pixar animated collaborations — “Finding Nemo,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out”
- Marvel Cinematic Universe films — “Doctor Strange”
- Other animated films — “The Lego Movie,” “The Lorax,” “Minions” and “The Secret Life of Pets”
- Star Wars movies — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
- Summer blockbusters — “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic World,” “Monster Trucks” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
The Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series only has been possible with the assistance of many generous donors, including:
- Civic and service clubs such as the Arkansas City High School KAY Club, the Kiwanis Club, and the Optimists and Soroptimists of Arkansas City;
- Local businesses such as Ark City Daily Bytes, Ark Valley Credit Union, Community National Bank & Trust, Elite Advertising, Grass Clippings, Mitch Reichle—Farm Bureau Financial Services, Munson Insurance, Plumber Bob’s, RCB Bank, Reedy Ford, Rogers Family Dentistry, The Stock Exchange Bank, Union State Bank, and WB Meats;
- Governmental entities such as the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arkansas City Public Library, and City of Arkansas City;
- Nonprofit organizations such as the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police, Newkirk (Oklahoma) Main Street, Newman’s Quest and the Young Professionals of Cowley County.