Outdoor Movies: Smiles of a Summer Night
They say the best things in life are free, which around here includes many of the movies shown en pleine air at night in the summertime. The wonderful sponsors of these programs seem to consider it their civic duty to provide families with every opportunity to be outdoors on our all-too-infrequent (especially this year) hot summer nights.
The first of the two Handy Boys Enterprises Free Outdoor Movies, Kung Fu Panda, will screen Saturday, July 18, and the second Madagascar 2 on August 15.
Eddie Collins Ball Field
Route 22, across from Agway
Saturday , July 18 at about 8:30 p.m.
The Images Cinema in Williamstown dubs its outdoor movie series Family Flicks Under the Stars, and screens them on Sundays (in case of rain, the party moves indoors to the theater). The 4-week series begins this Sunday with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version, not to be confused with the more recent one with Johnny Depp in the title role).
50 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA; 413.458.5612
Sunday July 12, at about 8:30 p.m.
Performance Space for the 21st Century in Chatham screens its films in an airy tent—perhaps not quite as glamorous as under-the-stars, but at least it’s waterproof. Another difference: their programming (all about singing and dancing, this year) is for grown-ups. Back again this year, Adjunct Professor of Communications at FIT Frank Farnham introduces the first film, The Turning Point, with Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, and Mikhail Baryshnikov on Tuesday, July 14. Old Chatham resident Farnham will also be on hand with illuminating commentary for subsequent screening of such films as Tales of Hoffmann, Guys & Dolls, and A Hard Day’s Night.
2980 Route 66 (north of the village); Chatham; 518.392.6121
Tuesday, July 14, at about 8:30 p.m.
Throughout the summer The City of Pittsfield periodically offers free Outdoor Movies on the Common. The first of the season, on Friday, July 17, is Dreamworks’ Animation’s Over the Hedge (PG).
The City of Pittsfield
The Common, on First Street
Friday, July 17, after dusk; canceled in the event of rain.
Time & Space Limited, the PARC Foundation, and the City of Hudson are co-sponsoring free outdoor movies on Friday nights from now till the end of summer. Their programming is, as usual for TSL, unpredictable and amusing. This Friday, they’ll kick off the series with the cartoon, Sita Sings the Blues, an animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana, billed as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.” Subsequent weeks will feature Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the documentary Man on Wire, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. For a complete schedule, visit the TSL website.
330 Warren Street
Friday, July 10, after dusk; rain date, Saturday
The Clark in Williamstown is presenting a summer film series, An Artist in Her Own Right: Barbara Stanwyck and the Modern American Woman, starting next Saturday afternoon. While it is not outdoors, it is free, so we’re including it. How could we not with a line-up like this: Baby Face, Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve, and, of course, Double Indemnity.
225 South Street
Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m.