Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in “Houseboat.”
Outdoor movies used to be simple affairs. You may remember.
The first one I ever attended was the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, back in its heyday, when the movie was shown on a real film projector and people brought their lawn chairs and the occasional sofa to a scruffy parking lot on a warm summer’s evening. It was spontaneous, silly and lots of fun.
Then, everyone discovered outdoor movie-going. That Fremont parking lot, home of the original outdoor movie, now sits under a PCC, and cinema au naturale has, for the most part, gone corporate.
On Aug. 29, you’ll have a chance to turn back the clock and enjoy a movie outdoors the way it was intended when you and your neighbors gather at Rogers Playfield at sundown for the Second Annual Eastlake Outdoor Movie Night. No big corporate sponsors, just a bunch of movie lovers, a large expanse of cool, green grass and a classic film.
But which film? That’s the question.
Do you have a favorite you’d like to see? It needs to be something that would be OK for most ages to view. Scary would probably be good, but not too bloody. Funny but not too naughty. Not too heavey. It’s summer … something fun!
I’m going to nominate “Houseboat,” starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this 1958 comedy, but this is Eastlake and we’ve got lots of houseboats. How could you go wrong? Cary’s a widower trying to raise his three precocious kids. They think Sophia is the new maid, but she’s actually an Italian socialite trying to get away from her overly protective father.
Or there’s that other floating home movie, actually set on an Eastlake houseboat: “Sleepless in … ” something. What’s it called? You may have heard of it. That might be nice.
What do you want to see? Put your suggestions on the comments and maybe your movie will be picked. And then come on the 29th and enjoy the show!