Summer Films

I watch a lot of movies. Well, actually recently I’ve been watching a lot of really bad TV on DVD but I like to present myself as more of person who enjoys films. It makes me sound more educated and worth talking to. One of the benefits of being in a long distance relationship is that I have a lot of free time and I always get to pick the movie. No one is going to argue if I pick The Notebook for the millionth time or if I really want to sit all the way through Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump is kind of the like the Monopoply equivalent of a movie. It’s long as shit but pretty enjoyable if it’s raining outside and you have nowhere to go. 

Perhaps a little pathetically I have been anxiously awaiting the start of the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theater. It’s basically three months of film classics you have always loved or always wanted to see. If you’re willing to make a little investment up front you can buy a ten pack of tickets for $50. That’s $5 a ticket! Cheapo! 

Check out the schedule here. Join me!

But this is the not the only summer film series. Central Market, Whole Foods and Austin Parks also hold outdoor films throughout the summer. You have to love Austin, TX where grocery stores have movie nights. 

I’d love to go to a drive in movie theater but at $25 a car for Eastside Drive In, I think I’ll seek out other options. 

Welcome, summer!

Paramount Theater

When I was five, I had the chicken pox. It was terrible. I stayed out of school for over a week with nothing to do but take oatmeal baths, itch and watch movies. Since I couldn’t sleep, after only a few days I had watched all our movies twenty times each time. Each morning my dad went to Blockbuster and brought me a stack. Finally one day, he brought me home West Side Story. From the moment I heard the first snap of the fingers of a shark or a jet I was hooked. It was the only movie I watched the rest of the time I was sick. It was the start of a lifetime of love for classic films. Later when I was introduced to the bright, child-like innocence of Audrey Hepburn, the allure of Marilyn Monroe, the incredible sensual elegance of Grace Kelly, a few great names among many of their time.

And that is why I love The Paramount Theater. Their summer movie series features some of the greatest classic films you already knew and loved or were always told to see and other films you can’t understand why you’ve spent a life without. The theater is beautifully painted and the movies are reasonably priced. And when you watch Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant dance across the screen or sit through your first Orson Welles film, you are transported to a place so full of innocence and life that it is almost beyond the imagination and yet, it didn’t happen all that long ago.