Friends in the news

Movies in the Park series brings Flyover

Moviegoers gather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for a showing of Top Gun on Friday, August 8, 2014

Moviegoers gather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for a showing of Top Gun on Friday, August 8, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The latest film in the free Movies in the Park series shown in downtown Grand Rapids at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW , was “Top Gun” on Friday, Aug. 8.

Pre-film entertainment included drop-in volleyball games from Carpe Diem, live ice carving by Randy Finch, a paper airplane flying zone from the Grand Rapids Childrens Museum, and even an appearance from Grand Rapids own versions of “Maverick and Goose”.

A special treat were three Yak 52-TW planes flown over Ah-Nab-Awen Park by a group of TeamAeroStars pilots.

Team leader Harry “Boss” Meek was flanked by Paul “Rocket” Hornick and Dave “Cupid” Monroe. The trio took three passes over the crowd immediately before the film began.

Watch the video to see the planes in action and take a look at the photo gallery for more.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) has provided five outdoor movie nights since June 6 on a three-story inflatable screen including films like “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Dreamgirls,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

A double feature will finish out the series on Friday, Aug. 22 with a film voted on by the public, “The Sandlot” immediately followed by a showing of “Jurassic Park.”

Each of the film nights begin at 7 p.m. and include pre-movie activities planned in a collaborative effort between a nonprofit community partner, DGRI, and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. The series is sponsored by Celebration! Cinema.

Back to Articles