The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance is teaming up with Cox Communications to bring back the popular Movies in the Park series.

On the first Friday of the month from now through September, SAACA will host the Cox signature movie night under the stars at Reid Park’s Demeester Performing Arts Center, South Country Club Road and East 22nd Street. Admission is free and pre-screening activities begin at 6 p.m.; the movie starts around 7:45 p.m.

In 2003, Cox introduced the Movies in the Park summer series using a projector and a repurposed bed sheet. In the 14 years since, the program has grown in popularity and sophistication; they now use a digital projector and the bed sheet has been upstaged by an actual movie screen. The cable provider hosts a similar series in Cochise County.

The schedule for the Cox Movies in the Park series:

  • June 2: “Moana.” An impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s on an island in ancient Polynesia is wrestling with a terrible curse by the demigod Maui. Moana answers the ocean’s call to seek out the demigod and make things right.
  • July 7: “The Secret Life of Pets,” featuring voice talent from Louis C.K. as Max, the spoiled terrier living life large in New York City until Duke interrupts his good life.
  • Aug. 4: “Zootopia.” A rookie bunny cop teams up with a cynical con-artist fox to uncover a conspiracy in a city of anthropomorphic animals.
  • Sept. 1: “Finding Dory.” Ellen DeGeneres recreates her role as the lovably dimwitted blue tang fish Dory. Instead of scurrying around the seas for Nemo, Dory is trying to find her parents and in the process finds the meaning of family.

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