National Comedy Center announces lineup for outdoor movie series

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the country’s official cultural institution dedicated to comedy, announced its “Comedy Under the Stars” feature film series in 2020, as it presents a series of 10 free comedy feature films on its two 350-foot, jumbo outdoor screens. From comedy classics “Airplane!,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Groundhog Day” to beloved Pixar films “Toy Story” and “Cars,” there will be something for everyone as the film series runs on select Fridays, starting Memorial Day weekend through mid-October of next year.

The movie series announcement for 2020 follows two well-received and highly-attended National Comedy Center free outdoor movie nights in the fall of 2019: “Space Balls” this past September and “Ghostbusters” this past October.

The movie lineup was selected with input from the community via social media.

“There’s nothing like watching a great comedy film — together with friends and family — outdoors, under the stars. Response to our two outdoor movie nights this year was so overwhelmingly positive that we knew we had to create a full movie series for 2020,” said Malachi Livermore, Director of Programming and Guest Experiences for the National Comedy Center. “We look forward to welcoming our local community, along with National Comedy Center visitors from near and far, to ten nights of great comedy on our jumbo screens.”

All films will start at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase

The full line-up and dates are as follows:

May 22 — “Airplane!” (40th anniversary) Directed by Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker. Rated PG

June 5 — “Toy Story” (25th anniversary) The beloved Pixar film that started them all. Rated G.

June 19 — “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” starring Matthew Broderick. Written and directed by John Hughes. Rated PG-13.

July 10 — “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray and directed by Harold Ramis. Rated PG.

July 17 — “Mama Mia” based on the Broadway musical featuring the music of ABBA. Starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Rated PG-13. Playing In conjunction with the Scandinavian Folk Festival.

August 21 — “Cars” A Pixar classic. Playing during the 28th annual Jamestown Cruise-In.

Sept. 4 — “Tommy Boy” (25th Anniversary). Starring Chris Farley and David Spade (MTV Movie Award Winner — Best Duo). Rated PG-13.

Sept. 18 — Funniest Moments of Comedy featuring legends of stage, screen, and radio who became some of television’s most enduring and beloved stars, including Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesars and Red Skelton. Not rated.

Oct. 2 — “Little Shop of Horrors” starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, John Candy, Ellen Greene and Bill Murray. Directed by Frank Oz. Based on the Broadway musical. Rated PG-13.

Oct. 16 — “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Rated PG.