Fresh Popcorn

by Matthew Curtis
May 3, 2006 4:59 AM
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Initiated four years ago as a cooperative effort by Enzian Theater and the City of Winter Park to bring monthly free movies (and free popcorn!) under the stars to the local community, "Popcorn Flicks" heads into year # 5 with a fun-filled lineup that features many firsts. In the 50 or so family-friendly films that have already played outdoors on the Central Park Stage in downtown Winter Park over the years, none have featured Paul Newman, Jerry Lewis, or Jimmy Cagney--but that's all about to change.

Upcoming films include: May 11 - George Roy Hill's BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969), the classic outlaw buddy western starring Newman and Redford; Frank Tashlin's THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY (1964), one of Jerry Lewis' funniest comedies as he runs amuck in a nursing home; July 13 - Chris Noonan's BABE, THE GALLANT PIG (1995), the wonderful Australian farm animal charmer starring James Cromwell and co-written by George Miller (the "Mad Max" movies!); August 10 - Rob Reiner's THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987), the beloved fairy tale/adventure written by William Goldman (BUTCH CASSIDY... and many other terrific films) and starring Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, and Andre the Giant; September 14 - Michael Curtiz' ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938), the classic Hollywood melodrama of "the old neighborhood" and two childhood friends (James Cagney and Pat O' Brien) who grow up to be a gangster and a priest (guess which is which), also co-starring Humphrey Bogart and The Dead End Kids; and Alan Rafkin's THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN (1966), our annual spooky comedy for Halloween month and a fitting tribute to the recently deceased Don Knotts (not to mention one of my favorite films as a kid).

Now let's just hope that Mother Nature behaves and we get to pull all of these off--heading into our fifth Summer, we have yet to be able to show all three films (June, July, and August) in any of the previous years. Remember that rain dates are one week later on the third Thursday of the month, and if the film is rained out a second time, it will be rescheduled for a drier time of the year. But we'll think positive thoughts...

--Matthew

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