Friday, July 12, 2013 , Updated 5:00 p.m., July 12, 2013
Free movies in Downtown Dallas begin Friday
Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and even their pets.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS Downtown dwellers dream of the day when someone, anyone, opens a movie theater in the CBD; not a week goes by someone doesn’t mention some brand name eying a hot spot — Victory, South Side and the Cedars, back at the West End Marketplace — even if it’s just wishful thinking. But until that happens, this will have to do: Downtown Dallas Inc. is once again popping up a big screen beginning tomorrow for a month’s worth of Friday-night screenings scattered ’round the downtown parks.
First up on the schedule: the 1986 offering Flight of the Navigator, the best movie ever to co-star Howard Hesseman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the voice of Pee-Wee Herman. Like the other offerings on the menu, it’ll screen beginning around 8:45 p.m. at Belo Garden at 1014 Main Street.
On July 19, Browder Plaza — site of that would-be, one-day? restaurant-retail plaza — plays host to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. One assumes it’s the ’77 theatrical release and not the little-better-maybe director’s cut released in ’80. (Hey, even Ebert thought so too.)
The next week The Iron Giant takes over Pegasus Plaza on Main Street. And bringing up the rear on August 2 are the Men in Black, who will invade (sorry, so sorry) Main Street Garden. And while I once more bemoan the list’s lack of locally shot films — Bottle Rocket, say, or Logan’s Run, State Fair, or even JFK — at least the final offering does have a Dallas connection: Tommy Lee Jones, the grumpiest graduate in the history of St. Mark’s School of Texas.
Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and even their pets. And, as always, the screenings are free.
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