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Last Movie on Main Street set for Friday

By David Hotle | Aug 01, 2017



Main Street Washington is inviting the people of Washington to return to the world of Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the final Movie on Main Street that will be shown at about 8:30 p.m. Friday in Central Park.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) is free and open to the public. The feature will be preceded by cartoons and trailers for the August movie. Free popcorn will also be given.

Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said the June showing of the movie “Free Willy” was well-attended. In July Main Street celebrated Christmas in July with a showing of the movie “Elf.”

“Harry Potter” is about a budding wizard who is accepted into a university for magic to begin his education. The movie was the highest grossing film of 2001, bringing in $950 million at the box office. It was followed by seven sequels and, as of 2015, is the 31st highest grossing movie of all time.

The movie is presented by the I-Smile Dental Home Initiative and Washington County Public Health.

Holding movies in the park began two years ago using funds left over from Washington’s 175th anniversary celebration. Grunewaldt said the former manager of HyVee had also asked about holding a movie night in the store’s parking lot.

Grunewaldt said the movies should instead be held in the park.

She also stressed the movies chosen to show in the park are older movies as a way of not conflicting with the movies being shown at the State Theatre.

Last year, Grunewaldt said, saw great turnouts to the movies, with the park being filled during the three showings. She said the weather was perfect and none of the films had been rained out.

“It is a fun event for families,” she said. “We always show great movies that are family-friendly. Beyond that it is free. If you choose to buy a concession item from us, you are supporting the effort and continuing to show movies during the summer.”


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