The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will enter its home stretch June 23 in Arkansas City with an animated film at the Wilson Park rotunda, located at 701 N. Summit St.

“The Lego Batman Movie,” which was just released in stores last week, will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. This PG-rated film is sponsored by the Soroptimists of Arkansas City, who will provide concessions.

The film features Bruce Wayne/Batman dealing with his “gallery of rogues” as they plan to rule Gotham City, while also discovering he accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

The free movies series will continue at 7 p.m. July 7 at the rotunda with the holiday hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” sponsored by Mitch Reichle—Farm Bureau Financial Services.

This summer’s movie slate will wrap up at nightfall on July 21, which will be a sequel event to last year’s popular showing of “Finding Nemo” at Paris Park Pool, with free admission offered once more.

On June 15, the Outdoor Movie Series hit the road for the first time ever with a special showing on the Kay County Courthouse lawn in Newkirk, Oklahoma, but the film had to be cut short due to weather.

This special outreach event, sponsored by Newkirk Main Street, will be rescheduled for a later date.

The next two movie nights will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This year’s staggered “every other week” schedule allows for movies to be postponed until the following Friday in case of inclement weather.

A minimum of four movies are planned for this fall, including one in conjunction with the National Night Out kickoff party for the second straight year, for a total of 16 movies to be shown for free in 2017.

“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 fall or represent a nonprofit that would like to serve concessions, please call myself or Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 to discuss your options.”

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