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Monthly movie nights are coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion this summer, hosted by the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, viewers in seats or on the lawn can watch classic and new films on the amphitheater's outdoor screens, with food, beer and beverages for sale by Manor Hill Brewing and Tavern. General admission is free for lawn seats and some sections of the pavilion; other pavilion seats can be reserved for $10, and include access to Merriweather's party deck.

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The first movie, "Grease," will be shown on Saturday, May 27. The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission provided the following schedule of films throughout the summer: Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz," Wednesday, June 28; Disney's "Moana, "Wednesday, July 26; and "School of Rock," Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Following Merriweather's transfer of ownership from Howard Hughes Corp. to the commission in December, commission executive director Ian Kennedy said they're excited to introduce more community programming at the popular concert venue, making use of the bright, high-definition displays and high-quality sound system.

"Outdoor movies are something that other organizations in the community do, but what we're able to offer now is a chance to come into this venue everybody knows," Kennedy said. "All the movies have a music theme, which was important to us because Merriweather is known for music."

Columbia Association spokesman David Greisman said movie nights at Merriweather are "a great complement" to the annual Lakefront Summer Festival, where family-friendly movies are shown on Mondays and Fridays at Lake Kittamaqundi. The festival also features live music throughout the week.

Columbia Association is one of the sponsors for the Merriweather Movie Nights.

"It's wonderful to have yet another way for people to have a great time in Downtown Columbia," Greisman said.

Doors at Merriweather will open at 5:30 p.m. for each show, with movies starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, free or paid, are required and will go on sale for all movies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 28 at www.merriweathermusic.com/community-events/ or www.dcacc.info/mppmovies.

For more information, go to the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission website or visit its Facebook page. The full schedule for Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival will be released soon at ColumbiaAssociation.org/lakefrontfestival.



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