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Joe Downtown: Special showing of ‘Ghostbusters’ in memory of star Harold Ramis

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In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters”. Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69.

There may be no better way to commemorate the life of comedic filmmaker and actor Harold Ramis than a showing of “Ghostbusters” at a downtown Las Vegas park.

Ramis, who died Monday at age 69, wrote the 1984 blockbuster with Dan Akroyd and starred as one of a group of ghost hunters at first ridiculed then sought out after ghosts invade New York City.

Much the same, downtown Las Vegas for years was the punchline to many Sin City jokes but now has become the focus of economic development in Clark County.

A free showing of “Ghostbusters” will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at Huntridge Circle Park, 1251 S. Maryland Parkway. Huntridge Circle has a few spots for parking with more available at the Huntridge Theater, one block north.

The Huntridge Neighborhood Association is joining with Zappos, InsideStyle and city officials to put on the event.

Coincidentally, Bill Murray, who starred in “Ghostbusters” with Ramis, will be in Las Vegas tonight at the Cleveland Clinic as a master of ceremonies for a benefit to support the Kerry Simon Comprehensive Clinic for MSA.

Simon, a well-known chef, has been battling multiple system atrophy, or MSA, a rare degenerative neurological illness.

As teens in Chicago, Murray and Simon worked together in a pizza restaurant.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover Downtown, he lives and works there. He is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded Downtown journalist, stationed at an office in Emergency Arts. His work appears in the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly.

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