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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ to conclude Outdoor Film Series

The Downtown Film Series will present “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Friday at dusk as this season’s final presentation of the Stars Under the Stars.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981, Rated PG) was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning in five categories. ‘Raiders’ is also included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Indiana Jones is a professor of archeology at Marshall College in 1936. When not teaching, he’s a fedora-wearing, whip-wielding adventurer in search of lost artifacts. Jones is approached by US intelligence agents who tell him they have intercepted a Nazi message. Indy deduces from the message that they are close to finding the legendary Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artifact which would make their armies unstoppable. So begins Indy’s globe-hopping adventure to find the Ark before the Nazis. Along the way he crosses paths and teams up with ex-girlfriend, Marion, and an old friend, Sallah.

The presentation will be held on the Crute Stage, Main and Fourth streets in Farmville. Come early for pre-show trivia and drawings. Parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the courthouse. Admission is always free, and popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase. Please note there is a “No Pets” policy. In the event of rain, the film will be shown the following evening at dusk.

This year’s film series sponsors are Central Virginia Regional Library, Putney Mechanical, Real Living Cornerstone, Red Door 104, and Virginia Credit Union. Donations were provided by Lib’s Place and Pepsi; special thanks go to The Farmville Herald and the Town of Farmville.

Downtown Film Series is committed to enhancing the Crute Stage area and through the years has donated permanent outdoor speakers and associated audio/visual equipment, backstage storage areas, additional power and lights, and restroom facilities. For more information on the series, visit: facebook.com/starsunderthestars.