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Forecast halts outdoor movie downtown

October 25, 2013
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Forecast halts outdoor movie downtown
The crowd gathers in front of the big inflatable screen at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids to watch “Back to the Future." Photo via fb.com

No need to bring toast or rice downtown tonight.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has cancelled its outdoor showing of the 1975 cult-classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” tonight, due to the chilly and rainy weather that’s expected.

The most popular midnight movie of all time was part of a Halloween double feature DRGI planned as part of its Movies in the Park series, which debuted on Aug. 2 in downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

“Hocus Pocus” was the other film planned for Friday night.

DGRI showed four films this summer and fall during the series: “The Princess Bride,” “Back to the Future,” “Anchorman” and “The Goonies.”

“We look forward to returning in 2014 with an exciting new lineup shaped by citizen input and thank the nearly 10,000 people who participated in and supported our inaugural Movies in the Park series,” said Kristopher Larson, DRGI president and CEO.

Larson added that DGRI has “enjoyed partnering” with several groups to kick off the outdoor movie series this year: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the city of Grand Rapids, LaughFest, Celebration! Cinema and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.

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