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Movie Under the Stars in Glendale Cemetery 9/15

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 5, 2012

The official word: The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) and Akron Digital Media Center (ADMC) announce a free outdoor movie night on Saturday, September 15th, 2012, in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron.

The moonless evening will include a showing of the black & white classic "It Happened One Night," starring former Akronite Clark Gable, vintage cartoon shorts and audience storytelling. Visitors are welcome to bring their own low chairs, blankets, flashlights (for a safe walk back to their cars) and picnic baskets. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will also be available for purchase from WHNO.

Parking will be available outside the main gate on Glendale Avenue and at January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 West Exchange Street. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and trolleys provided by the City of Akron will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow.

The evening's entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m. with "Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special," a series of Looney Tunes animated shorts sure to be a hit for kids of all ages.

Between the cartoons and the feature film, ADMC will host an open air/open mic story-telling time for audience members. "Because Clark Gable's first jobs were here in Akron rubber factories, we picked a story theme of 'First Jobs,'" said Chris Miller, Director of the Akron Digital Media Center, "So come prepared to share your own family-friendly employment anecdotes."

At 8:15 p.m., the featured film on the 12-foot screen will be "It Happened One Night," a screwball romantic comedy in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father's thumb and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Cable). Directed by Frank Capra, this seminal film won all five major Academy Awards for 1934 and is still as breezy and beguiling today.

The success of the Heinz Poll Dance Festival and Akron Symphony Orchestra performances at Glendale were an inspiration to some West Hill neighbors who decided an outdoor movie would also be a great way to use their neighborhood cemetery location. "We're not sure if anyone has shown a movie in an Akron cemetery before," said WHNO Board President John Bryson, "But if this first night is a success, we would like to offer a whole series of outdoor films next summer."

In the case of rain, the event will be moved back one day to Sunday, September 16 at the same times. For weather updates, call (330) 310-0033 or visit the WHNO website at whno.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/westhillneighborhood. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to offset the costs.

The West Hill Neighborhood Organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality and vitality of the West Hill / Highland Square neighborhood located in West Akron.

Akron Digital Media Center is a community resource that encourages citizen journalism in greater Akron. Its primary goal is to provide the training and tools local residents and organizations need to create news, information and entertainment that challenge and engage our community.

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