Movies off the beaten path

July 03, 2009|By ABIGAIL YEAGER / Special to The Herald-Mail

Tired of the same old movie-watching routine? Take your eyes off the mall movie marquee and check out the films being shown outdoors or in unexpected places this summer.

In Chambersburg, Pa., The Capitol Theatre shows a series of classic movies. In Martinsburg, W.Va., there's Music & Movies on Main, a program of Main Street Martinsburg.

"We are trying to revitalize downtown and draw attention there," said Mark Jordan, who handles public relations for Main Street Martinsburg. "We are just trying to reach out to anybody. It is just a fun time for the family, something to do for free."

Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown is offering movies on alternating Saturdays as a way of reaching out to the community.


"We asked ourselves 'What can we do to help the neighborhood have family time, especially with the economic crisis the way it is?'" said Jim Davies, a pastor at Bridge of Life. "If you have a couple kids, (movies) get really expensive."

Many of the offbeat places show family-oriented movies, such as "Cars" or "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," so the available movies can also be used for family fun or even a date night. Many outdoor movies are free too, which is a plus in today's economy.

So grab the family and head out for a movie under the stars.

Washington County Free Library

Boonsboro library - shown indoors at the community room.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25 - "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, - "Wall-E"

Admission is free. Preregistration is requested. Call 301-432-5723.

Downtown Hagerstown library - shown outdoors in the parking lot on the wall of the library. Bring chairs.

8:15 p.m. Friday, July 10 - "Hotel for Dogs"

8:15 p.m. Friday, July 24 - "Tale of Despereaux"

8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 - "Open Season 2"

Admission is free. Call 301-739-3250.

Hancock Library

7 p.m. Friday, July 17 - "Igor"

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 - "Hotel for Dogs"

Admission is free. Call 301-678-5300.

Smithsburg Library

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 - "Doubt" Rated PG-13

Admission is free. Preregistration is required. Call 301-824-7722.

Bridge of Life

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 - "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"; movies shown on alternating Saturdays through Sept. 19 on an indoor movie screen.

14 S. Potomac Street, Hagers-town. Call 301-791-1674. Admission is free. Refreshments are provided.

Capitol Theatre Center

1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 - "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

July 15 - "Mary Poppins"

July 29 - "Sound of Music"

Aug. 12 - "42nd Street"

Aug. 26 - "Cinderella"

Tickets are $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger.

159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-263-0202.

Music & Movies on Main

Fridays at 7:30 and 9 p.m. through July 31.

Screened outdoors between My Bank/First United Bank & Trust and the Old Stewart's Menswear Building, downtown Martinsburg, W.Va. Refreshments are available. Call 304-262-4200 for movie titles.

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