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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- How long has it been since you've been to a drive-in movie? For some people, the question is, have you ever been to a drive-in movie?

    Experience the nostalgia of the drive-in movie while helping a good cause this month as the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom hosts the first of four FREE drive-in movies in the parking lot behind the Taborian Hall (Arkansas Flag and Banner Building) at 800 W 9th Street in downtown Little Rock.

    The Dreamland Drive-In returns Thursdays in the month of June with mission focused movies. The Friends of Dreamland, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the Dreamland Ballroom and Taborian Hall, have selected this year's movies to highlight the history of the building and Ninth Street. Arkansas Baptist History professor, Edmond Davis, will give a brief overview of each movie prior to their start.

    The June 9 showing of iconic movie, Blazing Saddles (rated R), begins at sundown, approximately 8:30 p.m. In 2006, Blazing Saddles was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The film satirizes racism and Count Basie and his orchestra have a cameo - a Jazz band playing in the middle of the Wild West - Count Basie performed several times in the Dreamland Ballroom. The Concessions selling hot dogs, soft drinks, bottled water, ice cream and Diamond Bear Brewery beer are on-site.

    The screenings are projected on the back of the historic Arkansas Flag and Banner building, also known as Taborian Hall, with the audio broadcast through your car radio. Viewers should find their spot in the rear parking lot behind Arkansas Flag and Banner.

    Taborian Hall is one of Little Rock's most important historic structures. During its heyday, the ballroom played host to Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Arkansas-native Al Hibbler, Nat King Cole and his Trio, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie, and Arkansas's-own Louis Jordan.

    Admission is Free but donations are accepted for both cars and walk ups. Walk ups should bring their own lawn chairs. Arkansas Flag and Banner is located at 800 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. More information on the ongoing work on the ballroom, visit www.dreamlandballroom.org/.

    Proceeds from the movie series go toward restoration of the ballroom.

    Other scheduled showings are:
    June 16: Goonies PG/PG13 A band of children from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, hoping to save their homes from demolition, go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate.

    June 23: The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Force, that fought in World War II. Laurence Fishburne stars. An original Tuskegee Airman from Little Rock, Mr Milton Crenchaw, will share his experiences before the movie

    June 30: The Blues Brothers R You know the story: Jake (Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Aykroyd), who take on "a mission from God" to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up. It features musical numbers by R&B and soul singers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker, who performed at Dreamland.

    (Source: Friends of Dreamland Ballroom)

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