Broken projector delays first ‘Movies in the Park’

Movie goers wait for the film to start during Grand Rapids' "Movies in the Park" (June 6, 2014).
Movie goers wait for the film to start during Grand Rapids' "Movies in the Park" (June 6, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This year’s first “Movies in the Park” event didn’t quite go as planned Friday night.

Hundreds came out to watch the classic film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the big screen at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m. Friday and the film was suppose to start at dusk, but the screen was blank…and stayed that way for several hours.

Despite the wait for the movie to start, people stayed in the park for the film. Grand Rapids Brewing Company brought out free beer for movie patrons as they waited.

Organizers say a fuse blew in the projector and they didn’t have a spare projector immediately available. Crews found a second projector and got the film going at 11:15 p.m.

With a run time of 115 minutes, movie viewers didn’t leave the park until after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Organizers say they’ll have a backup ready for the next movie, which is the movie “Grease” set for June 20th.

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