Fanwood Unveils New Inflatable Screen
A rainy but festive start kicked off Fanwood's summer movie series last week, but the skies were clear and spirits were high Tuesday night for the second free screening of the seasonand the grand unveiling of the town's new, 16-foot-inflatable screen.
The new screen was purchased last fall for the town's summer movie series and underwent a trial run at the Fanwood Halloween Parade. Residents had hoped to view the first film of the series on the new screen, but the weather did not cooperate, making Tuesday night's event its inaugural bow.
Dozens of families set up lawn chairs and blankets on La Grande Park's baseball field in front of the town's impressive, new screen which was positioned against the field's outfield fence. Children gathered snacks and ran barefoot on the grass, eagerly awaiting the dusk showing of Horton Hears a Who!, the film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' best-selling children's book.
When darkness finally fell and the projector clicked on, a hush came over the crowd and local residents could finally see what all the fuss has been about.
Many viewers commented that the whole experience was much improved over last year. The portable screen featured a much clearer picture and allowed for the new location, which accommodated more families, provided more room to spread out, and was more comfortable for blanket-viewers. Paired with Fanwood's upgraded speaker system that was purchased two years ago, residents noted that it truly provided a theater under the stars feeling.
Fanwood's free summer movie series takes place every Tuesday night, through August 18.
Fanwood Free Movie Festival
Tuesdays at dusk (8:30 p.m. in June and 8 p.m. toward the end of August)
Raindate on Wednesdays
La Grande Park, Fanwood
*Bring your own blanket or low beach chair
7/14 Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (rated G)
7/21 Kung Fu Panda (rated PG)
7/28 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (rated PG)
8/4 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (rated PG)
8/11 Bedtime Stories (rated PG)
8/18 Bolt (rated PG)
By Cindy Loh