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’80s favourites come to Memorial Park

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July 31 -- The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ set up a big screen for movies at last year's ManyFest.
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July 31 -- The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ set up a big screen for movies at last year's ManyFest. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) METRO Photo Store

Instead of going to a theatre, you can catch a flick outdoors.

Movies on Memorial is back for its second year. A giant movie screen will be set up in Memorial Park on Memorial Boulevard between Broadway and York.

Every Tuesday in August, from Aug. 6  to 27, Winnipeggers can stop by the park for activities and movies. Pre-movie activities are expected to begin at 7:00 p.m.

"This year, the theme is ‘80s favourites," Jason Syvixay, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (DWB) public relations officer, said.

Ghostbusters will be showing on Aug. 6, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Aug. 13, a double feature of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and The Great Outdoors will be shown on Aug. 20, and another double feature of Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club will run on Aug. 27.

Just like last year, movies are scheduled to start when it gets dark.

Syvixay said the event is meant for people to enjoy the downtown area in the summer. Last year, anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people showed up to the screenings, with the numbers steadily growing each week.

"This theme seems kind of nostalgic, so I think we’re able to bring out more than 1,000 people," Syvixay hoped.

To attract that many people, Syvixay realizes the theme of movies has to appeal to people from different walks of life.

"It’s all about playing around with the themes," Syvixay said. "Last year, we realized the bundling of movies with one specific theme engaged and captured the imaginations of Winnipeggers.

"It’s like retro revival. Young people know of these movies because what was old is suddenly new, and older folks will like them because that’s what they grew up with."

He said he’s accepting suggestions for themes for future Movies on Memorial events.

"They can let us know through any mode of communication about the types of movies they’d love to see," Syvixay said.

The DWB is paying for the movies so the event is completely free of admission for movie-goers. However, Syvixay is looking for corporate sponsors.

For more information about Movies on Memorial, email
jason@downtownwinnipegbiz.com or call 204-958-4635.

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