Movie on the Lawn-The Rescuers (1977)

Find your spot on the Statehouse lawn and cozy up to the big screen with your friends and family at 7:30pm on Sat, Sept 23. This Movie on the Lawn will have thrills and adventures with The Rescuers  showing on the south side of the Kansas State Capitol.

The Rescuers is a 1977 animated Disney film that showcases the vocal talents of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor. The movie follows Rescue Aid Society’s furry heroes, Bernard and Miss Bianca, as they locate and try to rescue a kidnapped orphan, Penny, from treasure huntress Madame Medusa and her two pet crocodiles in the swampy bayou.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and settle in for the movie. You can bring your snacks and drinks or buy them from vendors outside the Capitol. We’ll have fun activities before show time to keep you and the kids entertained.

“It’s a very popular community event,” said Kelli Smith, community services librarian. “We usually have 100 to 250 people attend each film. Movie on the Lawn events stir up memories of the drive-in when I was a young girl. I think that is why I enjoy coming out to see the films so much. The Kansas State Capitol grounds make a beautiful backdrop for the event too.”

Movies on the Lawn is a collaboration between the library, Downtown Topeka, Inc. and seveneightfive magazine. The Friends of the Library and the following sponsors through the Capital Business Improvement District help support this event: Clayton Financial Services,CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Cox Communications, Cumulus Broadcasting, Parrish Hotels Corporation,Security Benefit – SE2, Strathman Sales,  Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka Landscape, Westar Energy and WIBW 13.

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Kelli Smith is a bookmobile librarian who helps bring the library to you. She also works with partners to coordinate community movie events including Movie on the Lawn and Silents in the Cathedral.