Movies in the Park Shares 2019 Lineup

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Movies in the Park returns to the Palisades Recreation Center this August with five movies—including the “Arnie Wishnick Community Choice,” honoring the late local legend during the first movie of the year.

“We posted on Nextdoor and our Facebook page for community input,” Movies in the Park Founder/President David Williams shared. “Got about 150 responses. We will do this from now on.”

Honoring Arnie, the 16th season will kick off on August 3 with a screening of “Back to the Future.” The film needs little introduction—the family-friendly 1985 sci-fi classic tells the story of small-town California teen Marty McFly, who is thrown back into the 1950s when an experiment goes wrong.

Next up on August 10, celebrating 80 years, is 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” which follows Dorothy and her dog Toto who are whisked away to the magical land of Oz during a tornado in Kansas.

August 17 Palisadians can catch a showing of Finding Nemo, followed by “Incredibles 2” on August 24.

The season will close on August 31 with a screening of “Black Panther,” a 2018 Marvel Studios flick starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king after the death of his father.

Golden Sparkplug Award-winning Movies in the Park is a nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2003 by Alphabet Streets resident Williams to provide free family fun to the Palisades in the month of August. All screenings take place on Saturday nights, starting at 6 p.m., at the rec center.

“If any business, individual or family would like to become a sponsor of the 2019 season, please email us at and we will send you all the information,” Williams wrote in a Facebook post.