Outdoor movies offer big screen for small price

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

This article in the Seminole Chronicle discusses some outdoor movie options this summer in the area.

Both Sanford and the University of Central Florida have created events that offer a movie on the big screen without the big price.

Both events are outdoors, offering a more relaxed atmosphere. And not only do you have more food options, but you can also bring your own food and drinks.

Sanford’s event is called Cinema in the Park. Once a month, the city plays a movie on a big screen in Park on Park in downtown. The movie and the popcorn are free. The event starts at 8:30 but is canceled in the event of rain.

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Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on July 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm


MPol on July 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Outdoor movies can be fun, but be sure to bring bug dope (insect repellent) for the occasion.

Our area, too, has outdoor films every summer, in various parks, or places downtown, for free.

Boston has a “Movies by Moonlight” program down at Rowes Wharf, where they show screenings of older classic films on the pier and serve food to anyone who wants it, every Friday night from late June through August/early September. I remember seeing West Side Story, and, seeing it outdoors, with the sounds and sights of the city in the background added a whole other dimension to this already-great movie/musical classic.

Somerville also has a Somermovie Fest, which also starts in late June and goes through August, showing various classic films every Thursday night, and it’s sponsored by Comcast cable. I saw WSS there too about 3 years ago, and, it too, was a neat experience, with the sights and sounds of the city added to it.

Lynch Park, up in Beverly, MA, which is about a half-hour north of Boston had outdoor movie programs, and I got to see West Side Story there too. It, too, was fun, even though the weather threatened to give out on us, but, thankfully, it held up.

While outdoor movies can be fun, the disadvantage is that if it rains or even threatens to rain, they often cancel the movies. (boo-hoo)

MPol on July 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

With most outdoor movie programs, one needs to bring his/her own chair and/or blankets, but that’s a small price to pay for an evening of fun.

KenLayton on July 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Are these film or video showings?

MPol on July 11, 2009 at 3:57 am

The outdoor films that I’ve seen, both at the Movies by Moonlight program at Rowes Wharf, and up in Beverly’s Lynch Park, are both DVD’s. Not entirely sure about the Somermovie Fest in Somerville, but my hunch is that they probably use a video or DVD film there, too.

carolgrau on July 11, 2009 at 4:09 am

Just keep on showing them, who knows maybe they will catch on again. Would be wonderfull.

AdrianEverett on July 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Virginia Beach has the same thing going for it. Mount Trashmore Park has a movie under the stars night run by The Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. They use film !

MPol on July 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm

They use film?? Really!? How cool! What movies have they shown so far, or what films are they planning for this summer’s program, AdrianEverett74? Just curious.

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