Most summer weekends, up to 1,000 cineastes flock to Fremont Outdoor Movies for screenings of pop classics, cult favorites, indie films, and video shorts broadcast via Blu-Ray digital projection with 5.1 THX surround sound. Omitting only the cars and the prohibitions against hand holding, Fremont pays homage to the drive-in theaters of old as warm summer evenings slowly fade into warm summer nights. Audiences of all ages bring lawn chairs, rubber floats, and even sofas to enjoy movies such as Raising Arizona, Sideways, and Caddyshack.
Fremont Outdoor Movies believes that the community of an open-air theater is often the best part of the experience. In addition to regular screenings, they also hold special events such as an Edward Scissorhands_–inspired haircutting contest and a Show Us Your Scar contest to celebrate _Young Frankenstein. Outside the theater, cinephiles can cruise a makeshift food court provided by Mobile Food Rodeo.
Ready, Set, Bag! documents the quests of eight state-champion grocery baggers as they prepare for the National Grocers Association’s competition for Best Bagger, held every February in Las Vegas. As each contestant trains for the big event and brings order to a chaotic universe one egg carton on top at a time, their life stories and infectious love of what they do will thaw the frozen caveman hearts of any viewer. Best of all, you can stay comfortably reclined on sofa seating during the whole film, as Central Cinema’s wait staff will bring your large popcorn right to you. Practice attentive viewing before the main event with a screening of a new, hand-animated short called Leonardo, from Academy Award nominee Jim Capobianco.
Northwest Film Forum was founded in 1995 by two filmmakers eager to explore their art with an equally eager audience; today, the nonprofit organization screens more than 200 independent and classic films annually, while offering support for filmmakers and more than 60 classes a year for future filmmakers of all ages. Your supporting membership will get you discounted tickets to live performances and special events, access to films at member prices ($6 for regular screenings), and exclusive, members-only invitations to parties and screenings. Members at these levels also receive free large-popcorn refilling privileges at films. To stay plugged into the community, members also get a subscription to the Forum's printed, quarterly calendar and the option to join the weekly email digest. Memberships last a whole year, which makes them great annual gifts for once-yearly events such as birthdays, holidays, and weddings.
Celebrate the season synonymous with chromatic change, outerwear, and the Louisiana Purchase by seeing a musical that pays homage to all three. Today’s Groupon gets you a ticket to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the 5th Avenue Theatre for $32 (normally $71). Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Recently renovated with a curved, 90-foot screen and new digital projectors, Seattle Cinerama uses the latest equipment to project new, mainstream releases in an elegant, expansive theater. Guests can sit in plush seats on the balcony or main level to watch crystal-clear feature films, pumped to audio life with Danley subwoofers so that every on-screen explosion rocks the seat and every Woody Allen monologue whips the hair back. Screening blockbuster films and 3-D features, the theater hosts dramas, comedies, and action-packed thrillers, including the soon-to-be-released Sucker Punch, a battle-laden fantasy flick. Moviegoers can also treat taste buds to one free popcorn of any size while feasting corneas on screen-spanning entertainment.