HIDDEN FIGURES closes out July’s Space Cinema events on CALS Ron Robinson Theatre screen

Image result for hidden figures movieThe 2016 film Hidden Figures is being shown tonight  (July 30) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater as it closes out Space Cinema events.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”,  Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge.  Directed by Theodore Melfi, it was based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book.  It was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Spencer), and Adapted Screenplay.

The screening starts at 7:00pm.


MAN OF STEEL kicks off Movies in the Park 10th Season

MitP 10MitP10 ManofSteelMovies in the Park kicks off its 10th season tonight with MAN OF STEEL.  This 2013 movie, a re-boot of the Superman franchise, stars Henry Cavill as the titular hero.  Others in the cast are Amy Adams, Michael Shannon (who has filmed movies in Little Rock), Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner and Laurence Fishburne.

Just before the movie, founders Blake Rutherford, Heather Allmendinger and Ben Beaumont will be honored.  The celebration will be on Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the First Security Amphitheater, just prior to the kickoff of the 2014 season.

The popular outdoor free movie night, held at the First Security Amphitheater, has been going strong for ten years now.  Movies in the Park has now grown to a season of eight films per year, on average, reaching audiences of up to 3,000 people. It’s a staple event in Central Arkansas. Communities from across the state, and the country, have reached out for guidance as they have tried to implement similar programs in the own communities.

Since 2008, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau has been managing Movies in the Park.

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