Second attempt at Movies in the Park

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Organizers behind Movies in the Park will have a chance to make up for the debacle that occurred during their last event.

The movie “Grease” will be shown Friday night at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. It’s the second film in the “Movies in the Park” series in 2014.

The year’s first event on June 6 didn’t didn’t go quite as planned after the movie projector broke, which delayed the first movie showing for hours.

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

Organizers with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. said the projector has been fixed and they will also have a back-up projector ready just in case.

Police and security will be also be at the event in light of the recent violence near in the nearby Arena District.

“It’s a community commitment, it’s one that requires everyone to come to the plate to make sure that we’re working with one another to help to manage this great downtown,” said Kris Larson with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m. “Grease” will be shown at dusk.

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