The 2018 Outdoor Family Movie Series will kick off May 5 in Arkansas City with a Pixar feature under the Wilson Park rotunda, located at 701 N. Summit St.


The recent hit “Coco” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. The movie was planned in conjunction with the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Salsa Fest event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the park.

At least eight movies are planned this year, including several recent Marvel Cinematic Universe hits and a “three-quel” to the last two years’ super-popular showings of “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” at Paris Park Pool. More pool event details, as well as the full schedule of movies, will be announced later.

And later this year, the movie series also will return with another special outreach event in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

The date, time, location and title of the movie showings are yet to be determined.

“We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “If you are interested in being a sponsor this year, please call myself or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415 to discuss pricing options.”

About the Outdoor Family Movie Series

The 2015 Outdoor Summer Movie Series was a huge success in the debut season for the new V.J. Wilkins Memorial Stage at the rotunda, with particularly large crowds viewing “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.”

The projection equipment, sound system and stage all were made possible by a grant received three years ago from the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation, in order to promote arts throughout the city.

A special fall showing of “Inside Out” drew more than 300 people to the rotunda in November 2015, despite colder temperatures. Plans were launched then for more autumn showings in 2016 and 2017.

This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson.