First-Ever Downtown Movie Nights Starting This Summer in Lee’s Summit

The National Main Street Center, Project for Public Spaces, and ioby hosted the Cultivating Place on Main Streets Crowdfunding Challenge to award matching dollars to proposed placemaking projects in 5 states that focused on activating community spaces. Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on the preservation of historic Downtown Lee’s Summit, was selected as one of the pilot communities for this crowdfunding challenge. Proposed funds for the placemaking project were raised from public support through a crowdfunding campaign, and the new event, Downtown Movie Night, will begin this summer.

The crowdfunding campaign raised $3,900 from almost 50 community members and businesses. $1,500 of that was matched by the hosts of the crowdfunding challenge, allowing $5,400 total to be devoted to the project. These funds will be used to buy the rights to the films and to purchase the necessary equipment for hosting outdoor movies.

Each movie night will feature a classic movie appropriate for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to enjoy during the event. The event will be held in the City Hall Plaza area near 3rd and Green streets.

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Facebook page hosted a post to let the public vote on which movies would be shown. The dates and movies for the 2017 season are:

Thursday, July 27 | 9PM, Grease
   Sponsored by Midwest Property Resources, LLC

Thursday, August 24 | 8:30PM, The Sandlot
   Sponsored by Arvest Bank

Thursday, September 28 | 8PM, Princess Bride
   Sponsored by Douglas Auto and Tire


For more information on this and other Downtown Lee’s Summit events, visit

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