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Army Wives at Park Circle, Free Movies, Peoples Art Center

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Army Wivesin Park Circle

Catching a glimpse of a famous actor or a cameraman in Charleston is nothing new, but for Park Circle Coffee 'n' Cream, having a film cast and crew on spot is all the rage.

The quaint café was chosen for a scene in Army Wives, a series aired on Lifetime, because of its cozy appeal. For two days a few weeks back, Park Circle Coffee closed the restaurant for filming to take place.

"We were closed the entire first day of filming. We could have easily opened in the afternoon, but we needed to do some cleaning," says owner Richard Campbell.

Park Circle Coffee opened for lunch on the second day of filming. Customers at the cafe were excited to have the film crew and cast around. The episodes will air July 6 and 13.

"I was lucky enough to be one of the waiters in one of the scenes," Campbell says, but he joked that you can only see his arm and his waist in the shot. Campbell says that Catherine Bell and the other actresses were very friendly and easy to talk to, especially while having their hair and makeup done. Campbell and local customers say they can't wait for the Wives to return. —Caitlin Baker

Economy bad, Free movies good

With the ever-growing economic nosedive on your mind, it might be nice to ease your nerves with a summer blockbuster — until you realize how much tickets and refreshments cost.

So instead of hitting the neighborhood megaplex, spend an evening with your family under the stars at Free Moonlight Movies at Liberty Hall Plantation in Goose Creek.

June 26 promises National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets to be featured on a huge movie screen. Popcorn will be provided and Mr. Koolie will be there with frozen treats. No alcohol is allowed. Depending on turnout, the filmings may become a regular event. The movie starts at 8 p.m., but bring your blanket or chairs early for the best seating. —Susan Cohen

People's Arts Center?

Yes, that's the ultimate goal of the Charleston Arts Coalition. The next panel discussion, to talk about how to make this all happen, will be July 1 at 7 p.m. at Theatre 99. Panelist will include Chris Price of PrimeSouth, Tripp Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates, and Jonathan Brilliant, a Charleston artist. For more, go to —John Stoehr

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