Watching an outdoor movie in the evening has to be one of the great hallmarks of summer. It feels quaint and nostalgic; it feels like exactly what you should be doing on a warm summer nightsitting on blankets on a lush, grassy lawn with ice cream or a picnic dinner watching an old movie under the stars.
Well, I wish the weather was warmer last night, but I still enjoyed the outdoor film showing of Jaws, a 1975 Spielberg classic, and one in a series of Waterfront Flicks shown at Jack London Square on the East Lawn. Jack London offers wonderful city soundsthe whistle of the train as it rattles by, cranes at the Port of Oakland moving shipping containers in the distance, birds circling over the water, and the wind at your back.
Restaurants nearby offer specials, up to half off at some eateries, in collaboration with the outdoor cinema event. Enjoy trivia games and a raffle starting at 7:30 before the movie, the film starts at 8pm. Waterfront Flicks show two Thursdays a month for the duration of summer.
This series is an excellent alternative to the Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema Series that was discontinued last summer. Started as a way to revive foot traffic in Old Oakland, the series was so successful that they decided to relocate to another location in Oakland needing the same help. For everyone missing Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema Series, head on over to Jack London Square.
Next showing: Hook on June 25. You'll find me watching Splash featuring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah on August 20.
Source: "Waterfront flicks at Jack London Square" by Laura Wasserman -Oakland Examiner. Read full article at: http://www.examiner.com/x-12540-Oakland-Community-Examiner~y2009m6d12-Waterfront-flicks-at-Jack-London-Square?#comments