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|Atlantic Station offers up outdoor movies after Piedmont Park cancels 'Screen on the Green'|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|May 18, 2011 13:23|
Atlanta's Piedmont Park will not hold the annual “Screen on the Green” series at the park in 2011, according to the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Organizers of the summer-time outdoor movie nights have been held continuously since 2000, but suffered a tarnished image last year when a melee broke out during a showing of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Organizers say the series' main sponsor, Peachtree TV, pulled out of their sponsorship agreement after a management shuffle in January and they have failed to find a replacement.
“It is our desire to continue the tradition of kicking off every summer with great movies in this great park,” said Yvette Bowen, President of the Piedmont Park Conservancy. “As one of our many free community-building initiatives, we have treasured our first ten years of movies on Piedmont Park’s Meadow. This year’s event, however, the timing of Turner’s announcement left us with too little time to secure sufficient sponsors to support it and, as such, must be cancelled,” she added.
Fans of outdoor movie screenings will still be able to catch outdoor movies at Atlantic Station's Central Park every Thursday night this summer, however.
Several of the scheduled films are sure to resonate with gay viewers. Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Dreamgirls and West Side Story are among the films included in this season's lineup. Oh, and pets are welcome to attend, as well. The series kicked off last week with "Iron Man: 2" and will continue through the end of September.
For more information, you can check out www.atlanticstationcentral.org.
Check the full schedule below:
Legally Blonde, May 19
Mamma Mia!, June 2
The Wizard of Oz, July 7
Toy Story 3, August 4
Sex and the City 2, September 1
Top photo: Movie-goers to Atlantic Station's outdoor movie screening (publicity photo)
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