‘Black Panther’ Closes 2019 Movies in the Park

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

As summer comes to a close, so does the 2019 season of Movies in the Park, which has featured a different outdoor screening each Saturday throughout August at Palisades Recreation Center.

This weekend, on August 31, Movies in the Park will screen “Black Panther,” a 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

“Black Panther” follows the story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda after the death of his father to take his place as king. He is attacked by a powerful enemy who suddenly reappears, which puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

The film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Black Panther” was directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Palisadian Kevin Feige.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blanket and chair. The movie will start at nightfall—around 8 p.m.—on the baseball fields at the rec center. 

No pets, alcohol, smoking or stick-legged chairs will be allowed.

MITP, wrapping up its 16th season, is a nonprofit founded by Palisades native David Williams who was hoping to create an event for “families to reconnect.” 

“It’s been an amazing season,” Williams explained to the Palisadian-Post. “This year has, once again, shown me the importance of quality family time … ”

The 2019 season began with the Arnie Wishnick Community Choice (“Back to the Future”), then celebrated the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” followed by two back-to-back family favorites: “Finding Nemo” and “Incredibles 2.”

MITP will return in 2020.