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St. Pete preservation announces May Movies in the Park series

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Conservancy group St. Pete Preservation has unveiled its latest lineup in the annual Movies at the Park series.

Movies in the Park is a free showing of film classics and live music set for each Thursday night in May at St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park on Beach Drive between Fourth and Fifth Avenues NE. The fun begins with music at 7 p.m., movies begin at dusk. Parking is available at the Museum of Fine Arts on Beach Drive, with participants encouraged to arrive by a Coast Bike Share, which has a hub less than a block away.

The list of movies was unveiled last week at a Movie Announcement Party, a celebration held in the courtyard of the Ale & the Witch brewpub in downtown St. Petersburg.

In addition to weekly Movies in the Park, SPP has also added a special Movies to Midtown event for Thursday, April 27, in the garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, in St. Petersburg. The movie is “Red Tails” (2012), with music provided by Tremain Lamar.

In commemoration of the May Movies in the Park series, local artist Carrie Jadus created an original poster that will be on sale at the SPP tent at Movies in the Park and at the Saturday Morning Market, held in the parking lot of Al Lang Field.

The scheduled May Movies in the Park:

– May 4: Charade (1963) with music by Rayzilla’s Hippie Slayers.

– May 11: Princess Bride (1987) with music by Mezzu’ Mare.

– May 18: Footloose (1984) with music by The Joe Milligan Project.

– May 25: Top Gun (1986) with music by Funk Shui.

For more information on the Movies in the Park series, as well as other events hosted by St. Pete preservation, visit

Founded in 1977 as an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, St. Pete Preservation seeks to “keep St. Pete special,” through acquisition, preservation, restoration and maintenance of various historical, natural and scenic sites throughout the city.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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