by Kirby Lindsay
What would bring 10,000 Zombies and a couple thousand Pretty In Pink prom dates to the same parking lot? The Fremont Outdoor Movies, of course! This summer Fremont will have Ghostbusters, Goonies, male model wannabees, movie madness and mild amounts of mayhem, all shown on the blacktop, at the base of Bergman and Bogart. The 2010 season kicked off on June 26th, with teenage vampires and Twilight: New Moon, and yet we still have seven weeks to go!
July 3rd – Dawn of the Dead
In addition to the movie, this is the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk. Featuring live music, the Thriller dance, and an attempt to win back the Guinness World Record (a music festival last fall in Ledbury, England broke Fremont’s record achieved last July 3rd – they got 4,026 and beat the registered number of 3,894 from here.) This year Ryan Reiter, organizer of the Outdoor Movies, hopes to have closer to 10,000 zombies – and has promised on-site help (with make-up and wardrobe) for those who want to release their inner zombie.
July 10th – Ghostbusters
The Coho Team of Windemere Real Estate buys out the Outdoor Movie each year, then donates all the money raised that night to a charity – this year they’ve chosen Solid Ground. As to the film choice, Reiter explained, “There are certain movies that never get old!”
July 17th – The Hangover
“The first time I watched it,” Reiter explained, “I didn’t really like it, but I watched it again with friends, and really liked it!” The original film is rated R, and Outdoor Movies doesn’t edit. This will be an adult audience, but Reiter can’t predict the turnout otherwise, “the crowd is pretty open as to who will be there.”
July 24th – Zoolander
Most Outdoor Movies involve pre-screening contests, and trivia questions best attempted by true fans. For this film – starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell – one feature will be the ‘Blue Steel Male Model Walk Off’ – and may the most beautiful, no-brainer contestant win!
July 31st – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
The Super 8s, a local orchestra, will perform the score to this classic black & white film. Shown ten years ago at the Outdoor Movies, Reiter has good reason to believe audiences are ready for another viewing.
August 7th – Pretty In Pink
Prom Night! Bring your date, your pink dress and a Duckie (if you are so lucky as to know one) but please, keep the hair low for people stuck sitting behind you. Before the film, Reiter will screen a short documentary, made before the death of John Hughes, on this director and writer of watershed Gen X films.
August 14th – The Goonies, 25th Anniversary Spectacular
Practice your Truffle Shuffle and bring the whole family down to pay tribute to, well, um, The Goonies. “I love that movie,” Reiter admitted, and what better way to spend a summer evening that introducing those unfamiliar to this fun adventure film.
According to Reiter, turnout traditionally drops off substantially after mid-August, so they’ve currently scheduled to finish the season on a ‘Goonie’ high. Also, sponsorships have become hard to come by, Reiter explained. “It costs about $1500 a night to run,” he said, “We ask for a $5 donation, to help keep this running.” The shorter season this year will hopefully make up for last year, when they didn’t show a profit.
Meanwhile, the current location of the Outdoor Movies on the U-Park lot - at Phinney Avenue North & North 35th Street - holds about 1,000 people. “We’re kind of growing out of our space,” Reiter admitted, as event films draw larger and larger crowds. They’ve begun a search for a larger venue for next year…
So, while it lasts, scrounge up five bucks, bring a good chair, don’t forget a warm blanket and bring your most comfortable friends down to view cinema under the stars. Fremont’s Outdoor Movies will be open for a few more weeks…don’t miss it!
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