“On behalf of the city of Atlanta, our residents and our visitors, I’m extremely grateful for your support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Reed said that the majority of the line-up will consist of films already announced, though the conservancy has yet to confirm the slated films.
Reed also acknowledged that security would be a high priority for the series after a melee tainted last year’s showing of “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.” The Atlanta Police Department, as well as private security, will monitor the crowd during the festival, Reed said.
Reed stressed that new Hollywood blockbusters would take a backseat to “classic” films this year. The series will return on Thursday, June 2, according to park officials.
Here is the line-up as listed on the conservancy’s website:
June 2 – Back to the Future, 1985
June 9 – Imitation of Life, 1959
June 16 – Sixteen Candles, 1984
June 23 – Viewers Choice – The Birds, 1963 vs. Frankenstein, 1931
June 30 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971
For more information, please visit www.piedmontpark.org.
Top photo: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (by Ryan Watkins)