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Outdoor Family Movie Series to resume June 29 at Wilson Park

‘Black Panther’ will be last summer movie at park; pool movie planned July 13

 Unknown Image The 2018 Outdoor Family Movie Series will resume June 29 in Arkansas City with another Marvel movie under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St.

The 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther,” sponsored by Union State Bank, will be shown starting at 8 p.m. June 29. The PG-13-rated film is about two hours and 15 minutes long.

The critically acclaimed film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the titular king of Wakanda who rises to the throne of the isolated, technologically advanced African nation.

But his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider (Michael B. Jordan) who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

The movie is being rescheduled from its originally planned date of June 28 due to extreme heat being predicted for that day, as well as other event conflicts that arose after the date originally was set.

At least three more movies are planned this year, including a “three-quel” to prior years’ showings of “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” at Paris Park Pool. This year, “The Little Mermaid” will play July 13.

“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, please call myself or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415 to discuss pricing options. There still are some opportunities available!”

About the Outdoor 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 and 2017.

Various weather impacted attendance often in the spring and summer of 2016, 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.

The sequel event, featuring “Finding Dory,” drew more than 500 visitors to the pool on July 21, 2017.

The 2018 season kicked off May 5 with the first-ever Saturday night movie, “Coco,” which drew more than 150 people back to the rotunda following the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Salsa Fest event.

Nearly 75 attended the June 12 showing of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” the first-ever Tuesday movie, which was shown in conjunction with the Arkansas City Farm and Art Market’s monthly festival.

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,” “The Great Outdoors,” “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,” “Moana” and “Zootopia”
  • Disney live-action remakes — “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella” and “Maleficent”
  • Disney-Pixar animated collaborations — “Coco,” “Finding Dory,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out”
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe films — “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok”
  • Other animated films — “Despicable Me 3,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” “The Lego Movie,” “The Lorax,” “Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing”
  • Star Wars movies — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Summer and holiday blockbusters — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Jaws,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic World,” “Monster Trucks,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Wonder”

The Outdoor Family Movie Series is only possible with the assistance of many generous donors:

  • 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, A Perfect Day (located in Newkirk, Oklahoma), Plumber Bob’s, RCB Bank, Reedy Ford, Rogers Family Dentistry, The Stock Exchange Bank, Union State Bank, United Agency, 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 Arkalalah Executive Committee, 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.

For more information on becoming a sponsor for a movie in 2018, call Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or email alawson@arkansascityks.gov.