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Local Screenings and Fun Goings-On!
As usual, Salt Lake City is stuffed to the gills with summer-fun beneficence. Take a look at some of the events, movie-wise, going on in and around town. No jokes here, just good times.

By David Riedel

SALT LAKE CITY FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS
With the theme "Family Favorites That Are Out Of This World," there are some nifty movies showing outdoors in June and July, including Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (June 1, though this one isn't for very young kids); Space Jam (June 8); Galaxy Quest (June 15); Lilo and Stitch (June 22); The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (June 29); Wonder Woman (June 30); The Iron Giant (July 6); Wall-E (July 13).

DAMN THESE HEELS
Coming up on its 15th anniversary, Damn These Heels is the longest-running LGBTQ film festival in the Mountain West. Film titles weren't available at press time but they'll be announced in late May.

THE GREATEST
The Broadway film series this year celebrates the greatest women directors from June 1 to July 3. There are too many greatest films on the docket to list, so here are the highlights: Sally Potter's Orlando; Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker; Jane Campion's The Piano (a personal fave); Niki Caro's Whale Rider; Allison Anders' Gas Food Lodging; Penelope Spheeris' masterful The Decline of Western Civilization; and Kelly Reichert's Meek's Cutoff (shot in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio).

SUMMER LATE NIGHTS
This Salt Lake Film Society series runs from June to September with movies at Tower Theatre on Fridays and Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sundays at noon. Clueless kicks things off on June 1 and Lords of Dogtown wraps things up on Sept. 2 In between you'll find Point Break, Pink Floyd The Wall, The Love Witch, Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome edition (it's just what it sounds like), and Coffy with Pam Grier.

CENTERVILLE
At Smith Park (better known as Founders Park), Movies in the Park starts up on June 8 with Sing. It's followed by Greatest Showman (June 15), Ferdinand (June 22), Coco (July 13), The Last Jedi (sweet! July 20), Black Panther (Aug. 3), and Trek (Aug. 10). Blankets, chairs and picnics are cool, alcohol is not.

OGDEN
Monday Night Movies at the Ogden Amphitheater returns June 11 with Wonder Woman. Then on June 18 (happy birthday, Paul McCartney!) it's Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which used to be one of my favorite films until I realized Ferris was on track to grow up and become someone like George W. Bush. Anyway, there's also Hidden Figures (a great film, on June 25), Jumanji (the O.G., July 9), Jumanji (the new one, July 16), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (July 23), Coco (July 30) and Black Panther (Aug. 6). Bring blankets, chairs, snacks. Doors open at 7 p.m., movies start at dusk.

PROVO
Provo's Movies in the Park opens with a dive-in screening of Coco at the Provo Rec Center Wave Pool on May 25. (Wreck-It Ralph is also a dive-in on June 29.) The other movies screen at Rock Canyon Park: How to Train your Dragon (June 4); Megamind (June 11); Despicable Me (June 18); The Greatest Showman (June 25). All movies start at dusk.

SANDY
I know I come off like a cynical bastard (and not just a little bit of a jerk), but one thing I love to do with my kid—aside from drumming and ukulele playing and running in the park and reading and gardening—is watch him experience something for the first time that I already love. He's too young for The Lion King (I always tell him Mufasa is asleep), but one day he won't be. And maybe your kids can handle it already! Movies showing this summer include Jon Favreau's live-action Jungle Book, Despicable Me 3, Tangled, Brother Bear, the wonderful Coco, and the aforementioned El Rey León. And there are candy and drinks for $1. Yes, please!

SNOWBIRD
Bring lawn chairs and coolers to the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck and settle in for Family Flicks at dusk. This year: Teen Wolf (June 22); Matilda (June 29); The Outsiders (July 6); Toy Story (July 13); Jumanji (the O.G., July 20); Groundhog Day (July 27); Ghostbusters (the O.G., Aug. 3); Footloose (O.G., Aug. 10). It all starts at dusk. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available at the Birdfeeder.

SOUTH JORDAN
You'll find some of the same movies in South Jordan that you will in Sandy, along with Wonder (June 22), the live-action Beauty and the Beast (July 6), and Wreck-It Ralph (Aug. 3), but at each screening there's stuff to do beforehand beginning at 8 p.m. For example, you can meet Belle before the BATB screening.

ST. GEORGE:
The St. George Town Square magically becomes a movie theater for Sunset on the Square on the second and fourth Fridays of the month starting May 25 with The Flyboys. There's also Ferdinand (June 8), Mulan (June 22), Despicable Me 3 (July 13), Coco (July 27), Wonder (Aug. 10), and a sing-along Beauty and the Beast (Aug. 24). Bring snacks and a lawn chair and you'll be all set.

Happy summer, everyone! Avoid heatstroke!
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