Press release

Winners Selected for Political Moviefest at Dilworth Park!


Top Four Movies Will be Shown on Four Nights of Free Films in July

PHILADELPHIA (June 21, 2016) – In the spirit of this year’s political primaries, the Center City District offered the public a slate of 12 movies with political themes, so voters on-line could choose their favorite four films for the upcoming POLITICAL MOVIEFEST at Dilworth Park.

The total number of online votes cast was 487, and the ballots have been tallied! No political PACs spent any money to influence the results. The winning movies will be shown at dusk beginning Wednesday, July 20, through Saturday, July 23, just before the Democratic National Convention arrives in Philadelphia.

The winning candidates were: All the President's Men, 50.7%; Selma, 47.4%; The American President, 39.6%; and The Manchurian Candidate, 37.0%.

POLITICAL MOVIEFEST will debut Wednesday, July 20, with Selma, PG13, 2015, 127 minutes; followed by:
Thursday, July 21: The Manchurian Candidate, PG13, 1962, 126 minutes;
Friday, July 22: The American President, PG13, 1995, 114 minutes; and
Saturday, July 23: All the President’s Men, PG, 1976, 138 minutes.

If the public is enthusiastic about the first four movies, POLITICAL MOVIEFEST at Dilworth Park will continue with an election-year encore featuring the remaining eight films that garnered slightly fewer votes:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, NR, 1939, 129 minutes, 35.1%;

Dave, PG13, 1993, 105 minutes, 31.0%;

Charlie Wilson's War, R, 2007, 101 minutes, 26.7%;

Election, R, 1999, 104 minutes, 26.1%;

Primary Colors, R, 1998, 143 minutes, 22.8%;

The Candidate, PG, 1972, 109 minutes, 22.8%;

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, PG13, 2003, 95 minutes, 20.1%; and

A Face in the Crowd, NR, 1957, 125 minutes, 12.9%.

See you at Dilworth Park, where you’ll find the new Dilworth Park Café and Air Grille, both from Brûlée Catering, offering an array of summer favorites such as hotdogs, burgers, smoked brisket, falafel burgers, and corn on the cob. Also Capogiro Gelato Artisans is back with its custom-made cart serving sorbetto and gelato in a variety of seasonal flavors. And perfect for the movies anytime is popcorn from Philly Pop Kettle Corn, located at the south end of Dilworth Park.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy the outdoors and four great free movies at Dilworth Park!


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