St. Petersburg Preservation’s “Movies in the Park” returns this Thursday

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As spring rolls into summer, the non-profit St. Petersburg Preservation invites residents and guests for a night of music and fun on the St. Pete downtown waterfront.

The cultural and historical conservancy organization hosted “Movies in the Park,” a free outdoor event featuring film classics and live music every Thursday evening during May and October in North Straub Park, located on Beach Drive between Fourth and Fifth Avenues NE.

Now in its fifth year, the film series begins May 1 with the 1969 masterpiece “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring the iconic team of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, directed by George Roy Hill. Rob Tyre provides music, which begins at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at dusk.

Movies are free and pay-what-you-can donations are accepted. Food and drink will be available through a number of vendors from the popular Saturday Morning Market, but participants are also welcome to take along a picnic and listen to music before the movie.

There is limited seating for the event, so organizers recommend viewers bring their own chairs or a blanket. Parking is available at the Sundial garage or Pier parking lots. Free bicycle valet parking is available from the St. Petersburg Bike Co-Op.

Since 1977, SPP has worked to preserve, rehabilitate and restore a number of historic sites and architectural structures around the Tampa Bay area. In addition to movies, the group offers a number of walking tours of “St. Pete’s Hidden History;” public forums on the city’s history and preservation; and neighborhood “porch parties.”

Other showings in the “Movies in the Park” series include:

  • May 8: Dial M for Murder/Music by Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association
  • May 15: When Harry Met Sally/Music by The Applebutter Express
  • May 22: The Jerk/Music by Reina Collins Band
  • May 29: Men in Black/Music by Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes

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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.