Pittsburgh's Cinema in the Park entertains the entire family for free
The American cinema has three locales. The first is the theater, the space where most new films are shown on their initial run. The second is in the home, where last season's blockbusters are replayed on entertainment systems that attempt to recreate the movie-going experience on a much smaller scale. The third space, surprisingly enough, is outdoors.
Outdoor cinema has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years, as affordable sound systems and projectors have made the medium a cost-effective venture for local municipalities and do-it-yourself film enthusiasts to reclaim underused urban spaces. Long associated with drive-in theaters, outdoor cinema is now best understood as a uniquely urban experience, bringing diverse city residents together in an appreciation of popular film. In Pittsburgh, the ongoing Cinema in the Park seriessponsored by Dollar Bank and B94returns this summer with another round of popular films for the whole family, including WALL-E, Slumdog Millionaire, Mama Mia!, among others.
From previous experience, this blogger can testify that the best part about Cinema in the Park is the crowd it attracts. Looking out among the waves of people on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, one feels worlds away from a trip to a vacant theater at the local multiplex. Here is film the way it was meant to be experienced: spectacular and communal. Under the stars, the city's inhabitantswho have a tendency to retreat to the suburbs after 5:00 PMcome together at last for a night of entertainment.
If you're hoping to take part in Pittsburgh's Cinema in the Park series, you have plenty of opportunities to do so: the series will run from June 10th to August 24th at Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, East Liberty or West End/Elliott Overlook. For a complete list of show times and locations, see the Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation website.