Lights, Camera, Movies in the Park

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You know you live in Arizona when ... you can catch a nighttime, outdoor movie from October until mid-December.

Every year a few valley parks set up screens and extend an open invitation to catch a free movie under the stars (so long as it isn't raining). If you've been suffering in the summer heat or working hard at school or work, it might be a great opportunity to catch a break.

So grab a blanket and a few friends -- we've put together a quick list of places and flicks you can catch for free, every Friday night for the next few weeks.

1. Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th St. & Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016
When: Every Friday at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1 through Dec. 17
Movies: Funny Face (Oct. 1), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Oct. 8), The Seven Year Itch (Oct.15), Chinatown (Oct. 22), Young Frankenstein (Oct. 29)
For the complete list of movies, visit here.

2. Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-America Way Tempe, AZ 85283
When: Every Friday at approximately 6 p.m, Oct.1 through 22
Movies: Up (Oct. 1), Princess and the Frog (Oct. 8), Monsters vs. Aliens (Oct. 15), How to Train Your Dragon (Oct. 22)
For more information, visit City of Tempe's website.

3. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338
When: One Friday a month, May through October
Final session: Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. (Third Base Gate opens at 5:30 p.m.)
Movie: The Princess and the Frog
Lawn chairs are not permitted at this venue. For more information, check out the event website.

4. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85012
When: Oct. 16 at sundown
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
This event will be hosted by Councilman Tom Simplot. In addition to the movie screening, an artist from the Arizona Opera will perform "Over the Rainbow," and tickets will be given away to the opera's opening show, "The Pirates of Penzance." For more information, call 602-262-7447.



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