More than 200 attend downtown movie night

04-27-09 Movie Night
More than 200 people came to the Downtown Civic Space near the Cronkite School for a viewing of the “The Dark Knight.” On May 2, “Wall-E” will be shown on the west lawn in downtown Phoenix. (Erik Hilburn | The State Press)
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Monday, April 27, 2009
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About 230 people gathered at the downtown Phoenix Civic Space on Friday night for a viewing of “The Dark Knight,” an event that will hopefully continue to provide entertainment for Downtown students.

The movie night was organized by Associated Students of Arizona State University Downtown, the Public Safety Advisory Committee and a group of students from PRM 303, a parks and recreation management class.

“I think it was a lot of fun, and it gives Downtown students something to do,” journalism freshman Julia Bender said. “A lot of times students are bored here, so this is definitely a good idea.”

PRM 303 student and parks and recreation junior Rachel Kupitz said she wishes the event was more advertised.

“It was kind of last-minute, so I think we might have reached more people if we had advertised more and more in advance,” said Kupitz, who is specializing in therapeutic recreation. “We’re pleased with how many people came, though.”

Sam Feldman, a representative from the Public Safety Advisory Committee and a public administrator graduate student, said a movie night was chosen was because those involved wanted to incorporate the Civic Space.

“We really want the Civic Space to be a safe place, and from what I studied as an urban and metropolitan undergraduate, the best way to make a place safe is to have people use it,” Feldman said.

Feldman said the event cost a little more than $1,000, including the rights to the movie and equipment rental. He said the funding came from
surplus from part of the ASASUD budget.

“If we could purchase the right equipment, it would make this all the more possible, but the costs of the movie rights and the equipment rental make [putting on the movie event] too expensive,“ Feldman said.

There will be another movie night, the last of this semester, on May 2. The movie, “WALL-E” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the west lawn along First Avenue in Phoenix.

Feldman said his goal this week is to contact a list of donors to invite to the movie night.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some sponsors and make this into a regular event,” Feldman said.

Reach the reporter at sheydt@asu.edu.