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Outdoor Family Movie Series to resume June 24 at Wilson Park

‘Wonder’ will be first-ever Sunday showing; ‘Black Panther’ planned June 28

The 2018 Outdoor Family Movie Series will resume June 24 in Arkansas City with a family-friendly movie under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St.

 Unknown Image The 2017 drama “Wonder,” sponsored by the Arkansas City Public Library, will be shown starting around 8 p.m. The PG-rated film is nearly two hours long.

Based on The New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grades, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The film stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

At least four more movies are planned this year, including a recent Marvel Cinematic Universe hit and a “three-quel” to prior years’ showings of “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” at Paris Park Pool.

This will be the first of two films to be shown next week. The movie series will return about 8:30 p.m. June 28 with “Black Panther,” which will follow the Ark City Community Band concert at 7:30 p.m.

“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.