Think summer: Suggestion time for West Seattle Outdoor Movies

(WSB photo from 7/18/2010, biggest opening-night crowd ever for WS Outdoor Movies)
Drippy, murky weather, and just one easy antidote (unless you have a private plane you can take to the tropics at a moment’s notice) – dream of summer. Here’s one way to do it: Suggest a movie for this summer’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies (with WSB again among the sponsors)! If you are a new arrival, here’s the backstory: Every summer, the parking courtyard alongside Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) in The Junction turns into an outdoor moviehouse for six consecutive Saturday nights – concessions are sold as fundraisers, there’s always some kind of wacky pre-movie entertainment, you bring the chairs and blankets. And when spring arrives, you suggest the movies! Every year there are some licensing-terms constraints, so even if something seems like the absolute popular choice hands-down, there might be an obstacle, but don’t let that get in your way – if there’s something you would love to enjoy under the stars (and one night last year, hardy souls even stayed through some rain), suggest it now! (If you’re worried about being redundant, here’s last year’s lineup.)

P.S. Two more Hotwire notes, while we’re at it – the Peeps drinks are back (there’s another way to beat the gray-sky blues) – read more about them in the latest Hotwire newsletter – and Hotwire is offering table space for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (May 14th, 9 am-3 pm, sales all over West Seattle – 200 last year! – registration opens Monday). If you don’t have room for your own sale, e-mail Lora to reserve a free courtyard spot: (And if you use Facebook, you can “like” the WSCGSD page for updates and for the chance to post wall info about your own sale when May 14th gets closer!)

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50 Replies to "Think summer: Suggestion time for West Seattle Outdoor Movies"

  • Jamila April 1, 2011 (12:23 pm)

    90s Suggestions
    -Empire Records
    -10 Things I Hate About You
    -Royal Tennenbalms

  • Paul Twibell April 1, 2011 (12:29 pm)

    Singing in the Rain
    African Queen

  • Carl April 1, 2011 (12:55 pm)

    Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  • Genesee Hill April 1, 2011 (12:55 pm)

    Clockwork Orange

  • lina rose April 1, 2011 (1:05 pm)


    i dig the royal tennenbaums too (i forsee a costume contest associated with this showing…)
    along with the 90’s theme…

  • bridge to somewhere April 1, 2011 (1:25 pm)

    for kids:
    Star wars: a new hope
    Neverending story

  • Christie April 1, 2011 (1:31 pm)

    You’ve got mail – love that movie

    Back to the future

    Star Wars

  • Beehive April 1, 2011 (1:32 pm)

    Team America

  • ElizabethElaine April 1, 2011 (1:37 pm)

    I second The Neverending Story!

  • jiggers April 1, 2011 (1:43 pm)

    Hey Genesee.. The movie supposed to be family friendly, I don’t think that A Clockwork Orange is just that…lmaoff!

    • WSB April 1, 2011 (1:46 pm)

      Jig, you’re right, and my error for not stressing that – TR

  • Patrick Sand April 1, 2011 (1:47 pm)

    BTW – George Lucas will not grant permission for his films to be shown outdoors.

  • valvashon April 1, 2011 (2:43 pm)

    If the movie is in widescreen, I request that it be shown that way. Super tall and impossibly skinny is not how people are. Google “aspect ratio” if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Watching a squeezed showing of “Cars” two years ago was excruciating.

  • Gunnar April 1, 2011 (2:51 pm)

    “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” (1963)

  • ad April 1, 2011 (3:02 pm)

    The Black Stallion.

  • randall April 1, 2011 (3:05 pm)

    It’s never long before someone complains and/or makes demands on the execution of something given for free. What a country!

  • Patrick April 1, 2011 (4:00 pm)

    Randall – the movies are not free. There are licensing costs attached and certain covenants which must be met. Movies on the Wall is made possible by The West Seattle Junction Association and the businesses who sponsor each movie.

  • junction dude April 1, 2011 (4:16 pm)

    The Great Outdoors

  • Genesee Hill April 1, 2011 (4:49 pm)

    Jiggers and WSB:

    Sorry, though as you are probably aware, it is not the first time I have made a fool of myself!!!

  • SpringChild April 1, 2011 (5:31 pm)

    I think these count as family friendly…
    Sound of Music
    North by Northwest
    Gone With the Wind
    Pride and Prejudice
    and I second Stardust & 10 Things I Hate About You.

  • jiggers April 1, 2011 (5:52 pm)’re allowed a three strikes and you’re out rule here, but I don’t think this is regarded as a strike in this case. :)

  • pumpkin April 1, 2011 (6:03 pm)

    Fly Away Home!!!!

  • JayDee April 1, 2011 (6:11 pm)

    Stardust — My new favorite
    Toy Story 3 — For some reason I always thrill when Buzz says “To Infinity, And Beyond!”
    And from when I was stuck inside when recess was called on account of rain (this was L.A.):
    The Red Balloon (though I have no idea if the story holds up with 40+ years passing)

  • melanie April 1, 2011 (6:36 pm)

    royal tennenbaums
    whip it
    any toy story

  • Pibal April 1, 2011 (6:53 pm)

    Field of Dreams (The Mariners will make a guest appearance…)

    Airplane (“Put Dr. Ham on five and hold the Mayo…”)

    Sleepless in Seatttle (a special 3:00 AM showing…)

  • Paula T April 1, 2011 (7:14 pm)

    Ditto to:
    Singing In The Rain
    Back To The Future
    Field of Dreams

    How about Elizabeth Taylor’s National Velvet as a tribute? Or, Lassie Come Home. Classics!

  • Genesee Hill April 1, 2011 (7:26 pm)

    Or, how about:


  • Alvis April 1, 2011 (7:30 pm)

    Technicolor “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn.

  • elisabeth April 1, 2011 (9:04 pm)

    Trouble in Mind
    It Happened at the Worlds Fair
    House of Games

    all filmed in Seattle, though perhaps not all family-friendly!

  • lina rose April 1, 2011 (9:10 pm)

    raiders of the lost ark
    the dark crystal
    pan’s labyrinth
    back to the future
    world’s fastest indian

  • Forest April 1, 2011 (9:12 pm)

    I second “National Velvet,” absolutely the 1940s MGM version that made Elizabeth Taylor a child star.

  • MercyMoi April 1, 2011 (9:16 pm)

    The Neverending Story would be amazing! And wow, Black Stallion!

    I’d like to add:

    (Michael Jackson) This is It
    National Lampoon’s Vacation

  • Jer K. April 1, 2011 (9:36 pm)


  • Jen April 2, 2011 (12:23 am)

    Finding Neverland
    A Little Princess
    The Incredibles
    Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’
    Muppets Treasure Island

    All kid-friendly, yes?

  • grr April 2, 2011 (1:24 am)

    I think a few movies this year should be branded and marketed as ‘The Worst Movies Ever To Laugh At’. Because we all watch them and know all the lines. Ishtar…Moonstruck…Blackula…

    Should do one really bad 50’s SciFi flick…Planet 9, Mars Needs Women, anything Japanese with a Flying Turtle….

  • Beth Bakeman April 2, 2011 (7:54 am)

    “The Secret…” theme — all kid-friendly

    The Secret of Roan Inish
    The Secret of Kells
    The Secret Garden (1993 with Maggie Smith)
    The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)
    The Secret of Nimh

  • Kara April 2, 2011 (3:08 pm)

    Little Monsters
    Howl’s Moving Castle

  • annm April 2, 2011 (4:15 pm)

    Iron Man 2
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Alice in Wonderland (2010)
    And ditto to:
    Sound of Music
    Field of Dreams
    Back to the Future
    It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

  • Sheila April 3, 2011 (9:41 am)

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
    Bridge over Terabithia.
    Big Fish.

  • Sue Bale April 5, 2011 (4:41 pm)

    a fun movie to watch and dress up to, “American Graffitti”

    I also like the Seattle movie back-drop idea but old Seattle in a dramatic race against time in my fav ” A Slender Thread”

    and the movie with the best train station ending scene ever “Love in the Afternoon”

  • Moviefan April 18, 2011 (10:51 am)

    Indian in the Cupboard
    Gods Must Be Crazy
    Smoke Signals

  • In the Dark April 18, 2011 (11:12 am)

    Second (or third) the vote for National Velvet as a great tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Caylyn Tobin April 18, 2011 (11:48 am)

    Tangled (cute, sweet, adorable)
    Diary of a wimpy kid (funny, big laughs)
    Field of Dreams (important lessons, cute)

  • anon April 18, 2011 (11:57 am)

    Sherlock Holmes

  • Jonathan April 18, 2011 (1:37 pm)

    2 Hitchcock greats:
    “Rear Window”
    “North by Northwest” (already mentioned)

    Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”



    The Iron Giant

  • SA April 18, 2011 (1:51 pm)

    Big Lebowski

  • melissa April 18, 2011 (5:15 pm)

    yellow submarine

  • webshaf April 18, 2011 (7:21 pm)

    “The Secret Life of Plants”–it’s fascinating, has great music and not available on DVD(the last time I checked!)

    “Hawaii” and “The Hawaiians”-could make for a great theme night!

  • CE April 18, 2011 (8:22 pm)


  • A.N.P. April 18, 2011 (8:28 pm)

    drop dead fred
    teenage mutant ninja turtle (live action)
    teen witch
    the monster squad

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