THIS FRIDAY: Movies on the Mile Awakens the Force with JD Eicher

Less than a year after becoming the highest-grossing film in North America’s film history, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the final installment of our 2016 Movies on the Mile series. An evening lit by the dark but starry sky on the Scioto Mile sets the mood for a movie experience.

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Picking up after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The widely anticipated Disney film released in December 2015 received highly positive reviews, with many praising its action sequences and comparing it favorably to the original trilogy. The film which anticipates two sequels has since shattered box office records and received five Academy Award nominations.


Opening the evening is the charming and contagious, JD Eicher combining seasoned songwriting, swoon-worthy vocals and emphatic delivery to establish his own brand of subtle pop. Having shared the stage with respected artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson and many others, companies like Virgin America Airlines and Olive Garden have recognized Eicher’s graceful song-craft and feature his music throughout their commercials and advertisements.

macsThe Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Strawberry Food Truck will serve up sweet and savory delicacies on August 5 at Rhythm on the River. This week the team from Buster Mac’s food truck will whip up their signature burgers and milkshakes made with Velvet Ice Cream.

Check out the CRPD Strawberry Food Truck MENU created especially for Rhythm on the River on August 5 by Buster Mac’s Food Truck!

The truck will return again to Rhythm on the River on August 19 with a Chilean inspired menu.


Evening schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Food & beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Opening performance by JD Eicher
At dusk – Movies on the Mile featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center