Outdoor MoviesProvide Free Fun
In this summer of economic discontent, near may be better than far, close to home better than the ends of the earth. So we offer 10 top-notch spots only a tank of gas away, or less, in the hope that they deliver adventure and escape, or at least a chance to soak in the sweet smells of the season.
Travel fantastic distances at local festivals, where indy efforts and international fare can transport you for an hour or two at a time. In Waterville, Maine, home to an opera house and the Railroad Square Cinema, the Maine International Film Festival runs July 10-19. In Rhode Island, venues across the state host films for the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which runs Aug. 4-9. www.miff.org, www.film-festival.org.
Starlight for a ceiling
Catch more movies in open air at the Wellfleet Drive-In, out at the end of the Cape. There's a double feature every night in stereo sound, and such tandems as "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Fast & Furious." Campers must park in back - the place opened in 1957, after all, when people drove up mostly in cars, even if they had bigger fins than now. And remember: no horns. Route 6, Wellfleet, www.wellfleetcinemas.com.
By Tom Haines