Movie on the Lawn American Graffiti

1515 SW 10th Ave| Topeka, KS 66604

785-580-4486 |www.tscpl.org

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Diana Friend, Communications and Marketing Director
Office: 785-580-4486 Cell: 785-554-5334
dfriend@tscpl.org
Leah Sewell, Communications Editor
785-580-4487
lsewell@tscpl.org

Topeka, Kan. – Movie-goers can cruise downtown Sat. Aug. 23 for an evening full of classic cars and classic film with the Cruisin’ the Capital Car Show and Movie on the Lawn’s first big screen showing of the season, “American Graffiti” at 9th and Jackson.

The car show is 5 – 8 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m.

Directed by George Lucas, “American Graffiti” (1973) is a classic coming-of-age comedy and drama set in the early 1960s that follows two teens who spend one last night cruising their hometown strip before heading off to college.

Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs to view the film from the 100 block of 9th Street. While the audience may not sit on the Capitol lawn, the Capitol building will be a backdrop to the film.

An area nearby will be reserved for a beer and barbecue garden, and will be open throughout the screening.

Edie Smith, marketing director of Downtown Topeka, Inc., said that events like these are becoming typical for downtown Topeka.

“We’re trying to create an entertainment environment in the downtown area, and this is yet another fun event,” said Smith.

Sponsors include seveneightfive magazine, Westar, Subway, Downtown Topeka, Inc. and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, which has been a partner of Movie on the Lawn since its inception.

“It’s a very popular community event,” said Diana Friend, communications and marketing director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. “We always have over 100 people. It’s a part of the wider effort to revitalize downtown. It’s a wonderful gathering place.”

In September, Movie on the Lawn returns to the Southeast lawn of the Capitol with “Wreck-It Ralph” Sat. Sept. 13 and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” Sat. Sept. 27.

About the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
The Topeka & Shawnee County Library offers an outstanding collection of books, movies, music in print, digital and audio formats. It also features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, the Chandler Booktique, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and free computer/Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.