Screening of ‘Les Misérables’ at Rockford’s Davis Park July 20

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Les Misérables, staring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, is the second selection in the Movies in the Park series, part of Weekends in the Park, showing Saturday night, July 20. Gates will open to patrons at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at sundown on the north lawn of Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St., downtown Rockford.

Moviegoers can bring lawn chairs and blankets to the park and purchase food, soda, beer and wine from on-site vendors at the park beginning at 7 p.m. Barefoot Wines will also be offering a wine tasting starting at 7 p.m. In case of rain or inclement weather, a determination will be made by 4 p.m. as to whether the movie will be canceled or moved indoors to the BMO Harris Bank Center arena floor.

Les Misérables takes place in 19th-century France. Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. This sweeping, dramatic story unfolds amid a student-led uprising in 1832 Paris.

Movies in the Park is part of Weekends in the Park, which includes Friday Night Flix and a concert sereis. The next concert is Saturday, July 27, with Gospelfest with Sunday Best featuring Le’Andria Johnson and other Sunday Best contestants. Doors open at 2 p.m., and concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, plus applicable fees for the seated area, and $15, plus applicable fees for the lawn area.

The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority is the board that oversees the downtown arena and Davis Park, with the mission of revitalizing downtown entertainment. The board was appointed in March 2010.

Posted July 19, 2013

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