ENCORE PARK AND TEXAS THEATRE ANNOUNCE JOINT OUTDOOR FILM SERIES OF WARNER BROTHERS FILM EXCHANGE MOVIES ONCE HOUSED AT 508 PARK
Series Includes The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and Dallas
Encore Park, once home to the Warner Brothers Film Exchange in Downtown Dallas, is launching a free three-part film screening series starting September 6. Done in collaboration with Texas Theatre, the series will include short and feature-length films distributed by Warner Brothers in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Films will be screened outdoors at 508 Amphitheater, which is a component of Encore Park, the innovative, cultural, and social impact campus in Dallas’ historic Harwood District currently being revitalized by The Stewpot and First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.
Encore Park’s cornerstone building, 508 Park, was originally built in 1929 to serve as Warner Brothers’ film exchange and distribution hub for the region. All of the films selected for the screening series are from Warner Brothers’ collection of films during the three-decade era Warner Brothers operated at 508 Park.
“These renowned films underscore this venue’s unique past, which is steeped in Dallas history and culture,” said Pat Bywaters, executive director of Encore Park. “We are excited to invite all of Dallas to experience this hidden treasure in the middle of downtown.”
The first screening will take place on September 6 and feature the 1938 short cartoon Cinderella Meets Fella and 1938 feature film The Adventures of Robin Hood, the Errol Flynn swashbuckler known for being one of the best films lensed in glorious 3-strip Technicolor. "Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance," boasted original Warner Bros. publicity for the film.
The second screening on Sunday, September 20, will open with a concert from Goodspeed, an eclectic band featuring vocal harmonies and subtle acoustic arrangements, at 7 p.m. The evening will continue with the showing of the 1943 short cartoon Wise Quacking Duck and the 1942 Academy Award-winning feature film Casablanca. Casablanca was one of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's most iconic roles. The original playwright called the film "True Yesterday, True Today, True Tomorrow."
The final film screening will take place on October 4 and showcase Bunny Hugged, a toon from 1951 and Dallas, the 1950 Gary Cooper western set in downtown Dallas after the Civil War. At 7 p.m.,, University of North Texas professor Dr. Michael Wise, an assistant professor of the history of the American West will give a short talk on western films.
“We are honored to partner with Encore Park to bring this outdoor film series to their historic property,” said Barak Epstein, president of Aviation Cinemas, which operates the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. “It’s part of our mission to celebrate the deep history of Dallas' movie exhibition industry. These screenings, in cooperation with Warner Brothers, are just one more step in Encore Park’s great plans.”
The events are free, but registration is preferred. Please register here. All three events will begin at 7 p.m. with the films showing at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30. Movie patrons are invited to bring small coolers and blankets. Some chairs will be available at the back of the venue. No pets or firearms. Free secure public parking is available in the First Presbyterian Church garage at 408 Park Avenue at the northeast corner of Young Street and Park Avenue.