We at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty hope that you have been enjoying your summer, and taking advantage of some of the seasonal activities and events currently happening in your community. Taking in an outdoor film in the park, perhaps while picnicking with some friends, is one great way to spend a pleasant summer evening, and even better is when the film qualifies as a bona fide blockbuster. With summer being the traditional time of year for Hollywood’s largest spectacles, movie buffs will be delighted to learn that many of the classics are being presented in park, beach and other outdoor settings throughout Fairfield County and Litchfield County this month and next. All of the screenings begin at sunset, and are free and open to the public. If you are looking for a fun idea for a summer outing, we are happy to help you mark your calendar with some upcoming outdoor movie dates.
Stamford, Connecticut, wisely chose to go with the ultimate director and producer of big summer films in its “Spielberg at Sunset” series, held downtown on the east side of the beautiful Mill River Park, at Mill River and West Broad streets. On Tuesday, September 3, the well-loved 1980s pirate treasure movie The Goonies will be the next featured film, with a live DJ kicking the evening off at 6:30pm. The popular series, held by the Miller River Collaborative and the Avon Theatre, has been running all summer, with earlier entries including Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Gremlins and Jaws. The Goonies was also just shown in Norwalk at the family film series held on Shady Beach, near Calf Pasture Beach, with The Muppets still to come on August 17 and Oz: The Great and Powerful on August 24. Children’s games and face painting are also included among the night’s activities. In Brookfield, filmgoers have the opportunity to enjoy a drive-in experience, with Brookfield Parks and Recreation showing Madagascar 3 on August 23 on the grounds of the Town Hall.
An assortment of other interesting films can be seen this summer as well. On August 24, the Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn classic Charade will screen in Greenwich’s Binney Park and Finding Nemo will screen in the parking lot of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fairfield. The 2013 Italian Film Festival in Bridgeport will show Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on August 16 and Carosello Napoletano on August 23 at the Watermark at 3030 Park Ave. The film Hotel Transylvania can be seen on August 15 at the Municipal Center in Bethel, and again on August 16 at Squantz Pond in New Fairfield. We suggest that you bring a blanket or a lawn chair along with some snacks, and enjoy some summer movies.