Free movie showings at Beale Street Landing start Friday

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Beginning Friday, free movie showings will be provided at Beale Street Landing.

The inaugural season of Free Friday Flicks will start with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The showings will begin at dusk each Friday. The season lasts until October 17.

The landing’s Riverfront Bar & Grill and Parker’s Concessions Food Truck will sell concessions. No coolers, picnic baskets, or pets will be allowed.


August 29 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
September 5 – Shorts
September 12 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
September 19 – Footloose
September 26 – Back to the Future
October 3 – Men in Black
October 10 – Spider-man
October 17 – The Incredibles


  • ron

    Its a nice facility but I don’t see 42 million there. Maybe 10 million on a good day for the contractor but no way 42 million. The city got ripped big time. And when I was down there a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday… there were just a handful of tourists there. This is another construction debacle like the pyramid. I guess in 25 years we can rent this to bass pro too.

  • Doug Weatherford

    You can’t take a snapshot glance from a quick visit and make an overall judgement on anything that I can think of. The “handful of tourists” you happened to see in a one time glance are part of a heavy volume who visit Downtown Memphis annually. I work with them and talk to them year round. The absence of proper riverboat access and a river observation point were two of the things visitors couldn’t understand in the past and now they are there to complete the picture. The major paddle wheelers which now dock at Beale St. Landing have brought ten thousand visitors (conservatively) already to the city spending (conservatively) over two million dollars in the short time the facility has been opened. Even the local excursion riverboats embarking from there instead of the cumbersome cobblestones now draw up to a couple of hundred passengers twice daily plus additional charters. Additionally, people traveling through town have a vantage point from which to absorb the proper full perspective of Memphis’s position on the big river rather than trying to figure out where to pull off in frequently unforgiving Riverside Drive traffic and look. The movie series no doubt is just another way of trying to endear the project to some of the public who might not have felt included previously, but the benefits of this laboriously constructed attraction go way beyond watching free movies. The construction costs while excessive wouldn’t have been incurred on tamer riverbanks like those by the Cumberland and the Tennessee, but Memphis was tackling a bucking broncho when it tried took on the banks of the main channel of the Mississippi.

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