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City approves partial closure of Massachusetts Street for outdoor movie

September 17, 2013


"The Goonies" is a go.

Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to shut down a portion of Massachusetts Street for about seven hours on Sept. 26 to accommodate a free outdoor showing of "The Goonies," a 1985 cult classic about a group of kids on a wild treasure hunt.

The movie is part of an event celebrating the Granada's 20th anniversary as a live music venue and its 80th anniversary as a major entertainment venue downtown. The event will close the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 26. Crews will set up a portable screen and projector at the south end of the block, and movie-goers can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit in the street. The movie is scheduled to begin about 9 p.m., although other festivities outside the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., will begin at 7 p.m.

Commissioners in the past have balked at the idea of closing down portions of Massachusetts Street, but the request won unanimous approval after commissioners said they thought it would be a unique family-friendly event that exposes more people to downtown. Several merchants also wrote letters of support for the temporary street closure.

Commissioners, however, said they do want to look at creating a policy to deal with future requests to close downtown streets for events.


blindrabbit 4 years, 8 months ago

Good but, why not permanently close off 8th Street between Mass. and New Hampshire to auto traffic, but leaving emergency vehicle access. Would be an ideal location for outdoor events of many kinds. Traffic flow could be modified to 7th and 9th to accommodate this. This location has been used already for several events including KU Relays Shot Put Venue, Sand Bar's Block Party and recently closed for the Busker Events. Why not!

jack22 4 years, 8 months ago

Why not? Because someone might want to buy out and tear down the Tap Room or the Sandbar to put up an apartment building or a hotel and this would mess with their traffic flow.

GUMnNUTS 4 years, 8 months ago

It would cost quite a bit of money to buy either of those. Nothing fancy about either of them but their grandfathered in liquor only sales makes them rather valuable.

jack22 4 years, 8 months ago

Gumnnuts, I agree, the city would probably have to hand out another parking garage, 20 year tax abatement, and special tax district to make it "economically feasible" to the rich developer who took it on.

asixbury 4 years, 8 months ago

Because Goonies is awesome! It will attract the demographic they're aiming at, as well.

Liberty275 4 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, why "Goonies"? They should show "Carnival of Souls".

IgnorantYokel 4 years, 8 months ago

Bunch of one-eyed willies need to remove the eye patch and give Goonies a fresh look.

The movie has it all. Friendship. Exploration. Community. Teamwork. Coming of age. Ingenuity. Individual talents/abilities. Parental/family love. Compassion for the disabled. History. Good versus bad. Rich versus poor. A Baby Ruth product placement...

Sherry Warren 4 years, 8 months ago

Not very family friendly on a school night. But I love the idea - and Goonies!

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