For any fans of dogs, cupcakes, classic films and stationary star-viewing, a trip to Market Square on Fridays may be worth considering.

On Sept. 9, the much-anticipated outdoor movie series on Market Square made its return to Rocky Top. This eighth annual running of the series kicked off with a showing of Disney’s “Hook,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan who journeys back to Neverland.

Sponsored primarily by the Knox County Public Library, the event will run every Friday until Oct. 14. The lineup is as follows: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2009) on Sept. 16, “Lady and the Tramp” (1955) on Sept. 23, “Star Trek” (2009) on Sept. 30, “Footloose” (1984) on Oct. 7, and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009) on Oct. 14.

The movies were chosen through an extensive online voting process that took place for more than two weeks. The spectrum of time and genre only adds to the diversity of the event and draws, as Market Square promotes, “people of all ages.”

Pre-show activities featured pet tips and advice, according the Knox County Public Library’s website, The event partnered with PetSafe and Petsafe Village to host many other festivities for pets before the shows. The movies will begin playing each week on a large projector screen at 8:30 p.m., or as soon as the evening is dark enough.

“I really look forward to going,” David Best, sophomore in economics, said. “I think it’ll be a nice way to spend a Friday night after a long week of classes. And ‘Hook’ brings back some childhood memories.”

One purpose of the series is to demonstrate the Library’s wide collection of movies and music. Just over half of all circulating items at Lawson McGhee Library now are audiovisual with over 454,000 CDs, DVDs and audiobooks checked out last year.

Movie goers should bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the films and gaze at the stars. Free parking is available at the Market Street Garage, the Locust Street Garage, the State Street Garage and on the streets around Market Square.

The Library’s movie series represents just another opportunity downtown’s Market Square represents for UT students. The family friendly park-like area consists of a gamut of restaurants and boutiques.

“There are lots of fun things that happen at Market Square,” Parker Loy, sophomore in business, said. “I plan on going to at least one of the Friday movies this fall. Students should definitely take advantage of events in the Knoxville community.”

The first Friday of each month, Market Square hosts various music groups, performers and gallery walks.
Sponsors for this year’s movie series include PetSafe, Comcast, The Tomato Head, Downtown Knoxville, City People, Metro Pulse, B97.5 and Luner Cinemas. The cupcakes are catered by Magpies.