West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: What do you want to see?

May 7, 2013 at 11:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 68 Comments

(WSB photo from August 2012)
Another season of West Seattle Outdoor Movies is on the way (July/August, dates TBA). Last year, not only were there record crowds, according to organizer Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor and movie coordinator – the screen’s in the courtyard by her shop), but also a fundraising total of more than $1,500 for local nonprofits, via the raffle tickets sold on movie nights. So now it’s time to ask – what would YOU like to see this year? Please note, the movies need to be relatively family-friendly, since it’s an all-ages crowd, and not something shown in the past few years:

2012′s movie lineup was Pretty in Pink, Young Frankenstein, Lion King, Iron Man, Yellow Submarine, Top Gun

2011′s movie lineup was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Airplane, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park (1), Toy Story 3

2010′s movie lineup was Mamma Mia, War Games, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wayne’s World, Up, Star Trek

And there are a few other caveats – the “Star Wars” movies aren’t available for this kind of outdoor showing, for example.

But Lora and the WSOM committee would love to hear your suggestions – just post a comment! Thanks!


  1. Rock and Roll High School
    Toxic Avenger
    Young Frankenstein
    Cannonball Run (with costume contest!)

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 11:54 am May 7, 2013 #

  2. Scott Pilgrim vs the World!

    Comment by onceachef — 11:56 am May 7, 2013 #

  3. Princess Bride

    Comment by Wade — 12:24 pm May 7, 2013 #

  4. The Princess Bride

    And please maybe two or three flix this year that are kid-friendly; usually there’s just one a season.
    Past seasons the only movies my could see are:
    Lion King – 2012
    Toy Story 3 – 2011
    2010 – Up

    The rest of the lineup is just too scary/adult for 4/6 year olds.

    Some additional suggestions:
    Mr Poppers Penguins
    Cars (PLEASE not the debacle that was Cars 2)
    My Neighbor Totoro
    Any Madagascar (they’re all pretty much safe)
    Any Ice Age (they’re all pretty much safe)
    Herbie the Love Bug
    Bed-knobs and Broomsticks (maybe? it might be a bit scary?)
    Lorax – either version
    Charlotte’s Web

    This particular parent is more wary of violence than swearing and adult situations, but the trick is finding something Adults love, and wont give kids nightmares and/or psychological scars. :)
    WALL-E and Toy Story are great examples of that, but everyone’s likely seen them multiple times by now.

    The Incredibles is one that is basically ok, and a great flick, but it’s just too intense for a lot of kids. Oddly, Kung Fu panda is less violent and far less intense.

    Brave – another example of a film that would seem fine, but even 9+ years olds have nightmares about that bear – that thing is SCARY!

    Comment by zark — 12:44 pm May 7, 2013 #

  5. Mary Poppins! And March of the Penguins

    Comment by Chocolate — 12:47 pm May 7, 2013 #

  6. Bill and Ted

    Comment by Spana — 12:53 pm May 7, 2013 #

  7. Fun With Dick and Jane (the OLD one)

    Comment by SrslySharon — 12:58 pm May 7, 2013 #

  8. I second the Princess Bride
    Roman Holiday
    Singin’ in the Rain
    Robin Hood with Errol Flynn
    Knights of the Round Table with Robert Taylor
    The Black Swan with Tyrone Power
    Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland

    As you can see I love old films as did my kids growing up (kids are in their 30s).

    Comment by Melinda — 1:03 pm May 7, 2013 #

  9. Monsters Inc.
    Napoleon Dynamite
    The Muppet Movie
    How to Train Your Dragon

    Comment by MrsL — 1:09 pm May 7, 2013 #

  10. Sound of Music!

    Comment by alkikmac — 1:11 pm May 7, 2013 #

  11. The Jerk
    Bringing up Baby
    This is SPINAL TAP
    *And an adult night with Donnie Darko!

    Comment by nyhopi — 1:19 pm May 7, 2013 #

  12. seconding the Sound of Music – with a sing-along! Everyone knows the words. Everyone dresses up in their finest clothing made of draperies…I could go on. ‘I am 16 going on 17…’

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 1:23 pm May 7, 2013 #

  13. I would like to see “Shaun of the Dead” , “Army of Darkness” and/or “Black Sheep” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gEDUDmZkyc)& “Babe” of course…

    Comment by Scott — 1:41 pm May 7, 2013 #

  14. The Blues Brothers

    Comment by BPP — 1:43 pm May 7, 2013 #

  15. Slapshot
    Cool Hand Luke
    Singin’ in the Rain

    Comment by Melissa — 2:02 pm May 7, 2013 #

  16. Madison — Great movie about hydroplanes with lots of local connections.

    Comment by Wes C. Adle — 2:04 pm May 7, 2013 #

  17. Seconding the Bill & Ted. Even the sequel is amazing.
    Neverending Story!
    The Muppet Movie!

    Comment by JRR — 2:04 pm May 7, 2013 #

  18. There are some fabulous movies, usually foreign, that are good for BOTH adults and children: The Grocer’s Son, Children of Heaven, Billy Elliot, Mad Hot Ballroom, March of the Penguins, The Story of the Weeping Camel, Amreeka, and two more that protective parents may consider – Little Miss Sunshine (probably language) and Departures (subject matter includes death). All IMO really lovely films with wonderful messages, inspiring interesting thoughts and discussions.

    Comment by visitor — 2:05 pm May 7, 2013 #

  19. Three Amigos
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    Bull Durham

    Comment by Salinger — 2:15 pm May 7, 2013 #

  20. Monsters Inc – for the kids
    You’ve got mail
    Sleepless in Seattle
    Sixteen Candles
    Singing in the Rain

    Comment by Christie — 2:41 pm May 7, 2013 #

  21. The Princess Bride
    The Sound of Music
    The Wizard of Oz

    Comment by E — 2:59 pm May 7, 2013 #

  22. Labrynth, The Neverending Story, Flight Of The Navigator, and you should try splitting it up – one night for kids, one night for adults, etc….

    Comment by BJ — 3:06 pm May 7, 2013 #

  23. What’s Up Doc (Barbara Streisand,Ryan O’Neil)
    Uncle Buck
    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

    All I think child friendly.

    Comment by sc — 3:13 pm May 7, 2013 #

  24. “Hearts of the West,” a sweet & funny movie with Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith as B-movie cowboys in 1930s Hollywood.

    Comment by Alvis — 3:16 pm May 7, 2013 #

  25. And now the question that must be wrestled with each year, Buckaroo Bonzai, yes or no?

    Comment by Patrick — 3:18 pm May 7, 2013 #

  26. The Sandlot
    Monsters Inc

    Comment by lisa — 3:23 pm May 7, 2013 #

  27. Life of Brian

    And a lot of Pixar or Dreamworks animation for the kids

    Comment by evergreen — 3:28 pm May 7, 2013 #

  28. Funny, we were just talking with our kids about this on Sunday while at Hotwire picking up coffee.
    Love the idea of having kids’ nights and adult nights.
    Monster Inc
    Ice Age
    Finding Nemo
    Princess Bride
    Best in Show

    Comment by ghar72 — 3:41 pm May 7, 2013 #

  29. Secondhand Lions: A great family movie and the musical is up coming:

    New Secondhand Lions Musical to Make World Premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre this fall!

    Comment by joannbylincolnpark — 3:43 pm May 7, 2013 #

  30. Three Amigos !!

    Comment by BKRD — 3:53 pm May 7, 2013 #

  31. Hasn’t The Princess Bride already been shown about half a dozen times by the outdoor film series? I second Melinda’s vote for the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood.

    Comment by Forest — 4:24 pm May 7, 2013 #

  32. Oh, Buckaroo Banzai. Without question, and I would lobby hard for the director cut. (Which is just the first 20 minutes of the film that you otherwise don’t see. It explains everything. Although, the experience of watching the film mostly confused is also noble.)
    That, and Big Trouble in Little China.

    Comment by McBride — 4:28 pm May 7, 2013 #

  33. The Big Lebowski

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:30 pm May 7, 2013 #

  34. Jean Luc Godard’s Numero Deux.

    But Slapshot would be fine by me:).

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 4:36 pm May 7, 2013 #

  35. WRECK-IT RALPH!! Fun for kids and adults!

    Comment by Kara — 4:45 pm May 7, 2013 #

  36. Andy Wahol’s “Frankenstein” (with restored disco numbers)
    Goddard’s “Weekend”
    “The Muppets perform ‘Waiting For Godot’ in East Berlin” 1981
    “Vampire Stewardesses of the Serengeti”
    “Bowladrome: TenPins of Screaming Doom”
    Anything featuring Neville Brand or Anthony Zerbe

    Comment by cranky Westie — 4:52 pm May 7, 2013 #

  37. Atleast a couple that are non-violent/sexual and not over the heads of the 6-8 set! Frankenweinie, Monsters in Paris is an amazing foreign kids film that we love!!!

    Comment by Jenna Lutton — 5:18 pm May 7, 2013 #

  38. Any of Carroll Ballard’s movies:
    Black Stallion
    Fly Away Home

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    A Miyazaki movie (Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, etc…)

    Comment by cdr — 5:50 pm May 7, 2013 #

  39. Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast
    Time Bandits
    Fantastic Mr Fox
    and every single movie listed by cdr (above)

    Comment by mmc — 6:15 pm May 7, 2013 #

  40. Hunt for Red October

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisou

    The Princess Bride

    Walk The Line

    Comment by Carey A Pennington — 8:00 pm May 7, 2013 #

  41. Ratatouille is great! Amelie (not sure I spelled that right) Sound of Music, Simpsons movie, and as a nod to Seal Sitters (shameless of me I know) perhaps the delightful film the Secret of Roan Innish? A dolphins tale?

    Comment by Chris W — 8:13 pm May 7, 2013 #


    –lock the thread –

    Comment by mr. the horse — 8:13 pm May 7, 2013 #

  43. Do the suggestions have to be available on DVD?The Secret Life of Plants is not available on DVD along with The Hawaiians…wouldn’t it be interesting to get something that isn’t shown everywhere else? To Sir With Love was shown at the mural amphitheater a couple of years ago and was fantastic(imho). What about a Wallace and Grommit night?

    Comment by webshaf — 8:33 pm May 7, 2013 #

  44. •Annie
    •Hotel Transylvana
    • The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
    •Finding Nemo
    •Bedtime Stories
    •Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    •Harry Potter (maybe just the first two or three since they seem to get darker)

    Comment by Sarah — 8:41 pm May 7, 2013 #

  45. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    My Life As A Dog
    My Left Foot
    The Artist
    Spinal Tap

    Comment by annm — 8:52 pm May 7, 2013 #

  46. “Goonies”

    Comment by Jtk — 9:12 pm May 7, 2013 #

  47. Yes, Goonies!
    And Raiders of the Lost Ark!
    Bad News Bears

    Comment by ghar72 — 9:21 pm May 7, 2013 #

  48. LOVE the idea of a Wallace and Grommit night! Also, like the adult night and family night idea!

    Comment by JO — 10:24 pm May 7, 2013 #

  49. No! On – The Princess Bride
    & Harry Pot head!
    Yes! on everything else

    Comment by Jay73 — 10:59 pm May 7, 2013 #

  50. OMG–yes
    - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    - Goonies

    I’d also love one older flick, for kids or adults. How about the Court Jester? Or Philadelphia Story (with Katherine Hepburn)? Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang? Roman Holiday and Herbie the Love Bug (previously mentioned) would be good, too.

    Comment by Kelly — 11:47 pm May 7, 2013 #

  51. Ok, mentioned a lot here, but first ones that came to mind were:

    Princess Bride
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    On further reflection, would also suggest these:
    Better Off Dead (most under-rated 80s movie)
    Dark Knight (or Batman Begins, Dark Knight Rises)
    Matrix I
    There’s Something About Mary

    Great idea for a post!

    Comment by B-check — 12:01 am May 8, 2013 #

  52. We need some Bill Murray in West Seattle. Stripes or Caddyshack. For kids what about Sound of Music?

    Comment by Harmony — 7:41 am May 8, 2013 #

  53. North by Northwest
    Scavenger Hunt (if it’s available, it’s absolutely hilarious with a plot along the same lines as “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and an all star cast. Also I believe it’s kid friendly).
    Hopscotch with Walter Matthau
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
    Best in Show
    Strictly Ballroom
    Curse of the Wererabbit
    The Princess Diaries
    If Spinal Tap is shown, why not make it a double feature and also show “A Mighty Wind” (same basic mockumentary concept, same cast, different music genre)
    I second votes for Goonies, Grease, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Buckaroo Bonzai

    Comment by linda — 7:55 am May 8, 2013 #

  54. Three Amigos
    Dr. Strangelove
    Mary Poppins
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Back to the Future
    Animal House
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Moby Dick (with Gregory Peck)

    Comment by Lor of Genesee — 1:27 pm May 8, 2013 #

  55. Back to the Future! Gremlins!

    Comment by Mar-C — 2:40 pm May 8, 2013 #

  56. Dj Movie Nights. I dj Silent films with a live dj soundtrack. Family friendly also! Finished Movies include:
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    The Kiss (Greta Garbo)
    Alfred Hitchcocks “Psycho”
    The Lost World
    Army Of Darkness

    Comment by Nick — 2:46 pm May 8, 2013 #

  57. back to the future


    Comment by Christie — 3:10 pm May 8, 2013 #

  58. A big second on the following great films

    Fly Away Home
    Monsters Inc.
    Roman Holiday

    Comment by Daisy — 5:42 pm May 8, 2013 #

  59. Late entry….Oh God

    Comment by bearschick — 7:05 pm May 8, 2013 #

  60. One more that I only just recalled:
    Gosford Park

    Comment by linda — 8:27 pm May 8, 2013 #

  61. Pink Panther Movies with Peter Sellers, Return of the Pink Panther and Revenge of the Pink Panther or something lighter like Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Comment by john s — 11:42 pm May 8, 2013 #

  62. Young Frankenstein
    Blazing Saddles
    Iron Man
    Superman (original Christopher Reeves)
    Lost Boys (Vampires are “in”)
    Independence Day

    Comment by Jason — 6:50 am May 9, 2013 #

  63. Say Anything for the 80′s slot!!!!

    Comment by CG — 7:36 am May 9, 2013 #

  64. I second “what’s up doc” – one of the funniest movies ever.

    Comment by Michelle — 8:46 am May 9, 2013 #

  65. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, My Girl

    Comment by Meredith — 12:09 pm May 9, 2013 #

  66. Thanks! Just a note, the movie committee has just met, so the suggestion box is closed – thanks to everybody for their ideas – we’ll have the tentative list as soon as it’s OK to publish (they have to check on royalties and other caveats). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:18 pm May 9, 2013 #

  67. Stand By Me
    christmas is july with “A Christmas Story”
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Big Lebowski
    Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas
    Forrest Gump
    Back To The Future
    Jurassic Park

    Comment by casey — 12:58 pm May 10, 2013 #

  68. Young Frankenstein
    Zorro the Gay Blade
    Town Called Panic
    A Shine of Rainbows
    Under the Rainbow

    Comment by Xena — 8:58 am May 17, 2013 #

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