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Topic: Movies in the Night

Posted: 08-10-2005 12:49 AM

Kelly: I wish there were more outdoor theaters(not necessarily drive-in's mind you) that showed classic films during nice weather. How pricey would that run for anyway? Just a simple field, park, what have you, that has a basic screen. Everyone could bring their own blankets to sit on. Is it more expensive to show classic films? Or is there less of a classic film crowd? All I know is that I would die to see something like Casablanca in that kind of setting. It's been done before, as in the Wedding Planner w/Jennifer Lopez(not Casablanca though). They could even throw in a few twinkle lights on the surrounding trees, to create a better ambience(even romantic). Would anyone go to something like this? OR does anyone know where they might already have it?

Posted: 08-10-2005 10:17 AM

Barry: Flag Staff Hill or whatever its called in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, does something similar. Everyone brings their own blankets and they show a movie at night during nice weather, plus its free. However they are usually current movies being shown and not classics.

Posted: 08-10-2005 04:51 PM

Jon: Unfortunately classic films don't have nearly the draw that current ones do, as I think this would be a cool idea as well. They shouldn't be much more expensive to rent out prints of older films, however, it's probably a lot more difficult to track down surviving prints as well.

Posted: 09-13-2005 10:53 PM

Michelle: At the Hollywood Cemetary they screen classics, well, outside and amongst the remains of the stars who were in them. Los Angeles is just the weirdest, and the best.

Posted: 09-26-2005 12:39 AM

Becky: dudes, they should play the wizard of oz in a field, with the sounds off, with pink floyd's dark side of the moon playing. its f-ing awesome

Posted: 03-15-2006 04:24 PM

Paul: In cities with actual film communities -- you know, a substantial population of people who actually care about cinema -- there's numerous venues for retrospective, repertory, and revival programming. New York City, of course, has the greatest number, and then Los Angeles, and then perhaps Chicago, then San Francisco, and then Boston. I know that there are outdoor screenings during the summer in New York City, on at least one of the piers. I saw 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' in 16mm there back in 2001. Outdoor screenings of classics are more popular in Europe. A Greek friend of mine who spends his summers in Greece told me about a nightly series in Athens where he saw 'Paris, Texas,' the Wim Wenders movie. I think more drive-in theaters should revert to showing old drive-in movies, or at least Peter Bogdanovich's 'Targets.' It's just no thrill seeing a Lindsay Lohan movie at a drive-in.

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