Premiere on Film Row, Oklahoma City’s newest monthly street festival, is amplifying the event’s outdoor entertainmentoptions for its second event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 along W. Sheridan Avenue between Dewey and Shartel avenues downtown.
Premiere on Film Row, sponsored by Fowler Honda of Norman, is a family- and pet-friendly event on the third Friday of each month, year-round, featuring film screenings, live music, art exhibitions and gourmet food trucks. There is no cost to attend.
Sheridan Avenue will be closed for one block, between Lee and Shartel avenues, for a live music stage headlined by indie rockers the Feel Spectres at 8 p.m. Ali Harter will open the show at 6 p.m. followed by Beau Jennings and the Tigers at 7 p.m.
The Paramount, a coffee bar at 701 W. Sheridan Ave, will offer a drive-in movie experience with a free outdoor screening of a famous 1952 musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly about three performers navigating the transition from silent movies to “talkies.” There will also be live music in the café by Joe Burleigh, a performance by Oak City Comedy, and food and wine pairings.
The Hub OKC and KOSU radio will both celebrate grand openings during Premiere on Film Row. The Hub OKC, located at 7 N. Lee Ave., is a retail shop that offers custom items for the home, some manufactured in-house and others curated from artisans across the country.
KOSU radio has moved its headquarters from the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater to its new Film Row home in the Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Ave. In addition to the live music, KOSU will be offering tours of its new studios and an opportunity to meet the on-air personalities. Established in 1955, KOSU is a member-supported public radio network that operates 91.7 KOSU in central Oklahoma (including Stillwater and Oklahoma City) and 107.5 KOSN in northeast Oklahoma.
Dunlap Codding, a patent, trademark and copyright law firm located at 609 W. Sheridan Ave., is rolling out the red carpet for families with two bounce houses, an interactive “Science can be found anywhere” parklet (as part of national Park(ing) Day with OKC Beautiful), Oklahoma City firemen displaying their largest firefighting truck and coloring books. There will also be live music by Kyle Crow and art by Jime Wimmer.
Dunlap Codding will also serve as a drop-off location for backpacks as part of a drive for Upward Transitions, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless population.
“A back pack is a safe and practical way for the homeless to carry their belongings,” said Dana Hope Chism, executive director, Upward Transitions. “It allows them to keep their belonging, like a change of clothes, identification and hygiene items close to them. When you have no place to store your belongings, the safest place for them is on you.”
Joey’s Pizzeria, 700 W. Sheridan Ave., will host a free wine tasting and a free appetizer for those who donate a backpack for the Upward Transitions drive. Food trucks will include: Bobo’s Chicken, Heo’s Kitchen, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, Taqueria Del Sol and The Loaded Bowl.
Individual Artists of Oklahoma, a nonprofit art gallery at 706 W. Sheridan Ave., will host an awards ceremony for The 48 Hour Film Project and a special partnership exhibition of MAINSITE Contemporary Art’s permanent collection.
Critical Mass Productions, a video production company at 702 W. Sheridan Ave., will offer live music by Mermaids and Mermidons.
Event organizers plan to make street performers a regular feature of the free monthly event. This month will include a hoop dancer and a variety of costumed actors.
Film Row is the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S. Beginning in 1907, Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue. Film exchanges served the film industry as distribution centers, where theater owners came to view and lease films. Film Row was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.