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Coming Soon: Harrisburg to host free outdoor movies in Reservoir Park


The historic band shell at Reservoir Park is home to Harrisburg’s outdoor movie nights.


In what’s become a summertime tradition, Harrisburg once again will host free movie nights at the band shell at Reservoir Park.

This year, the city Parks and Recreation Department will host 10 movie nights throughout the summer months.

The movies include “King Richard” (June 24), “Beauty and the Beast” (July 1), Annie (July 8), “42” (July 15), “Moana” (July 22), “Black Panther” (July 29), “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” (Aug. 5), “Encanto” (Aug. 12) and “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (Aug. 19).

Kevin Sanders, Harrisburg’s parks and recreation manager, said that it’s a lot of work to put together the program, but is worth it in the end.

“Once the first one happens, you calm down,” he said. “But it puts a smile on your face.”

For the third year, the department chose some new movies to show, as well as some repeats.

According to Sanders, the city will show “Beauty and the Beast” because it previously drew a crowd of about 100. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” will be shown for the first time because it rained last year on the scheduled date of the showing.

Sanders said that this outdoor movie program is unique because of the location. 

“Ours has a touch of urban taste and feel, along with the history of the band shell,” he said.

Sanders added that this is a program that the whole family can enjoy. 

“Programming can just be watching a movie with your kids,” he said. 

Refreshments will be sold at the event. The department is still looking into scheduling food trucks. There will, however, be appearances from some of the movie’s characters, such as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”

All of the films start at 8 p.m. Attendees should bring a chair or blanket to sit on. There are portable toilets available on site. Parking is available in the band shell parking lot at the back of the Civil War museum and anywhere else designated by the staff. 

Due to the event, Paxtang and Concert Drive will close at 7 p.m., meaning that anyone who enters at that time will have to park at the Civil War Museum or enter via Market and Walnut streets.

For more information on Harrisburg’s free summertime movie series, visit

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