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.
I love, love, love outdoor movies. This may be one of my top favorite things in the world to do. Wanna go to the drive-in? Yes, please. Wanna throw a blanket down at the park with a picnic while we watch … pretty much anything? Count me in. And Austin’s summer seems to embrace this in its entirety, for free. I’ve started my summer outdoor movie watching with a classic, Casablanca, which I viewed in Republic Square Park with two lovely ladies and a stupidly enormous amount of food. Although I’ve seen Casablanca several times and always enjoyed it, I’ve never loved it… until I watched it outside. Everything is more epic outside. You’re getting the big screen experience but in a relaxed environment where no one cares in you talk a little, drink a lot and bring in your own food. Movie theaters close you off so you can get the full experience, so you will think of nothing but the scenes that play before you. Outside movies draw you in but you remain conscious all the while of the world around you. Neither is particularly better than the other but more me, outdoor movies combine the best of all possible worlds: the pleasant evening air, picnics, friends and movies.
I’ll be watching movies outside all summer courtesy of Central Market, Whole Foods, and Austin Parks & Recreation; brought to me by Alamo Drafthouse. To join me check out the listings in the Austin Chronicle. (I love Austin, a place where even the grocery store puts on outdoor movies! For Free!!)