Movies, Concerts and More in the Park

Without a doubt I am a huge fan of movies on the big screen. And with the advent of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, well, theater ticket sales have dropped significantly, causing many theaters to close and/or reduce the number of screens on offer. And drive-ins? Such a thing of the past (although there are still a few around). All that said, I am still an avid movie-goer and continue to hope that brick and mortar theaters never go the way of video rental stores, mom and pop groceries, etc. In this vein are movies in the park. Complete with pre-show performances, goodies on-site and tons of all around fun…when dusk hits, the silver screen lights up and all are transported back to a drive-in-like feeling…just so darn cool.

Here’s a shot of a movie getting ready to play in a PDX park…just awaiting twilight! Image Courtesy: Portlandoregon.gov

Here’s a shot of a movie getting ready to play in a PDX park…just awaiting twilight! Image Courtesy: Portlandoregon.gov

Portland Parks feature, you guessed it, “movies in the park” at several convenient locations throughout the city. And best of all, they are FREE! Beginning in late June and running through Labor Day, some 32 different films will be shown in the twilight hours of the eve this summer. These are such great events to bring friends and family together for a relatively traditional experience. Weather permitting, you can count on a great time, just don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and the like so you can glamp it up! But really…it’s not just movies happening in these places, there are also free concerts, free festivals, free play+lunches and free swims! See all the important details below.

 

Important Fun in the Park Links

Like anything, all of these events have some important things to know including rules, show times, bus routes, ADA elements, limitations, etc. Here’s a screenshot of some key things:

Some important things to note about movies, concerts, festivals and more in PDX parks. Image Courtesy: Portlandoregon.gov

Some important things to note about movies, concerts, festivals and more in PDX parks. Image Courtesy: Portlandoregon.gov

Here now is a link to check out all of the myriad events planned for Portland Parks this summer: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69554 . … . That said, you will indeed see me at the next planned showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) PG-13—English with Spanish subtitles, this movie is set for Thursday, July 11, at Khunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta Street. As noted above, movies begin after dusk…so that can be a little variable. There is free popcorn!!!! ;)



Dan Meyers