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Movies at the Plaza: Cañon City’s “First Friday” Celebration

August 5 - August 6

Canon City has long been known as an area that is appealing to Hollywood filmmakers. This dates back to the early 1900s when silent films were being made. The surrounding mountains, the Arkansas River, Buckskin Joe, and Skyline Drive just to name a few of the places where filming has been done.

On August 5 and August 6 the 150th Sesquicentennial committee will be providing outdoor movies at 516 Macon Avenue, that have been filmed in and around Canon City.

On August 5 the program will begin at 8 p.m. with special guest speaker, David Emrich, author of the book “Hollywood Colorado.” At 8:30 p.m. the movie “Pirates of the Plains” will show with piano accompaniment by Hank Troy.

August 6, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Canon City Public Library’s foam machine and yard games for all ages. At 7:30 p.m. any local extras that starred in any of the movies filmed in Canon City, we would love for you to come and talk about your experience. At 8 p.m. pre-show by Starpoint. At 8:30 p.m. the movie, “Brother’s O’Toole” starring John Astin will begin.


On the first Friday of every month, stores in historic Downtown Cañon City stay open late to celebrate various artists. Live music, food, art, and more!

Cañon City’s sesquicentennial will consist of a yearlong celebration of Cañon City’s 150th anniversary. Every month, there will be a new theme for the “First Friday” Celebration to mark the occasion.

The anniversary year encourages residents and visitors to explore themes of history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure.

Please join us for the first Friday event of our Sesquicentennial! This month’s theme is Movies at the Plaza.


August 5
August 6
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Cañon City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration


Canon City Downtown Historic District
516 Macon Ave
Cañon City, CO 81212
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