Sunday, May 18, 2008

Crossing Delancy @ L.E.S.

A good friend of mine invited me to a free outdoor screening of the 1988 movie called, Crossing Delancey at the Lower East Side (L.E.S.) last night. The screening, sponsored by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, was almost cancelled due to bad weather conditions but we stuck it out and the mild drizzling stopped about 5 minutes into the movie.

The photo above was taken a couple of minutes before the movie started and right before the rain drops began to fall. As you can see, the movie was projected against the side of a building next to a parking lot filled with chairs. The movie was excellent and the outdoor setting was exhilarating.

So how many of you have been to an outdoor screening of a movie?

24 comments:

USelaine said...

There was talk of old drive-ins on the Las Vegas blog last week. It got me thinking I hadn't been to one since I was a teenager. I like the idea of regular seats like you had here. I think the best would be in a grassy outdoor park - and I feel like I've done that, but don't remember where or when. There's an example of that in the movie "Wedding Planner".

Jules said...

Where I was born we had the good old drive-in but it was in Outback Queensland and in the summer it was too hot to sit in your car so we would all sit out on fold-up chairs in front of our vehicles and watch the movie - and sneak a cigarette - don't tell my Mum!!!!

Per Stromsjo said...

Never done that. Looks like an unusual experience. You were lucky to have the weather improving at (almost) the right moment!

babooshka said...

Never, but your post has made me feel like ive missed out. Got to do this, even woth the rain. This was a greta post and image.

Knoxville Girl said...

Our public library sponsors a series of free outdoor movies every fall on Market Square, a large pedestrian plaza downtown. People bring lawn chairs, kids run around, the Friends of the Library group sells popcorn, and if you want adult libations, you can sit on the patio at one of the restaurants. It's a lot of fun.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This brought back some memories of World War II days when the movies were shown on a sheet hung up in the park and the people laid on blankets on the ground. The whole place smoked and reminded me of a bunch of Indian tipi's as the smoke from cigarettes went straight up.

Changes in the wind said...

No outdoor screenings here....Drive in movies that are long gone was the closest thing.

Paz said...

I love the movie Crossing Delancy. I've never been to an outdoor screening. I don't know how comfortable I'd be, especially one in the city.

Paz

Ex-Shammickite said...

We have outdoor movies in our local park in the summer.... shown on a huige inflatable screen. It's cos there's very little for the kids to do on a summer evening.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Oh! So that's how they do it!

Chris said...

I haven't been to one in ages and probably wouldn't be able to stand it since my allergies would get the best of me. I am, however, interested in the cruises that project movies on big screens on the top decks. Would that count? :-)

DeeDee said...

Ah Ming...such interesting things going on in your city... Great photo...at our church during the spring months, a movie is projected on the outside of the church, when it gets dark outside. Disney movies are shown for young children and their parents. They bring lots of comforters and blankets and sit on the ground..A fun social event for the whole family I am told...

• Eliane • said...

How many of us? Well, I don't know Ming. You will have to count and tell us. ;)
I have thought of going to such screenings many times but never did. Should be a lot of fun in the summer.

Levi Tate said...

We actually still have an operating drive-in theatre in our area. They usually showcase two movies at a time for one price. It is a great summertime treat!

Kelly said...

We don't have outdoor movies, but we still have a drive in nearby! This looks like a lot more fun!

Jim said...

Only outdoor movies I saw was at the drive in. There is a town near here that shows movies in the park in the summer.

citygirl15 said...

That looks like so much fun....will they have more screenings?

I used to go to drive-in movies as a kid, but I don't think they exist anymore....at least not in NYC.

Sally said...

Great community event. Sydney has 2 open air cinemas which open in spectacular settings over sumer, though I have never been. One is in the Botanic gardens. People take picnics.

Grand Life said...

Oh man, I would love to have been there. Love the area and the movie. I was raised in the era of outdoor drive-in movie theatre's. Our whole family could go for $1.00 a car. Boy, that dates me. I think the first one I ever saw was "So Dear To My Heart". Had some good times at the old Geneva Drive-in. Thanks for the great photo. You do a terrific job.
Judy

Peter said...

... not since a few decades ago. I have some nice memories from American drive-in movie watching (to be honest, actually not so much movie watching involved)!

teahouse said...

Crossing Delancey is one of my favorite movies. Amy Irving, Peter Riegel (did I spell his name right?) - very romantic.

Anonymous said...

I love the concept of an outdoor movie. And "Crossing Delancey" is one of my all-time favourite movies. What a great city you live in Ming.

Valerie

madeforjoy said...

Love the film! Chicago has outdoor movies during the summer in Grant Park. And Colorado Springs had an outdoor run of movies last summer also. A nice change of pace! :)

IamMBB said...

In the summer here, you can sometimes go to 3 outdoor movies in one week. Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass Village have all been known to show outdoor movies on different nights of the week. We'll see if they all do it again this summer. The issue here is that it can get surprisingly chilly once the sun goes down so you have to be prepared.