Goonies Never Say Die! Nashville Scene’s Movies in the Park

June 15, 2008 at 11:45 pm 1 comment

Summer is here. Classes are over. The kids are bored. Even those of us who don’t have the summer off from work still get a little antsy as soon as the days get longer and the sun gets hotter. What’s a person to do? The answer is simple – Movies in the Park!

Every Wednesday during the month of June, Centennial Park hosts the Nashville Scene’s 13th annual Movies in the Park. It’s basically a family-friendly movie shown on a big screen in the amphitheater section. Everyone brings their blankets and lawn chairs and BFFs to relax, make conversation, and enjoy a good movie, usually an older “classic” (I use that term loosely). There are food vendors, radio stations, games, and prizes before the movie starts. Movies begin at sunset (usually 8 p.m.) at the Centennial Park Band Shell, West End Ave. There’s also a rain date of July 5 in case of inclement weather.

Being fairly new to the Nashville area, this is my first summer to enjoy the summer magic that is Movies in the Park. And I loved it. I joined a few friends for Jurassic Park on opening night. Then, we were recruited several other friends and strangers last Wednesday for The Goonies – one of my all-time favorites. Goonies never say die! Our night included about 15 people spread out (or maybe crowded in) on five blankets, Jelly Bellies, popcorn, a cute little puppy, Uno, Calypso nachos, and occasionally stimulating conversation.

For those who are wondering, “What’s the big deal?” you should know that Movies in the Park is more than just a movie. It’s an experience. It’s moonlight and stars and the park and blankets and all your besties (or your significant other, or kids if you have them) and a picnic dinner and a classic movie, all in one. Plus, the “quiet in the theater” rules don’t apply here. And the best thing about Movies in the Park is … it’s free! You should definitely make this one an annual summer tradition.

The remaining movie schedule is as follows:

June 18 – Dirty Dancing

June 25 – Shrek III

Check the Movies in the Park Hotline (244-7989, ext. 341) each week for movie listings and weather conditions. Movies generally start around 8:00. If you have a large group or want a good spot, get there early (by at least 6:30) because the space fills up rather quickly. There are tons of kids and teenagers. If you’re bored on a summer Wednesday night, are looking for a fun, creative day night adventure, or need something to keep you kids entertained for a few hours, Movies in the Park is the place to be.

Must haves: blankets or lawn chairs and your fave snacks

Could have done without it: the humidity

What makes it special: Sure, you can order The Goonies from Netflix, buy how often do you get the chance to watch it under the stars?

Know before you go: If you want a good spot, you have to come early.

Parking: Follow directional signs for free parking in designated areas. Cars parked on the grass or parked illegally will be ticketed or towed.

Price: Free

Web site: Movies in the Park

Address: 301 25th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: For more information, including cancellations due to inclement weather, call the Movies in the Park hotline at 615.244.7989 x341 each Wednesday after 12pm.

Hours: June 18 – Dirty Dancing; June 25 – Shrek III; movies start at sunset (usually around 8:00)


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