Monday, July 15, 2013

Outdoor Movies - The Perfect Summer Night Activity

I love movies. Pretty much every kind of movie. I'll give almost any movie a chance, with the exception of some Schwarzenegger-type movies and a lot of really sappy ones- even though I love Ryan Gosling, I have no desire to watch "The Notebook". I also love different ways of watching movies, besides just sitting on my couch or at the local theatre spending $15. This is why I absolutely love the Redford Theatre, where they show classics in the beautiful restored setting of the old theatre giving you a chance to watch movies on the big screen that you otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to see. Another great way to watch a movie is outside. Drive-ins are so much fun and fiscally smart! Two for the price of one and you can bring your own snacks! That being said, you can see why I'm excited about a few metro Detroit cities that play movies outside for their residents. Clawson, Warren and Ferndale are just three that I know of. 

Starting this Thursday, the Ferndale DDA is bringing back their Get Reel Outdoor Movies program for its second season. They are kicking it off with "Mamma Mia!" As annoying as Abba can get, you kind of can't help but like some of their songs and Meryl Streep is pretty entertaining in this goofy role. Yes, the movie is a bit cheesy, but it should be a fun one to watch outside with a group of other people enjoying it. This movie is going to be special because the Detroit Actors Theatre Company will be joining for a sing-along. I don't care who you are, if you know "Dancing Queen", you know you're going to start singing it when you hear it. Or it will at least be stuck in your head for a week.

The outdoor movies are held on Vester Street, near Valentine Distilling, and start at dusk. They are always free and you can bring lawn chairs and food, but there is no alcohol or glass allowed. The movies will be held every third Thursday through September. The next one will be August 17 and they will be playing "Grease". The last movie has yet to be determined and they are looking for input from the people who come to watch. So if you have an idea, let them know! Happy outdoor movie watching!


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