"The Express," a 2008 movie about college football hero Ernie Davis, will show up on the big screen at Bellevue Downtown Park Tuesday for the Outdoor Movies in the Park series. Free films are showing Tuesday nights at Downtown and Eastgate parks this summer.
While promoters and vendors approached the city about presenting outdoor movies in recent years, lining up enough sponsors was challenging. This year, Intelius, the Bellevue-based search and background check company, agreed to sponsor movies at the South Bellevue Community Center, then volunteered to fund them at Downtown Park too.
While the movies are free, the city is collecting goods for a variety of charities, with each movie night dedicated to a different local service organization. On July 28, backpacks and school supplies are being collected for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue.
Over five weeks, starting July 7, films will be shown on a 25-foot screen in the east side of Downtown Park. The shows will begin at dusk, between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
Parking is limited to the park's lots and the streets. Carpooling may be a good choice. If there is bad weather, that night's movie will be cancelled.
On Aug. 11, 18 and 25, the movies will show on a big screen at the ball field at Eastgate Park, where the South Bellevue Community Center (14509 SE Newport Way) is located. Movies will start there between 8 and 8:30 p.m. On rainy nights, movies will be shown in the gym at the South Bellevue Community Center.
All of the movies, which are family-friendly and carry a PG rating, include "Bride Wars," "Second Hand Lions," "Kung Fu Panda," "Ghostbusters" and "Back to the Future."
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