Watch ‘The Butler’ at Riverfront Park Jan. 24

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Which one’s better – the book or the movie? Find out as January’s book-and-a-movie series takes a look at “The Butler.”

Forest Whitaker, far right, stars in “The Butler.’’ Next to him is Cuba Gooding Jr.

Forest Whitaker, far right, stars in “The Butler.’’ Next to him is Cuba Gooding Jr.

The movie will be shown at dusk Friday, Jan. 24, at Riverfront Park on the corner of Beach Street and Magnolia Avenue. Moviegoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be available for sale. In case of rain, the movie will be shown the following evening in the park.

A book discussion will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The film, based on the true story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades, traces the dramatic changes that swept American society from the Civil Rights movement to the post-Vietnam era, and how those changes affected the butler’s life and family.

Lee Daniels directs the film, which stars Forest Whitaker as the butler and Oprah Winfrey as his wife. Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, and James Marsden as John F. Kennedy round out the cast.

The free programs are sponsored by Cinematique, the Front Porch Friday Festival, the Daytona Beach Regional Library, and the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

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