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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: The Goonies

The next film on the Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time is The Goonies, the 1985 adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner and produced by Stephen Spielberg. Besides this film being loved by kids everywhere, there are several reasons why it made the Top 25 list, but before we tell you why, here’s the theatrical release trailer:

The Goonies follows a group of kids in Astoria Oregon, who are about to have their homes demolished by the local Astoria Country Club. They find an old pirate map that leads to the treasure of “One Eyed Willie”, and realize that if they find the treasure, they might be able to save their homes from destruction. They find the first coordinates match up with an old abandoned restaurant by the sea, and discover a cavern beneath the restaurant.

As they evade a criminal family who seems to also be after the treasure, they are chased further into the cavern. This sets off a series of booby-traps and close calls that make the movie fun and exciting, and will make your audience both laugh and shriek (but mostly laugh).

This movie is a really great pick for outdoor cinema. As with all the other movies on our Top 25 list, this movie is almost universally loved by everyone! Kids will really enjoy the film, and it will bring back some nostalgia for younger parents and those who were around when the film was released. There are plenty of pre-movie activities that could be done with Goonies. You could set up obstacle courses with prizes for kids who can complete the games, and you could hand out chocolate gold coins as treats for movie-goers. Again, this film will really draw a crowd, and you won’t regret screening it in your community.

If anyone screens this film, or has screened it in the past, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at community@openaircinema.us.

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Dayton, Oregon: Outdoor Movies One Component for a Drug-Free Community

The Dayton Together Coalition sponsors free outdoor movies on Friday evenings in July and August. This one took place on the lawn at the First Baptist Church.

No one would deny that helping people in immediate need, particularly children, should be a priority in every community. But helping people understand and change the behavior that caused the need in the first place is even more important in the long run.

That is the mission of the Dayton Together Coalition for a Drug-free Community. And the good work done in Dayton over the past several years has earned it well-deserved recognition.

Equally significant, these efforts have been rewarded by renewal of a federal Drug Free Communities grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. What’s more, the five-year grant, previously set at $100,000 per year, has been increased to $125,000.

Out of 417 cities across the country that applied or re-applied, only 161 were approved. Director Gil Kerlikowske, President Obama’s “drug czar,” commended the Dayton Coalition for “working tirelessly to prevent and reduce youth drug use.”

The coalition is staffed by Project Coordinator Jaime Turley, who came on board in 2004, and Community Resource Specialist Lorrie Flores, who was hired in 2006. Their primary partner is the Dayton School District, whose administrators and faculty members play vital, ongoing roles in promoting the program and assisting with implementation.

Strategies to increase citizen participation across all sectors of the local population include connecting with parents about substance abuse, reinforcing family bonds, building communication skills and increasing the quality of services.

The coalition’s “Be the Parent” campaign, Strengthening Families Program, Cultural Competency presentations, Wellness Town Hall meetings and in-school and after-school activities all contribute to achieving the desired results.

Environmental strategies focus on changing or eliminating conditions in the world around them that create an atmosphere conducive to youth substance abuse.

Turley said, “We’re being pro-active. Our environmental strategies include “shoulder tapping,” where youths approach adults about buying alcohol, then give a ‘law reminder’ card to those who agree and a ‘thank you’ card to those who turn them down.

“Our ‘Sticker Shock’ Campaign places sticker warnings on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic products that might appeal to underage drinkers.”

In addition, coalition members support OLCC undercover decoy stings where law enforcement cadets enter stores and attempt to purchase alcohol. A similar program is conducted for tobacco purchases.

They also advocate for stricter adult liability laws on the local level. Called social host ordinances, these provisions hold non-commercial individuals responsible for underage drinking on property they own, lease or otherwise control.

A most gratifying result of their efforts was recently announced by the state Department of Human Services.

The department’s Addictions and Mental Health Division set a goal for schools across the state of demonstrating that at least 70 percent of their 8th graders were free of substance abuse over a 30-day period. And Dayton Junior High was the only participating Yamhill Valley school to achieve it.

As much as the Dayton Coalition takes pride in the accomplishment, it recognizes that it is only one step on a long journey.

Current statistics show that by 13 years of age, 33 percent of youths have drunk alcohol, 26 percent have smoked marijuana and 14 percent have sniffed inhalants. Those are “sobering” realities, to be sure, but ones the coalition is trying to meet head-on.

Though studies to determine the extent of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse are still being conducted, that is a rapidly emerging concern.

Perhaps more than any other area of substance abuse, Turley and Flores consider clear and open communication between child and parent to be essential for prevention. “Perception of disapproval by parents is a powerful force,” Turley said.

Prescription and OTC drugs are the least understood and most accessible to young people, yet are also the easiest for adults to control.

With assured funding, the coalition will be able to do long-term planning designed to most effectively target key problem areas, conduct ongoing programs, hold meetings, produce printed materials, enhance Internet presence and even buy advertising.

In August, its event marking the 5th annual National Night Out was so well attended it ran out of free hamburgers and hot dogs half way through.

During the past year, members have hired translators to make Spanish-speaking sessions a weekly part of their “Be the Parent” and “Strengthening Families” programs.

“Children of immigrant families often become the primary communicators,” Flores said. “With this program, parents who don’t speak English well appreciate being included and regaining some control over the situation.”

Turley said, “I’m happy to say that the community is making great strides. People are becoming more aware of the issues and the potential consequences.

“They’re concerned. They’re watching out for one another and holding others accountable.”

She said, “Lorrie and I are very passionate about the issues, but we’re not prohibitionists. We just want parents to take responsibility and that means getting involved.”

And that’s what I found out while OUT and ABOUT – observing Dayton Together Coalition staff and supporters communicate an effective message to the local community.

Karl Klooster


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Roseburg, Oregon: Oregon Movies in the Park Going Strong

Movies in the park going strong, gaining audience

Outdoor Movies in Roseburg, OregonAnother big crowd showed at at the Stewart Park bandshell Saturday night, for the second of the Movies in the Park series.

The event is sponsored by US Cellular and the Roseburg Parks Department, with movies on weekends in June.

Even though the bandshell cover is not up yet after the storm damage a couple of weeks ago, the inflatable screen was set up on the bandshell pad.

The movie watchers gather on the bank with chairs and blankets to watch the movie just as they do for the Music on the Half Shell.

The movies start about 9:30 p.m., but there was a bit of a glitch on Saturday night because of the baseball game going on next door at Legion Field. The bright lights made it tough to see the movie until the lights were turned off.

Organizers say the crowd was bigger than the first night’s event.

There was face painting and snacks available, and some even did their own barbecues.

The Saturday night movie was E.T.

The next two movies will be on Friday nights at Stewart Park.

By Dan Bain
Source: http://www.kpic.com/news/local/48151267.html

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Portland, Oregon: Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series 2009

Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series 2009

Outdoor Movies in Portland, OregonFlicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series Presented by SmartPark

Pioneer Courthouse Square is happy to host another summer of outdoor movies at the Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series! The series begins on July 10th at dusk and continues until August 14th.

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This Summer’s schedule of Movies:
July 10th
July 24th
August 7th
August 14th Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Dirty Dancing
Jurassic Park

All movies begin at Dusk on the day scheduled.

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Portland Parks and Recreation Presents Outdoor Movies in the Park in Portland, Oregon

Outdoor Movies Presented by Portland Parks and RecreationPortland Parks and Recreation presents outdoor Movies in the Park this summer! These outdoor cinema events are great for the whole family, and best of all, they’re free! Movies begin at dark. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 PM so bring a picnic and enjoy!

Rain-outs will be called by 5:00 PM and posted at the park.

Thanks to our sponsors! X-BOX 360, K103 fm, 1190 KEX, Home Run Graphics, Metromint, Portland Parks Foundation.

Outdoor Film Schedule

Fri. July 3: Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaMultnomah Arts Center
Outdoor Movies in Portland, OregonFri. July 10: Kung Fu PandaBerkeley Park
Sat. July 11: School of RockLents Park
Fri. July 17: Space JamPier Park
Sat. July 18: Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D –Dickinson Park
Wed. July 22: HairsprayMcCoy Park
Thu. July 23: E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHolly Farm Park
Fri. July 24: Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaBrentwood Park
Sat. July 25: Dirty DancingColonel Summers Park
Mon. July 27: Singin’ in the Rain Laurelhurst Park
Wed. July 29: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (in Spanish, subtitled in English) –Fernhill Park
Thu. July 30: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities) –Argay Park
Fri. July 31: Zathura: A Space AdventureCathedral Park
Fri. July 31: Kung Fu PandaKenilworth Park
Sat. Aug. 1: ShrekEarl Boyles Park
Outdoor Cinema in Portland, OregonSun. Aug. 2: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSellwood Park
Tue. Aug. 4: Charlotte’s WebGlenfair Park
Thu. Aug. 6: Ferris Bueller’s Day OffBrooklyn Park
Fri. Aug. 7: HairsprayWillamette Park
Fri. Aug. 7: X-Men Origins: WolverineMultnomah Arts Center
Sat. Aug. 8: CoralineDickinson Park
Mon. Aug. 10: CasablancaLaurelhurst Park
Thu. Aug. 13: Hotel for DogsGrant Park
Fri. Aug. 14: The Wizard of OzLaurelhurst Park
Fri. Aug. 14: The Tale of DespereauxSt Johns Park
Sat. Aug. 15: School of RockSewallcrest Park
Sat. Aug. 15: Iron ManLents Park
Wed. Aug. 19: X-Men Origins: WolverineMcCoy Park
Thu. Aug. 20: High School Music 3: Senior Year (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities) –Parklane Park
Outdoor Movies Presented by Portland Parks and Recreation, OregonFri. Aug. 21: Iron ManIrving Park
Sat. Aug. 22: Blue HawaiiWashington Park
Wed. Aug. 26: The LongshotsPeninsula Park
Wed. Aug. 26: One Night in FrogtownSellwood Park
Thu. Aug. 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlHazeltine Park
Fri. Aug. 28: Mamma Mia! (Sing Along) –Washington Park
Sat. Aug. 29: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullLaurelhurst Park
Tue. Sept. 1: CasablancaDeNorval Unthank Park
Fri. Sept. 11: The Neverending StoryMultnomah Arts Center

Source: Portland Parks and Recreation -http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?a=248976&c=50362.

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Roseburg, Oregon: Outdoor Movies in the Park Gather Friends and Family in Roseburg, Oregon

Photo Credit: Chelsea Duncan/The News-Review

Photo Credit: Chelsea Duncan/The News-Review

Jodi Rynearson remembers growing up in Roseburg when there weren’t all that many wholesome activities for youngsters. That’s why she was so excited to hear about Movies in the Park and its family-friendly approach to entertainment. The outdoor movies in Roseburg are a great family-friendly activity and fun for both children and adults.

“It is probably the most wonderful idea that they’ve had since I was a kid,” Rynearson said Saturday evening at Stewart Park, where she and friends laid blankets over wet grass and waited for the outdoor cinema showing of “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”

She wanted to check out the scene before bringing her two young children. With the event now wholeheartedly mom-approved, she plans to bring them this Saturday, when the event sponsored by U.S. Cellular and the Roseburg Parks & Recreation Division will feature “E.T.”

Rynearson and others agreed the free outdoor film event offers the perfect opportunity for those on tighter budgets these days.

Wanda Bovee of Roseburg said she and her boyfriend, Khris Hughes, haven’t been able to get out of the house much lately due to financial constraints. Bovee heard about Movies in the Park and told Hughes they were going out. “I just asked if you want to get out of the house for a couple hours,” Bovee said, “and it’s free.”

The evening also included performances by the KCD Dance Studio and the Umpqua Singers, along with face-painting, free soda and popcorn, and animals from Wildlife Safari. Sherrie Langston of Roseburg came to the open air cinema with her two granddaughters. The girls, she said, were excited about the chance to watch a movie under the stars for a change.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Duncan/The News-Review

Photo Credit: Chelsea Duncan/The News-Review

“They can run around,” she said. “They’re not confined to sitting in a chair and being quiet.”

Steven Gillen, a field marketing manager for U.S. Cellular, was impressed with the turnout, calling it just shy of the number of people drawn by the well-established Movies in the Park in Medford. Even the cloudy sky and cool breeze didn’t stop a couple of hundred folks from catching the show. “I was a little leery driving up,” Gillen said of the weather.

Roseburg Parks and Recreation Program Manager Barbara Taylor and department coordinator Val Ligon were also happy to see so many people spread out in front of the giant inflatable screen used to display the outdoor movie. Earlier in the evening, they estimated about 250 people had arrived, but as darkness fell and the movie was about to start, Ligon estimated the audience had grown to about 500.

“I think it’s going to get bigger and bigger each week,” Ligon said.

For information about Movies in the Park, visit the city’s Web site at www.ci.roseburg.or.us.

Source: “Roseburg’s Movies in the Park draws hundreds” by Chelsea Duncan -The News-Review. Read full article at: http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090608/NEWS/906089986/1063/NEWS&ParentProfile=1055#comments.

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Roseburg, Oregon: Outdoor Movies in the Park Will Continue Despite Weather Delays

Despite weater damages to the outdoor cinema, the outdoor Movies in the Park will continue as planned. Photo Credit: Robin Loznak

Despite weather damages to the outdoor cinema, the outdoor Movies in the Park will continue as planned. Photo Credit: Robin Loznak

The show will go on. That’s the Movies in the Park event planned for Saturday night at Stewart Park in Roseburg. Despite damages caused by inclement weather, the outdoor movies are scheduled to screen as planned.

Or at least as long as the weather cooperates.

The city is in the process of replacing a electrical transformer at the Nichols Band Shell that got mangled in the windstorm that whipped through the city Tuesday, Parks and Recreation Program Manager Barbara Taylor said this morning.

So the first Movies in the Park is set to be shown Saturday. Family-friendly entertainment will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell. An outdoor cinema showing of the movie “Madagascar II: Escape to Africa” will follow, at about 9:30 p.m.

The pre-movie entertainment will include the Umpqua Singers and dancers from KCD Studio. Face-painting, the Pixel Magic Machine and animals from Wildlife Safari will be there.

The outdoor film event, sponsored by U.S. Cellular and the city, is free. Free popcorn and soda will be available. Pets and alcohol are not allowed in the park. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

This morning, Taylor said the showing, like all planned showings, is still dependent on the weather. That is because the inflatable screen and DVD equipment could be damaged by winds or rain.

“If there’s winds or rain or a chance of it,” the movie will not be shown, she said. If the show is canceled, the city plans to put a message to that effect on the Movie Hotline, 580-9498.

It could be awhile, however, before the band shell’s trademark canvas covers the Stewart Park stage, Taylor said. The canvas and frame also were damaged in Tuesday’s windstorm.

She estimated it will be about three weeks before a new one arrives from a Canadian company. “I don’t know if it’ll make it to the first (Music on the Half Shell),” she said.

The summer concert series kicks off June 23. But the Half Shell performances are set to go on as planned.

Taylor said she spoke to Bob Cotterell, a Half Shell organizer. “He’s already got canopies and backdrops for as many Half Shells as we have.”

At this point, the city estimates the windstorm caused about $30,000 of damage, Taylor said.

Source: “Movies in the Park will be shown as planned” by Kathy Korengel -The News-Review. Read full article at: http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090605/NEWS/906059975/1063/NEWS&ParentProfile=1055.

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Portland, Oregon: Summer Arrives With Free Outdoor Movies

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Summer in Portland, Oregon means one thing: sunshine. And during the summer, people go crazy for outdoor activities and events like hiking, parades, and outdoor movies. The following is an insider’s guide to Portland’s outdoor cinema scene; everything you need to catch your movies under the stars this summer.

The city where I live, Portland, Oregon, is known for being rainy. Like, ten months out of the year. So when July and August arrive the town goes a little crazy.

It’s as if no one’s ever seen sun before. The citizens madly scurry about like hyperkinetic beavers, painting their houses, filling potholes, constructing new buildings, and generally creating noise and congestion everywhere. Not a weekend goes by without some major thoroughfare being shut down for a parade, a walk to benefit a popular disease, a “fun run” (two words that just don’t go together in my mind), a street fair, or a multicultural hoe-down featuring local blues bands and patchouli-scented hippies on bicycles.

In other words, summer here sucks.

There’s one shining exception, though: Summer means free outdoor movies. It’s become quite the vogue, in Portland and elsewhere, to project films out-of-doors, and each year my city is awash in free open air cinema screenings. Theater attendance may be down, but it would seem that people still love to watch a free movie under the stars with their butt crammed into a lawn chair.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular nights for outdoor films. This can lead to scheduling conflicts, especially if you have a fetish for family-friendly fare. Last year, for example, Bee Movie was shown at Holly Farm Park on the same night that The Goonies — a perennial local favorite, because it was shot here in Oregon — was playing downtown in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with the suburbs offering (oh dear lord, no) Daddy Day Camp. If you’re scouting out free flicks to take in with your kids, the best way to choose one is to simply figure out what’s closest to your house. Unless it’s Daddy Day Camp, in which case you’d have more fun staying home, locked in your dark basement, smacking yourself in the head with a rock.

Other nights, the choices are a little tougher. The Wizard of Oz or Shane? Hairspray or The Princess Bride? Dirty Dancing or Enchanted?

As I’m both a lover of movies and perpetually broke, the idea of gratis outdoor films delights me. But just because you don’t have to buy a ticket, that doesn’t mean they don’t come with a cost. Hell, even free, some aren’t worth the price — you couldn’t pay me to watch The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep again under any circumstances, much less while swatting mosquitoes.

But the inconveniences are sometimes more than worth it. The suburb where I live just released their summer movie schedule, and among the offerings are Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Kung Fu Panda, and Wall-E. I may even head to the park for Journey to the Center of the Earth. I’ve never seen a 30-foot-tall Brendan Fraser in a city park in 3-D before. Now that’s worth the price of admission.

Source: “Summer, the Season of Free Outdoor Movies” by Dawn Taylor -Cinematical.com. Read full article at: http://www.cinematical.com/2009/05/05/summer-the-season-of-free-outdoor-movies/.

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Beaverton, Oregon: Locals Vote for Outdoor Movies at Beaverton's "Flicks by the Fountain"

Outdoor Movies in Beaverton, OregonCast your vote for the outdoor movies that will be screened at this summer’s Flicks by the Fountain powered by Comcast. Flicks by the Fountain, Beaverton’s annual family-friendly, outdoor film series will be held each Friday in August at Beaverton City Park, across from the Beaverton City Library.

“Flicks by the Fountain is a great opportunity to bring the entire family out and get to know your neighbors while enjoying a family-friendly movie,” said Mayor Denny Doyle.

Voters may choose a movie from each of four categories–Comedy, Classic/Musical, Adventure, and Animated/Family–either online by clicking here or by calling (503) 526-2559 to vote or request a paper ballot. Flicks by the Fountain votes must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Final movie selections will be announced in the Your City newsletter this summer. All movies are rated NR (not rated) or PG (parental guidance suggested). Only one vote per person or email address will be accepted. All movies will begin at sunset with fun, interactive pre-show activities presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission starting at 8 p.m.

Presented by Comcast, Flicks at the Fountain is sponsored by the City of Beaverton and Bank of the West. For more information about Flicks by the Fountain and other events, please contact the Neighborhood Program at (503) 526-3706.


Daddy Day Care (PG, 92 min.) Kicking and Screaming (PG, 95 min.) Little Giants (PG, 102 min.) My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding (PG, 95 min.) Evan Almighty (PG, 90 min.)

Singin’ in the Rain (NR, 102 min.) Hairspray (PG, 117 min.) Matilda (PG, 93 min.) Little Rascals (PG, 82 min.) Rebel without a Cause (NR, 111 min.)

Ghost Busters (PG, 107 min.) Jumanji (PG, 104 min.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG, 87 min.) The Waterhorse, Legend of the Deep (PG, 111 min.) Journey to the Center of the Earth (PG, 92 min.)

Kung Fu Panda (PG, 92 min.) Open Season (PG, 99 min.) Flushed Away (PG, 90 min.) Madagascar 2 (PG, 89 min.) Shrek the Third (PG, 92 min.)

Source: AM 1360 KUIK Westside Talk Radio. Read full article here: http://www.kuik.com/Article.asp?id=1261862&spid=.

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Roseburg, Oregon: Outdoor Movies in the Park Comes to Roseburg

Outdoor Movies Come to Roseburg, OregonFamilies can gather around the big screen this summer for some family-oriented entertainment — around a really big screen at Stewart Park in Roseburg. After months of negotiation and detailed planning, outdoor movies are officially coming to the city of Roseburg.

A month-long outdoor Movies in the Park program will kick off on June 6, said Bruce Kehe, a public relations consultant for U.S. Cellular.

This is the first time Roseburg will host the outdoor cinema event, which U.S. Cellular offers at no charge to various cities it serves, including Medford and Pendleton.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone in the city to connect and enjoy a little bit of Hollywood for free,” said Mayor Larry Rich, according to a news release. “Following on the success of the Movies in the Park in other communities across the Northwest, we wanted to work with U.S. Cellular to bring the same excitement and family atmosphere to our residents.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing everyone in the community together for free family-friendly entertainment,” said Heather Owens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oregon.

As part of the arrangement, U.S. Cellular provides a large, inflatable movie screen, equipment and the movies. The city provides the space and electricity.

The outdoor films will be shown starting at dusk June 6 and June 13, both Friday nights, and on June 19 and June 26, both Saturdays, according to a news release. Kehe said the movies are all “family-appropriate movies that are a mix of newer and older releases.” They all are rated G or PG.

Various pre-show activities will start at 7:30 p.m., said Barbara Taylor, the city’s Parks and Recreation Program manager, this morning.

Although details are still being pinned down, the entertainment will be geared toward youth and include things such as face painting and performances by local children’s dance troupes.

Taylor said the city will be setting up a hot line for people to call to find out the movie titles and the entertainment for each week as well as posting the information about the outdoor movie events on its Web site.

The outdoor movies are open to all ages and families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, along with food and drink to the park. Alcohol is not permitted.

The city also is working to provide free popcorn and soda pop, Taylor said. The local Pepsi distributor is donating Pepsi products. The city is looking for businesses willing to sponsor providing popcorn for the outdoor movie nights. They may call Taylor at 440-1188 for more information.

U.S. Cellular has offered Movies in the Park in Medford; Pendleton; Kennewick, Wash.; and in cities in Kansas and Missouri. This year it will start offering them in Ashland too.

Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation’s fifth-largest, full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country.

Source: “Movies in the Park comes to Roseburg” by Kathy Korengel -News Review Today. Read full article at: http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090401/NEWS/904019918/1063/NEWS&ParentProfile=1055&title=Movies%20in%20the%20Park%20comes%20to%20Roseburg.

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Roseburg, Oregon: Outdoor Movies on an Inflatable Screen to Come This Summer to Roseburg, Oregon

Outdoor Movies in Roseburg, OregonResidents may soon be able to view free, family-geared outdoor movies on the silver screen this summer, possibly at Stewart Park. Or more precisely, on a big, inflatable screen. That’s a goal Roseburg Parks and Recreation Program Manager Barbara Taylor and the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission have their eyes on. The Parks and Recreation is beginning to make concrete plans to make outdoor cinema events a reality for the Roseburg community. Tentative plans include the outdoor films to be shown during the month of June. Movies under the stars is a great family-friendly event and a perfect activity for a warm summer night.

Although nothing is finalized, Taylor has been talking to representatives of U.S. Cellular about putting on such family-friendly flicks here. The city is eager to proceed with the outdoor movie events on an inflatable movie screen.

“It looks like we’ll be able to do it,” she said, cautiously. “But we still haven’t signed an agreement,” she emphasized. She hopes that will be finalized by about mid-March.

“It’s still in the planning stage and no contract has been signed,” echoed Bruce Kehe, a public relations consultant for Chicago-based U.S. Cellular, in a phone interview. Kehe said the company works with cities in Oregon, Washington, Kansas and Missouri to put on the outdoor movie programs.

“I think the company has a great commitment to the communities it serves. This is just part of that,” he continued, “bringing people together in the summer and enjoying some great city facilities and having a great time together.”

Taylor got the idea for the free outdoor film fest after hearing the cities of Medford and Pendleton present such programs, with the help of U.S. Cellular. “It sounded like it would be a fun thing to bring to Roseburg,” she said.

U.S. Cellular provides the equipment, including an outdoor projector, a big, inflatable screen and the movies. The city provides the site and electricity.

Taylor said the films could be newer or older releases, but all would have G or PG ratings.

Along with finalizing a contract, organizers are still pinning down where and when the outdoor movies might be shown. The timing depends partly on the fact the city would be sharing the equipment with Medford and Pendleton, which show their films in July and August.

For now, Taylor said the city is shooting for showing the films once a week in June. The city and U.S. Cellular also have been talking about starting the Movies in the Park program on a trial basis the first year “to see how it goes, to see if there’s interest here or there’s not,” she said.

At its last meeting, the parks commission considered various parks in which to feature the flicks, but is partial to showing them at the Nichols Band Shell at Stewart Park. Another piece of the puzzle is finding family-friendly entertainment to appear two hours before the outdoor movie show, Taylor said. Although nothing has been lined up, that could range from dancers from local kids’ dance troupes to those adept at making balloon creations to “possibly animals from Wildlife Safari,” she said.

As for refreshments, businesses in other communities have sponsored and provided free popcorn and soda pop. Roseburg will be looking for businesses here to do the same. The city also will be looking for volunteers to help with tasks such as setting up and taking down equipment on nights when the movies are shown.

The parks commission has directed Taylor to try to sign a contract with U.S. Cellular. Before an outdoor movie can flicker on an inflatable screen, the City Council will have to agree to extend the open hours at whichever park hosts the program.

Taylor said she’s mentioned the Movies in the Park idea to people in the community. “There seems to be a lot of interest and enthusiasm from folks,” she said. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to get the signed contract so we can have it.”

• You can reach reporter Kathy Korengel at 957-4218 or by e-mail at kkorengel@nrtoday.com.

Source: “Movies in the Park program could come to Roseburg” by Kathy Korengel -The News Review. Read full article at: http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090218/NEWS/902189954/1063/NEWS&ParentProfile=1055&title=Movies%20in%20the%20Park%20program%20could%20come%20to%20Roseburg.

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Portland Oregon: Multnomah Outdoor Cinema Presents Outdoor Movies in Portland, Oregon

Outdoor Movies in Multnomah, OregonSo, the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema kicks off another season tonight with a showing of “Men in Black”. Just like last year, it looks to be a hot night coming up, so if you can’t sleep – might as well head on into the village and catch an outdoor movie.

Good film schedule this year – I’m definitely going to head up the hill for “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” next month, although there’s still no “Babe”. And attention Gabriel Park LARPers – “The Princess Bride” is coming up in August.

Here’s the info!

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is excited to announce the return of the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema! Come join us on the courts of the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy) for another season of FREE outdoor movies starting with First Friday in June. That’s just around the corner folks, so mark your calendars now for an fabulous season of great summer flicks!!!

Gates open at 8:15; Movies start at Dusk

Snack Shack is Back!
The MOC Snack Shack will be open for business again this summer, serving up our popular Bottomless Bag of popcorn and other sweet snacks. The lowest concession prices you’ll find!

Volunteer with the Cinema!
If you’d like to share your community spirit and support the cinema for 1 night or the entire 4-night season, we’d love to have your help. Please see our website for more information about volunteer opportunities or contact Jessica (multnomahoutdoorcinema@yahoo.com). Also, if you have a talent that you’d like to contribute to the cinema, please let us know!

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Multnomah Outdoor Cinema – Free community entertainment and fun for all!
MOC is a joint community building initiative of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association and Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. with support from numerous community partners and businesses.

And thanks to the major efforts of Jessica Wade, this is now a grant-supported community activity, so we’re not a risk of losing money by holding this great community activity. I went to most of the movies last year and had a great time. Spent about $50 on snow cones… Think if I volunteer to dish them up, I’d be able to get away with eating on the job?

Source: The Multnomah Villager blog- http://www.multnomahvillager.com/blog/category/events/multnomah-outdoor-cinema/

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Portland, Oregon: Outdoor Movies Take Portland, Oregon by Storm

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Photo Credit: Nathan Harrison

Outdoor movie events have taken Portland, Oregon by storm. Each summer, outdoor movies are shown in parks and other outdoor areas in and around Portland. With our handy guide to free outdoor movies, drag the kids to five showings of Bee Movie. If they still like it, pray they get stung. Who needs fireworks when you can relive the drive-in days with nary a penny spent?

Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series Presented by SmartPark

Pioneer Courthouse Square was happy to host another season of outdoor movies this past summer at the Flicks on the Bricks Outdoor Movie Series! The series began on July 25th at dusk and continued every Friday until August 15th. Schedule for next summer will be released closer to the date. For an idea of what movies are shown, here is this summer’s list:

July 25th The Goonies
August 1st The Birdcage
August 8th Ghost Busters
August 15th National Lampoon’s Vacation

Multnomah Outdoor Cinema

Organizers for the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema series announced the confirmed schedule for this summer’s family-friendly neighborhood event.

The movies, which will begin at dusk, will be free and open to the public. The large screen will be set up on the covered basketball courts at the Multnomah Arts Center; gates will open at 8 p.m.

As arranged through the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, the MOC season will play the following movies.

• Men in Black (1997). Featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

• Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Featuring Matthew Broderick.

•The Princess Bride (1987). Featuring Carry Elwes and Robin Wright Penn.

• School of Rock (2003). Featuring Jack Black. (Possible pre-movie youth band performance.)

For the last two summers, the Multnomah Neighborhood Association has presented the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema on Friday nights in the Village.

On June 6, Jessica Wade, organizer for the MOC and secretary for the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, met with Michael Walsh, newly appointed executive director at the Multnomah Arts Center, staff member Aime Kelly, and Jeff Milkes and Juliet Hicks from Portland Parks and Recreation.

As a result of this meeting, the Multnomah Outdoor Cinema will now be supported by Portland Parks and Recreation’s “Big Screen on the Green: Movies in the Park” program.

For a city-wide schedule, visit: http://www.portlandonline.com/ONI/index.cfm?a=197469&c=29385.

For more information on the MOC, visit www.multnomahoutdoorcinema.org

Flicks by the Fountain

Flicks by the Fountain is an outdoor movie series that is held in Beaverton City Park (across the street from the Beaverton City Library).

Every August movies are shown at Beaverton City Park (located across the street from the Beaverton City Library) on an inflatable movie screen that measures approximately 50 wide by 30 feet tall. This movie series is becoming quite popular, and attendance has reached as much as 1,500 people for one event! This is a free event for the community, with plenty of parking and plenty of seating (Hall Blvd. is closed for this event and the movie is still easy to see and hear from in front of the Library).

Additional information regarding the Flicks by the Fountain events to help you plan better for your evening out:

* The fountain at Beaverton City Park will be turned off ALL DAY on the days of the movies
* Pre-movie entertainment will begin at 8 p.m.
* Movies will begin at dusk (depending on the date and the cloud cover, dusk ranges from about 8:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.).
* Food and drink will be for sale at the events.
* You may bring your own food and beverages from home.
* The event is free.
* Please leave your pets at home.
* Please leave your alcohol at home.
* Please no smoking allowed.
* Low back chairs and blankets are recommended (elevated chairs and high back chairs will be allowed, but people with these items will be asked to locate in designated areas).
* Convenient parking is located next to the Library and in the parking lot where the Farmers Market is held.
* Convenient restroom facilities are located in the park.
* Weather Conditions: Please note that the event will be cancelled if there is rain or lightning.

Thank you for your interest in this event. If you have any questions regarding Flicks by the Fountain, please call (503) 526-3706.

Read full article at: http://www.wweek.com/wwire/?p=12406

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Salem, Oregon: Find Fun With Outdoor Movies

Find Fun with Cinema Outdoors in Salem, OregonA family of four going out for an evening to watch a movie at a theater, including dinner or snacks, quickly can add up to as much as $80.

With more people trying to save money, finding inexpensive ways to have fun and be entertained can help keep costs down.

Despite the excitement of opening night of a blockbuster film, families and couples who wait it out and see the flick at a second-run movie theater can pay less than half the price — or even have dinner to go with the movie.

At the second-run movie theater Northern Lights Theatre Pub, the movies are not the latest to hit the big screen, but people can enjoy dinner and a movie at reasonable prices. All ticket prices are $3 and the dinner menu has options ranging from $3.50 to $8.

“Not only does it save you money because it’s cheaper, but you can do it all in one place,” said Michelle Day, office manager for Northern Lights on Commercial Street SE.

The theater has seen an increase in business during the past few weeks, Day said.

“A lot of people purposely wait for us to get the movies,” Day said.

If people don’t want to spend any money watching a movie, but still want to get out of the house, there are movies- in-the-park options.

For the first time, a Summer Outdoor Family Film Series is being held at Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Salem. Residents can head to the park with blankets, picnic baskets or chairs, and for free, watch a movie together.

The 24-by-13-foot inflatable screen can be seen from anywhere in the Amphitheater, said Becky George, recreation coordinator for Salem Department of Community Services.

“It’s like going to the drive-in,” George said. People can arrive as early as 7:30 p.m., but the movie doesn’t start until dusk.

Some local businesses, including Town & Country Lanes on River Road N in Keizer, have teamed up with other nearby establishments to develop entertainment packages that save people from having to drive too far and spend too much on a night out.

“We’re trying to combine services to serve the community,” said Mardi Smith, promotions coordinator for Town & Country.

Smith said she wanted to find a way to get families together and keep things inexpensive, so she contacted Domino’s Pizza and Hollywood Video on River Road N to develop what is called “Bowling, Movie and Pizza Night Easy as 1, 2, 3 on River Road.”

The promotion is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, when patrons who bowl at least three games get free shoe rentals and if they order a large three-topping pizza from Domino’s, it will be delivered to the lanes for$10. The pizza regularly is priced at $18.99. People also can get a rent-one-get-one-free coupon for the Hollywood Video down the street.

“If we partner more in the community, we can help each other,” Smith said.

Hanging out in local parks is a sure way to inexpensive entertaining. There, the mind is the limit concerning how to have fun.

Having a day-care service with as many as 10 children per day keeps Mary Hawkins, who lives in West Salem, constantly on the lookout for cheap ways to keep the kids amused.

Taking them to places such as the West Salem Park splash fountain certainly did the trick last week when the weather was warmer.

Creativity is key for Hawkins, who has the children do scavenger hunts in area parks, play games and take walks on wildlife trails.

“I’m constantly looking for ways to save a buck or two,” Hawkins said.

On her downtime, Hawkins said, she enjoys spending time at home in her campground-style backyard. Because gas prices went up, she sold the RV she regularly drove to Detroit Lake State Park and set up her backyard as a camping experience. Complete with a four-person green canvas tent, fire pit and barbecue grill, it allows Hawkins to go camping at her leisure and spend time with her family without spending money on gas or park fees.

She also walks around more and goes to free events such as First Wednesday in downtown Salem.

With the economy the way it is, Hawkins is a firm believer in making do with what she has.

“You have to brighten up your own little environment,” Hawkins said. “It’s all about using your imagination.”

Irene Bernards, tourism marketing and public-relations director for Salem Convention and Visitors Association, said the economic downturn is a good opportunity for people to reconnect with their families by exploring their community.

“I think people think they know the Salem area,” Bernards said, adding that if people have some extra time and not a lot of money, they should get out and see what the community has to offer.

By Elida S. Perez • Statesman Journal

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Beaverton, Oregon: Outdoor Movies by the Fountain

Outdoor Movies in Beaverton City ParkEvery August movies are shown at Beaverton City Park (located across the street from the Beaverton City Library) on an inflatable movie screen that measures approximately 50 wide by 30 feet tall. This movie series is becoming quite popular, and attendance has reached as much as 1,500 people for one event! This is a free event for the community, with plenty of parking and plenty of seating (Hall Blvd. is closed for this event and the movie is still easy to see and hear from in front of the Library).

Additional information regarding the Flicks by the Fountain events to help you plan better for your evening out:

  • The fountain at Beaverton City Park will be turned off ALL DAY on the days of the movies
  • Pre-movie entertainment will begin at 8 p.m.
  • Movies will begin at dusk (depending on the date and the cloud cover, dusk ranges from about 8:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.).
  • Food and drink will be for sale at the events.
  • You may bring your own food and beverages from home.
  • The event is free.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Please leave your alcohol at home.
  • Please no smoking allowed.
  • Low back chairs and blankets are recommended (elevated chairs and high back chairs will be allowed, but people with these items will be asked to locate in designated areas).
  • Convenient parking is located next to the Library and in the parking lot where the Farmers Market is held.
  • Convenient restroom facilities are located in the park.
  • Weather Conditions: Please note that the event will be cancelled if there is rain or lightning.
  • Thank you for your interest in this event. If you have any questions regarding Flicks by the Fountain, please call (503) 526-3706
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