Video Vault: 1981 Party In The Park and keeping quiet for Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Escape Artist'

CLEVELAND - The Party in the Park was a Friday after-work tradition in Cleveland in the 70s and 80s.

The concept was pretty simple; bring a band, some food, beer and downtown workers together to let off a little steam.

The venues were varied from the Flats, to East 14th and Huron, Chester Commons to Mall B, any open space would work.

There are two clips in our video player. The first is a live shot by Eric Braun at Settler’s Landing in the Flats. Grammatically, it may be Settlers’ but everything I’ve seen online makes it out to be Settler’s as is shown in our on-screen graphic.

Eric Braun came to WEWS from WGAR radio. He would go on to become our news director.

Braun crams a boatload of facts in to his 60 seconds on the air.

Case in point, he tells us the music from Wild Horses hasn’t started yet as the organizers are trying to keep the noise down. Francis Ford Coppola is wrapping up shooting scenes for a movie he’s filming on the other side of the Cuyahoga River.

Coppola was shooting the film “The Escape Artist."

Also crammed into the story, we also get a look at folks who are guests of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association disembarking for the party from the Goodtime II. Today, we sail aboard her successor, the Goodtime III.

I’m guessing at the year of this clip. In the live report, Braun alludes to Cleveland being 185 years old, setting the live shot in 1981. The movie was released in 1982. Makes sense. Another website says the film was shot in Cleveland in 1980, let’s go with 1981.

The second clip in our video player is definitely 1975. Two Parties in the Park, one at the old Mall B fountains and the other at Chester Commons, now known as Perk Park, at East 12th and Chester. For reference, Mall B is now home to the grassy slope over the convention center between St. Clair and Lakeside avenues.

Enjoy.
 

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