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Contact(s):For Movies in the Park
Blake Rutherford

For The Downtown Little Rock Partnership
Heather Allmendinger

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Movies in the Park announces 2008 schedule

E.T.:The Extra Terrestrial, The Wizard of Oz highlight growing film series' 2008 summer line-up

LITTLE ROCK – Movies in the Park, the popular outdoor movie night at the Riverfest Amphitheater today announced its 2008 summer schedule with a diverse list of titles, including blockbusters like E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, along with oldie hits Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz.

Movies in the Park begins its fourth season with a special thanks to sponsors Arkansas Children's Hospital, Comcast, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the River Market and Stone Ward. The movies will play weekly on Wednesday nights beginning June 4 and running through July 23.

“We are excited about the fourth year of Movies in the Park,” said Blake Rutherford, head of the Movies in the Park volunteer steering committee. “We owe a special thanks to all of our sponsors and all of the people who continue to come and enjoy outdoor movies. In 2007, we saw more people than ever come downtown to enjoy a free movie at Riverfront Park.”

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring families, picnics and pets to the park to enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars. The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings and movies will start at sundown each week. The movies are free and open to the public.

“Movies in the Park provide families the opportunity to explore downtown and enjoy a movie together,” said Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Partnership. “We believe this is another strong cultural attraction that complements the continued growth and vitality of downtown Little Rock.”

The 2008 schedule includes:

June 4 E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
June 11 Rocky
June 18 Happy Feet
June 25 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
July 2 Notting Hill
July 9 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 16 Casino Royale
July 23 The Wizard of Oz

*Along with the regular schedule, Movies in the Park will again host the closing night festivities of the Little Rock Film Festival on Sunday, May 18.

All information on Movies in the Park including schedule, park rules and signup for email updates is available at


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