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Free Friday Family Films to continue on Oct. 22 at City Hall

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ sponsored by Arkalalah, ties in to festival theme

City of Arkansas City logoARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 21, 2019) The 2019 Outdoor Family Movie Series will resume Oct. 22 in downtown Arkansas City with a free movie in front of City Hall, located at 118 W. Central Ave.

Oz the Great and PowerfulThe 2013 Disney film “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz,” will be shown starting around 7:15 p.m. Oct. 22 (after dusk). This PG-rated film is sponsored by the Arkalalah Executive Committee. It is two hours and 10 minutes long.

In the film, a frustrated circus magician from Kansas (played by James Franco) is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

The movie is a perfect tie-win with this year’s Arkalalah theme, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

Central Avenue will be blocked off at both First Street and Summit Street as Arkalalah vendors start to move in at 5 p.m., so moviegoers should plan to park north or west of City Hall and walk to Central.

In case of inclement weather, this movie will be postponed until sometime next week. One additional movie also is planned to be shown later this year to fulfill contractual obligations.

“We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors such as Arkalalah who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez.

“If you are interested in being a sponsor in 2020, please call me or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415 to discuss pricing.”

About the Outdoor Family Movie Series

The 2015 Outdoor Family 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 generous grant received three years ago from the V.J. Wilkins 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 Salsa Fest event on Cinco de Mayo.

Nearly 75 attended the June 12, 2018, showing of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” the first-ever Tuesday movie, shown in conjunction with the Arkansas City Farm and Art Market’s monthly festival.

The 2019 season’s start was delayed one week by weather, but a decent crowd still showed up May 10 to enjoy a repeat airing of “Coco,” originally planned as a kickoff for the first-ever Tacolalah festival.

An estimated 200 people showed up June 14 to enjoy “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in Newkirk, Oklahoma. It was the third straight outreach movie shown in the community 10 miles south of Ark City.

This was followed by a fourth outreach movie on Oct. 12, when “Hocus Pocus” was shown at the Kay County Courthouse in conjunction with a fundraising event for the Kay County Amphitheatre project.

During the last five 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,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Pete’s Dragon”
  • Disney animated features — “Big Hero 6,” “Frozen,” “Moana,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Zootopia”
  • Disney live-action remakes — “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella” and “Maleficent”
  • Disney-Pixar animated collaborations — “Coco” (twice), “Finding Dory,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2” and “Inside Out”
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe films — “Black Panther,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok”
  • Other animated films — “Despicable Me 3” (twice), “The Lego Batman Movie,” “The Lego Movie,” “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” “The Lorax,” “Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sing” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • Star Wars movies — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Summer and holiday blockbusters — “Aquaman,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “The Greatest Showman,” “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 Public Library, the City of Arkansas City and Visit Ark 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 2020, call Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or email alawson@arkansascityks.gov.