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Previewing "Dirty Dancing": Movies in the Park July 10

Update as of July 10, 2021:  We're on at Central Park tonight for Movies in the Park: "Dirty Dancing!" See you at 7:30 p.m. for pre-movie activities (salsa dance lesson and a photo booth), themed beverages and snacks!

"Summer days will soon be over / Soon the autumn starts / And tonight the memories whisper / Softly in our hearts" -Neil
The next movie to hit the big screen in Central Park July 10—"Dirty Dancing"—was voted on by you, the people, as the fan favorite film of the season! Check out this movie preview blog to find out all the activities, food, beverages, and other fun to make it the time of your life at Movies in the Park presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Altra Federal Credit Union!

"Dirty Dancing" synopsis and rating

“That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind.” -Baby
It’s a famous line from this season’s Movies in the Park people’s choice film and sets the scene for “Dirty Dancing.” Frances “Baby” Houseman and her family are spending a summer vacation at Kellerman’s resort.  Though it seems Baby’s life is planned out by studying economics and going into the Peace Corps, things change when she meets dance instructor Johnny Castle. Romance and dancing ensue, and they both have the time of their lives. And you will too when you come to Movies in the Park featuring “Dirty Dancing,” which is rated PG-13.


“You’ll have more time for horseshoes and croquet.” - Johnny
In “Dirty Dancing,” Kellerman’s offers guests lawn games, and so do we at Movies in the Park! Try your hand at bean bags or Connect Four. Or take dance lessons like in the movie with Gretel Quinones Castro of Blue Moon Ballroom. Gretel will show Movies in the Park goers some basic salsa steps at 7:30 p.m. so when the movie’s final scene begins, we can all get up and dance! Don’t forget to snap a shot of you, your group, or significant other in front of the Movies in the Park photo booth and tag us on social media!

Food and beverages

“I carried a watermelon.” -Baby
Don’t worry: We won't make you carry a watermelon at Movies in the Park! The only thing you'll be carrying is some delicious popcorn from Carroll’s Corn; sweet or salty, whatever satisfies your craving is up to you! If Movies in the Park starts off your friends’ outing or date night, perhaps a little coffee is in order. Café Steam will be onsite with the Swayze, a sparking espresso sweetened with orange cardamom simply syrup!

Reserve your space

“This is my dance space. This is your dance space.” - Johnny
Reserve your dance space (aka your blanket or lawn chair space) by RSVPing here. Remaining tickets are limited, so make sure you get yours if you want to attend Movies in the Park: “Dirty Dancing!”


Movies in the Park partners

“You, you’re everything!” -Baby
Just like Baby thinks the world of Johnny, we think our Movies in the Park partners are everything. Giving a shout-out to presenting partner Altra Federal Credit Union, experience partner Charter House, and radio partner MN 97.5!

COVID-19 precautions

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be present for the public’s use.
  • Masking will be encouraged.
  • The Rochester Downtown Alliance is following state of Minnesota guidelines.

  RSVP here for the showing of "Dirty Dancing" July 10 at Movies in the Park!