Free Outdoor Movie Night Coming To Belle Isle


The Belle Isle Conservancy and the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts will host an outdoor movie night on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Belle Isle Park. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the grounds near the Belle Isle lighthouse, movie goers will explore the critically-acclaimed 2008 documentary film Soul Power, projected on a giant screen. The site will open at 6 p.m.

The film, directed by Jeff Levy-Hinte, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of the Zaire 74 music festival, which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in October 1974. In addition to colorful clips of Ali, the film features performances by music legends James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers and The Spinners, as well as a variety of off-stage commentary. The movie is approximately 90 minutes.

Outdoor Movie Night at Belle Isle Park is part of the Detroit Film Theatre’s initiative to bring culturally significant films to outdoor venues across the state. The Sept. 3 movie night is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available near the movie site, including Detroit famous food trucks Hero or Villain and Detroit BBQ Company, as well as What’s Up Dawg and NYC Yogurt. Movie goers are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks; however, alcohol is prohibited on the island.

A recreation passport is required for vehicle access to Belle Isle Park - $11 annually for Michigan residents or $9 daily for non-Michigan residents. No recreation passport is necessary for pedestrian and bike access. Please visit for details. Street parking will be available during the Outdoor Movie Night event on the east end of the island along Lakeside Drive.

A complete list of Belle Isle outdoor movie night guidelines and restrictions is available at


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