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All-New ZOOvie Nights Coming to Riverbanks Zoo this Summer

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2012

Special Sneak Preview for Zoo Members Only on Friday, May 25

[Columbia, SC] — Forget theaters and drive-ins—instead, experience a wildly different twist to family movie night with the all-new ZOOvie Nights coming to Riverbanks Zoo this summer!

Grab your lawn chair and enjoy family-friendly, outdoor movies in the Zoo’s Palmetto Plaza on select Friday nights in June and July, beginning June 8.

"We are excited to bring the big-screen to Riverbanks,” said Tommy Stringfellow, chief operating officer at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "ZOOvie Nights will add a new level of fun to the traditional movie night, while giving families yet another affordable opportunity to enjoy the Zoo.”

Riverbanks members are invited to enjoy a free ZOOvie Night preview during the first Members’ Night of the summer on Friday, May 25. Beginning at 6:00pm, members only will have an opportunity to explore the park, learn about birds and enjoy a special "Wings of the South” presentation. An animated, bird-themed ZOOvie will begin at dusk.

Official ZOOvie Nights will take place on Friday, June 8, 15 and 29 and July 6, 13 and 27. Admission is $3 for Riverbanks members and $5 for the general public. Tickets are available at the main Zoo entrance only. Gates open at 7:00pm; show starts at dusk.

There will be plenty to do before show time each evening. While most of the Zoo’s animals will be off exhibit catching some zzz’s, Riverbanks’ Endangered Species Carousel, Spots n’ Stripes Railroad and Wild Adventures Climbing Wall will be open until 8:30pm each ZOOvie Night. Concessions also will be available for purchase.

For the latest on ZOOvie Night "showings,” or for any possible weather cancellations stay tuned to To learn more about the Members’ Night Series or to join the Zoo, visit