Dallas Film Society Launches Outdoor Movie Series

Last fall the Dallas Film Society began producing outdoor moving screenings at Strauss Sqaure in the Performing Arts Center with Casablanca, now they’ve launched a summer program which will include Moulin Rouge, Amadeus, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Waiting for Guffman, Almost Famous, and Walk the Line. And the best bit: they are all free. Here’s the info:

AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Film Society Announce Sunset Screenings at Strauss Square

Free Outdoor Shows Will Feature Great Lineup of Award Winning Films

DALLAS (June 6, 2011 )  –  The AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Dallas Film Society announced the new schedule of Sunset Screenings at Annette Strauss Square today, which will range from the classic Amadeus to the avant-garde Exit Through the Gift Shop.

The free outdoor shows at Strauss Square provide an opportunity for the public to relax in a spectacular downtown venue in the Dallas Arts District while enjoying a movie.

“We are very pleased to join the Dallas Film Society in showing these outdoor screenings,” said AT&T Performing Arts Center President and CEO Mark J. Weinstein.  “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer in the arts district. These screenings are free and open to the public.  Annette Strauss Square is a premier outdoor performing arts venue, and will be a great place to take in a movie with friends and family.”

Admission to Sunset Screenings is free.  But RSVP for tickets is requested at www.attpac.org. Five hundred reserved seats in chairs at the front of the lawn are available. The remaining seating will be on the lawn. Concession stands will have refreshments available for purchase.  No outside food or drinks can be brought into Annette Strauss Square.  Blankets are permitted, but lawn chairs, coolers and strollers are not. There will be a place to check strollers during the screenings.

The scheduled dates and movies for Sunset Screenings are:

June 18,  8:45 p.m. — Moulin Rouge.  Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2001, Moulin Rouge stars Nicole Kidman in an innovative film that uses popular current music to tell the story of a cabaret in 1899 Paris.  127 minutes. Rated PG-13

July 16, 8:30 p.m. – Amadeus. The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told through the jealous recollections of composer Antonio Salieri, Amadeus won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and four Golden Globe Awards.  160 minutes. Rated PG

August 20, 8:30 p.m. – Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Street artists, including the infamous Banksy, are the subject of the documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which shows how they left their mark on hundreds of urban buildings.  The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  87 minutes. Rated R

September 17, 7:30 p.m.  — Waiting for Guffman.  Starring Christopher Guest, Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard, Waiting for Guffman is a “mockumentary” that parodies community  theater. Guest has written other fake documentaries, including This is Spinal Tap. 84 minutes. Rated R

October 15, 7:00 p.m. —  Almost Famous. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous is a semi-autobiographical story about a teenage writer who covers a group of rock musicians for Rolling Stone magazine. Almost Famous received four Academy Award nominations in 2001 and won two Golden Globe Awards. 122 minutes. Rated R

November 19, 7:00 p.m. — Walk the Line. The story of Johnny Cash, his musical career and his romance with June Carter is outlined in the 2005 American biographical drama, which received five Academy Award nominations.  Reese Witherspoon received the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter. 136 minutes. Rated PG-13

The radio sponsor for Sunset Screenings is CBS Radio and the print sponsor is Mixmaster, the Dallas Observer arts blog.


Open since October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrant destination for entertainment in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center presents a variety of programs, including its Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum and, in association with TITAS, contemporary dance and music, and other performances. The Center also provides performance space for The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, in unparalleled venues set within a 10-acre urban park.

More information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center is available at www.attpac.org


The Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society.  A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today’s world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual DALLAS International Film Festival is a presentation of the Dallas Film Society. In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, the Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and partnership programs with arts organizations around the city.

For more information, call (214) 720-0555, or visit dallasfilm.org.


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