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First Ever Free Outdoor Movie Comes to Downtown Anchorage

Movie In The Park pilot night featuring Lion King will happen on First Friday


Drawing by Raymond Santi


A new event is being tested in downtown Anchorage Friday, September 7th in Town Square Park. Anchorage Downtown Partnership with Showboss AV & Event Management is hosting Movie in the Park Featuring the Lion King. This will be the first free outdoor movie showing in downtown Anchorage. The pilot Movie In the Park night, if successful, will allow Anchorage Downtown Partnership to gain partners and sponsors on board to create the official programming of Movie In the Park for 2019.

Movie In the Park will then become a regular programmed event in downtown as part of the Downtown Placemaking program that Anchorage Downtown Partnership runs to bring vitality, cleanliness and safety to the downtown parks and public spaces.

“A free outdoor movie is something we’ve been trying to accomplish for years to have in downtown Anchorage. Showboss AV & Event Management, who we partner with to host a multitude of free, outdoor community events, came to us wanting to support the initiative. It is something many other cities provide for their community, and we are extremely excited to begin hosting this for our community.” Says Penny Smythe, Marketing Director with Anchorage Downtown Partnership. “The event is BYOB (bring your own blanket) and will have an area called the ‘Toddler Root Beer Garden’ where we will have Glacier Brewhouse Root Beer and provide a gated area to keep families with small children together.”

Showboss will provide a giant weather resistant, LED screen, which is as bright during the day as it is at night. No projection will be needed for the movie. 

Downtown Anchorage will be bustling with activity since it will be the first Friday in September with a forecast for sunny weather. Because of the increase in foot traffic, food vendors will be parked ready to serve food and refreshments from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the back plaza of Town Square Park.

Games, a badminton set, corn hole toss, sidewalk chalk and other activities will be provided in the park as well from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Lion King will start at 7 p.m.

Other elements of the evening will feature free coffee and hot Cocoa from Kaladi Brothers, food vendors, wine and beer in the Kobuk Back Plaza, toddler root beer garden, candy and kettle corn vendors, and more. Camp chairs are also allowed.

For additional information on Movie In the Park, please visit www.anchoragedowntown.org call Anchorage Downtown partnership at (907) 279-5650.


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