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‘The Lion King’ comes to Central Park

Jun 29, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Washingtonians who like classic Disney will have no worries on Friday evening, July 6, as Main Street Washington brings Disney’s 32nd animated feature “The Lion King” to Central Park.

Main Street director Sarah Grunewaldt said when a survey was done to determine movies to be shown this year, “The Lion King” was one of the top movies selected by Washingtonians.

“We are really excited about it,” Grunewaldt said. “Disney does not let some of their movies be shown publicly. Right now the Lion King is one out of the vault and can be shown publicly. They will have it out for a year and put it back in the vault and it will be 10 years before they bring it out again.”

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s jealous uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible for Mufasa’s death and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with a meerkat and warthog duo, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

The movie will begin at about 8:30 p.m.

Holding movies in the park began three years ago using funds left over from Washington’s 175th anniversary celebration. Grunewaldt said the former manager of Hy-Vee had also asked about holding a movie night in the store’s parking lot. Grunewaldt said the movies should be held in Central Park instead.

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.”

This year Main Street Washington is holding many special events to celebrate its 10th anniversary, including Movies in the Park.

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