Archive for Friday, June 8, 2007

Downtown film noir festival kicks off

June 8, 2007

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The large gray wall on the north side of the downtown parking garage now has an entertaining purpose.

Monica Gundelfinger, left, and Jennifer Brothers listen to the Steve Westphal Trio perform before the film noir festival evening at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. "In A Lonely Place" was shown Thursday at the first of four festivals this summer.

Monica Gundelfinger, left, and Jennifer Brothers listen to the Steve Westphal Trio perform before the film noir festival evening at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. "In A Lonely Place" was shown Thursday at the first of four festivals this summer.

"I think a lot of people have looked at that wall and thought that it would be a great place to show a movie," said Rick Marquez, executive director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. "And that's something we could do."

And that's something the organization did Thursday night when it showed "In A Lonely Place," a 1950 film noir starring Humphrey Bogart, by projector on the wall of the parking garage at Ninth and New Hampshire streets.

The event drew more than 100 people to the grassy area in front of the wall, where they camped out on blankets and lawn chairs, ate free popcorn and enjoyed the movie.

Thursday night's event was the first of four this summer that will feature film noir movies, a popular genre of mid-20th century black-and-white crime movies.

"They're great movies," Marquez said. "Although they're not ultraviolent. They're movies you can show out here and not offend anyone."

Although the Spencer Museum of Art is considering painting a mural of sorts on the wall sometime this year, Marquez thinks the event could become an annual happening with the help of portable movie screens.

Marquez said DLI thought of the film festival as a constructive way to get people to enjoy downtown Lawrence that could complement the Brown Bag Concert Series, which also started Thursday.

"This is one of those events we hope will keep happening year after year and everyone knows when it is," Marquez said.

Comments

RKLOG 8 years, 1 month ago

I went to this. It was great! Full house. Or I guess, full lot.

8 years, 1 month ago

last night's movie was fun -- it was nice to pull out the lawn chair and sit under the stars while watching a great movie!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 years ago

This was soooo much fun!!! Free popcorn, raffle prizes. The movie was great. I'll be the crowd will be bigger next month. Wonderful idea.

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