Basalt launches outdoor cinema series |

Basalt launches outdoor cinema series

Basalt's Summer Cinema Series opens Saturday with "The Princess Bride."
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If You Go …

What: ‘The Princess Bride’

When: Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m.

Where: Lions Park, Basalt

How much: Free

More info: Attendees should consider bringing folding chairs, blankets, small umbrellas and flashlights. Costumes are encouraged.


Basalt Summer Cinema Series

July 9, ‘The Princess Bride’

July 23, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Aug. 13, ‘Local Hero’

Aug. 27, ‘Dirty Dancing’

Sept. 10, ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Purple Rain’

Drive-in movie theaters may have long gone by the wayside, but Basalt is transforming Lions Park into a “walk-in” theater this summer with its new Basalt Summer Cinema Series.

The five-part inaugural outdoor movie series opens today with a free screening of the 1987 classic “The Princess Bride.” It will continue every second and fourth Saturday through Sept. 10, concluding with a David Bowie-Prince double feature of “Labyrinth” and “Purple Rain.”

Films will be shown on a 16-foot inflatable screen, with four outdoor speakers at each corner of Lions Park. The town invested $5,000 in equipment for the series. Gates will open at 7 p.m. for a pre-film community picnic with snacks and food trucks on site (picnic baskets and your own food also are welcome, though no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted). Beer, wine and refreshments will be on sale.

Screenings will begin after sunset.

The brainchild of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, the film series is aimed at a range of ages and interests — from the family-friendly “Princess Bride” to the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (July 23) and the feel-good “Local Hero” (Aug. 27) to the ’80s icon “Dirty Dancing” (Aug. 27).

“Movies have the great power to bring people together,” filmmaker and Basalt Chamber board member Haley Thompson said in the series announcement. “We hope lots of people will come out to enjoy movies under the stars and help us with future planning.”

Moving forward, Basalt boosters hope to expand the Cinema Series lineup with local premiere short films, open mics, student projects, musical performances, virtual-reality demos and more. They also plan to include screenings at Triangle Park at Willits and other locations.

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