Downtown Grand Rapids names fall Movies in the Park


Josh Brolin plays “Brand” in the 1985 film “The Goonies.” Photo via

What some consider to be a cult classic from the mid 1980s and a Halloween double feature are in the lineup for the second round of Movies in the Park presented by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

“The Goonies”

The 1985 film “The Goonies” will kick off the second and final series of outdoor films this year on Oct. 18.

The plot revolves around a group of young boys who find a secret treasure map and then embark on a magical adventure. The movie stars Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman.

Believe it or not, Steven Spielberg produced it, and Richard Donner, of “Superman” fame, directed it.

“Hocus Pocus”

Then DGRI presents a twin bill on Oct. 25.

The doubleheader opens with “Hocus Pocus,” a 1993 film that stars Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The story involves two teens, a young girl and an immortal cat trying to stop three witches from completing their reign of terror.

The witches, who happen to be sisters, were resurrected in Salem, Mass., on Halloween night.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Then perhaps the most popular midnight movie in the history of filmmaking will be shown, as DGRI will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in all its 1975 insanity.

Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick head the unforgettable cast.

The musical tells the story of a recently engaged couple who inadvertently find themselves marooned at the very bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Bring toast. And rice.

Food and drink

All films will be presented under the stars at Ah-Nab-Awen Park downtown and all are free.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Vendors will be on hand selling refreshments, and beer and wine are allowed.

The events begin at 7 p.m., with the films starting at dusk.

The program

Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kristopher Larson said about 3,000 people attended each of the three August showings, and 2,600 online votes were cast to choose the films for this second series.

“I voted for Jurassic Park,” Larson said.

The DDA and the city’s Office of Special Events are co-sponsoring Movies in the Park with DGRI.

Other sponsors are the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition and Celebration! Cinema.

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