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Smokey, Bandit to ride through Jonesboro again

City to screen 70s classic Saturday

JONESBORO — Clayton County residents will try to do Saturday what Mother Nature prevented them from doing earlier this year.

The Burt Reynolds film that is believed to be the first movie filmed in Clayton County will be screened for free this weekend in Jonesboro’s Lee Street Park. Yep, they’re going to show “Smokey and the Bandit,” the movie that froze mid-70s downtown Jonesboro forever in time as the town of Texarkana.

The movie was supposed to be screened at the park in May but that viewing was rained out.

The movie used several locations in Clayton County, including the several stretches of Jonesboro’s Main Street between Tara Boulevard and Church Street. The scene where Reynolds and Jerry Reed break into the Coors Beer warehouse was filmed at the corner of South Main and Church streets.

The building now known as the Arts Clayton Gallery was used for the warehouse. Other sites around Clayton County, including the old Mundy’s Mill, are also visible in the film. Locations in Forest Park and Riverdale were also used for the film.

The city will host a performance by the Faculty Grass bluegrass band at 6:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 8 p.m. The park is at the corner of Lee and Smith streets.