JAMESTOWN – A series of comedic movies featured by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown is slated to kick off this weekend with the first of several screenings.
The summerlong event called “Riverside Saturdays” is taking place at Comedy Center Park, with the first free flick showing this Saturday.
The NCC’s Executive Director, Journey Gunderson, says it’s all part of a seven-week summer program highlighting different genres of comedy.
“Each of those theme weeks culminates with a Riverside Saturday that features live entertainment, in forms of bands, acrobats, arealists, and followed by a film screening of a classic comedy film on two jumbo outdoor screens in comedy center park lawn,” said Gunderson.
The films coincide with the ongoing summer fun weeks that are taking place within the museum.
“Each Riverside comedy includes a classic comedy film including Wayne’s World, Groundhog Day, Sister Act, Monsters Inc., Airplane, Blues Brothers, and finally the best Classic Lucy and Desi,” Gunderson furthered.
Gunderson says her favorite flick, understandably, is the classic Lucy and Desi.
“It’s only fitting that the final week of the series here in Jamestown culminates with the best comedy from our beloved hometown girl Lucille Ball, we’re excited to honor her in this way,” explained Gunderson.
Not only will Riverside Saturdays include the outdoor festivities in the evening, but the Comedy Center itself will also be open throughout the day Saturdays.
“The summer fun week series and the Riverside Saturdays provide something valuable to residents of Jamestown and visitors to the National Comedy Center alike,” said Gunderson. “We’re keeping the museum attraction, recently named the best new museum in the country, open until 7pm on Saturdays. People can enjoy the exhibits in the museum and then step outside and enjoy a drink on the newly furnished patio.”
As for where to park, Gunderson says the Comedy Center has made it easy.
“There is plenty of parking between the National Comedy Center’s parking lot on 2nd Street, evening street parking in Jamestown, and multiple parking garages, don’t let parking be a deterrent,” explained Gunderson. “When you arrive and you want to take part in Riverside Saturday, when looking at the National Comedy Center there is an underpass tunnel to the park just to the right of the main entrance.”
The National Comedy Center will be opening a new bar on their outdoor patio. Additionally, they are setting up connections with local restaurants, so guests can simply order food that will be delivered to the patio area during the events.
More information is posted online at comedycenter.org.