Happening now: 2014 finale for West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

It’s wall to wall in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) in The Junction for this year’s sixth and final West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation, “Frozen” – with movie time coming up around 8:15 (amazing how sunset/twilight suddenly get so much earlier as the season goes along). As requested, diaper donations for WestSide Baby have come in from moviegoers.

WS Baby also benefits tonight from concession and raffle proceeds, which are fundraisers for a different local nonprofit each week. Lots of sponsors make the series possible; PB&J Textiles donates the concessions each week, and we at WSB are happy to have been the media sponsor again this year. Every week also features spotlight sponsors for that movie – tonight’s lineup includes Bend n Move, which just led a round of Zumba:

Tonight also featured a free barbecue courtesy of West Seattle Christian.

P.S. Watch these pages next spring – we’ll let you know when movie host and emcee Lora Swift (above – of Hotwire and more) sends out the call again for movie suggestions.

‘Frozen’ finale for West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday night: Bring diapers!

August 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

The sixth and final West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of 2014 is a biggie – last year’s Disney hit “Frozen,” on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) this Saturday night, free. Come early – while 6:30 pm is the official “gates open” time, there’s really no way to lock down the courtyard, so when it’s a hot movie, stakeouts might start sooner. Preshow entertainment will be courtesy of Seattle Balloon Arts – and there’s a free community barbecue too, courtesy of West Seattle Christian, a longtime supporter of the movie series (as are we). The movie starts at dusk, which is probably going to be around 8:30 pm this time around.

Along with bringing your own chair/blanket, bring diapers! Every week there’s an official community nonprofit beneficiary for concessions and raffle tickets, and this week it’s WestSide Baby, whose main mission is to “cover little bottoms” all over the region. Movie mastermind Lora Swift tells us that every packet of diapers you bring will get you three raffle tickets. See you Saturday – 4410 California SW, next to the post office on the north end of The Junction.

Happening now: ‘Goonies’ night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 3 Comments

7:20 PM: Just as soon as the gates opened at 6:30 pm, the first of what looks to be another sizable West Seattle Outdoor Movies crowd started staking out spots in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), where “The Goonies” will be onscreen at dusk. If you’re going, don’t procrastinate! This is the second-to-last movie of the season (already!) – WSOM wraps up 2014 next Saturday (August 23) with the blockbuster “Frozen.”

7:51 PM: Just added that updated crowd view.

Next at West Seattle Outdoor Movies: ‘The Goonies,’ by demand!

August 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

When we published the call for West Seattle Outdoor Movies suggestions this year, 10 commenters – from Al to WSResident – nominated 1985′s The Goonies.” As announced in May, it’s on the schedule for next Saturday (August 16th) on the big screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). It’s free – just bring your own chair/blanket as moviegoers do every Saturday night of WSOM; here’s part of last week’s crowd:

Big turnouts this year and this Saturday is bound to bring the same, so don’t wait until the last minute; gates open at 6:30 pm. There’s plenty to do before the movie; this week’s pre-show band is Layered System, promising blues and jazz. Raffles and concessions benefit a local nonprofit each week, and this Saturday it’ll be Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (which is getting ready for its big mural unveiling two days before movie night). The screen’s in the courtyard at 4410 California SW – see you there! (P.S. “Goonies” is the second-to-last WSOM show of the year; the finale on August 23 is “Frozen.”)

Up next at West Seattle Outdoor Movies: ‘Blues Brothers’

August 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

(Photo taken before last Saturday’s WSOM, shared by Hotwire’s Lora Swift)
Before Friday is too far gone – we wanted to make note of a few Saturday highlights – starting with the next edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Tomorrow night (August 9th) on the courtyard screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s the original “Blues Brothers” movie from 1980. Preshow music by Those Guys with Wrecking Yard. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free as always, but come with a few bucks if you can for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions – tomorrow night’s featured beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk – 9-ish, but don’t try to arrive at the last minute, since the courtyard fills up fast.

Saturday with SW Seattle Historical Society: Volunteer orientation in the a.m., WS Outdoor Movies in the p.m.

August 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Make it a historic Saturday:

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 11 am-1 pm tomorrow (Saturday, August 2nd) at the Log House Museum, it’s the next orientation for prospective Southwest Seattle Historical Society volunteers. No, you don’t have to know all about WS history to help – learn some along the way, and put a variety of skills into action. Read about it here, then show up at the LHM, 61st/Stevens.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: SWSHS is sponsoring tomorrow night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “Sleepless in Seattle,” which you probably know includes a famous – and contextually infamous – West Seattle scene. It’s also a wrapup event for this summer’s celebration of the West Seattle Bridge’s 30th anniversary; Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), adjacent to the WSOM screen/courtyard, still has anniversary T-shirts and commemorative coffee on sale. Gate opens 6:30 pm, movie at dusk (9-ish), free but bring $ for benefit raffle tickets/concessions.

West Seattle Bridge anniversary: One more big event ahead

July 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Next Saturday night, “Sleepless in Seattle” (the movie that inspired the cry, “You can’t get to Alki like THAT!”) will be onscreen as part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a wrapup of the summerlong celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the “high bridge.” As you know if you’ve been to a WSOM screening before, the screen is on a big wall in the courtyard outside Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), which has been partnering with SWSHS in the summerlong celebration.

Back on July 14th, 30 years to the day after the bridge’s dedication, the courtyard was the site of a panel discussion of the bridge’s history – not just how it got built, but also, the bizarre spinoff story that became a murder mystery. In case you missed that event, here’s our video:

Back to next Saturday’s WS Outdoor Movies presentation: According to the full preview on the SWSHS website, preshow entertainment includes live music and more of those historic bridge-related video clips previewed here earlier this month. And as with all WSOM shows, it’s free! But you can bring $ for not only nonprofit-benefiting concessions and raffles, but also to buy an anniversary T-shirt and commemorative coffee. Make a night of it – August 2nd, 4410 California SW.

There yet? Pizza, photo booth, fashion @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies tonight

July 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 4 Comments

Gates are open for tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies event in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and a lot is going on, long before “Spice World” hits the screen at dusk.

(WSB photo, substituted for Instagram snap originally posted here Saturday night)
Free slices from Pagliacci (a WSOM sponsor, as are we), free photobooth [above], and after 8 pm, a fashion show. All free. You just bring a chair/blanket and if you can, a few bucks for nonprofit-benefiting raffle items and concessions. 4410 California SW, right next to The Junction’s Post Office.

Summer will return! ‘Spice World’ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday

July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 10 Comments

Last Saturday, this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series opened with drizzle/mist as the audience watched Sandra Bullock in space (above, a preshow photo as the crowd started to gather). Today, a midsummer deluge. But THIS Saturday – clear skies and warm temperatures are promised. So plan to set up your chair/blanket in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) courtyard for “Spice World”:

Movie’s free – as are a fashion show and photo booth! Bring money for concessions and raffles to benefit local nonprofits (and Hotwire is open pre-show, with espresso beverages, smoothies, and more). Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk (9-ish).

West Seattle Outdoor Movies tonight: Two updates!

July 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

Two updates as we get closer to tonight’s first West Seattle Outdoor Movies event of the season, with “Gravity” (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, 2013) onscreen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor). Two updates:

*One of tonight’s sponsors, Pagliacci Pizza, is bringing slices – free! (first come, first served)
*Movie’s free but it would be great if you could bring a **nonperishable food donation** for local food-bank clients

Again, the gates open at 6:30 pm; the movie starts at dusk, which tonight means around 9 pm, and earlier each subsequent week. Bring your own chair/blankets. Raffle tickets will be sold – prizes vary each week – proceeds go to local nonprofits, as is the case with concessions (popcorn, candy, beverages). The full-season lineup of six movies is on the official site at wsmovies.org. (WSB is proud to again be WSOM’s media sponsor.)

You asked for them, you’ll see them! West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2014 lineup goes public

May 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 8 Comments

(Trailer for “The Goonies,” scheduled for August 16th)
You made suggestions … organizers discussed, searched, decided, confirmed … and now, as just announced by Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), next to the courtyard transformed into an under-the-stars movie theater six Saturday nights each summer, we have the lineup for the 2014 edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies – we’ve linked each movie’s name to a trailer clip (except for the much-requested “Goonies,” :

Saturday, July 19th: Gravity (2013) PG-13

Saturday, July 26th: Spice World (1997) PG

Saturday, August 2nd: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – PG

Saturday, August 9th: The Blues Brothers 1980 – R

Saturday, August 16th: The Goonies (1985) – PG

Saturday, August 23rd: Frozen (2013) – PG

Again this year, pre-show entertainment will be featured, and Lora’s starting the search now; you’ll get the chance to buy tickets for raffles to benefit local nonprofits; and PB&J Textiles will sponsor concessions, with those proceeds also going to local nonprofits. This year, the WSOM committee is inviting nonprofits to request inclusion on the recipient roster; e-mail Lora for more information on how that works – lora@hotwirecoffee.com – and she asks that you “include contact information and short paragraph and/or weblink about the non-profit.” If you are or know of a potential pre-show act, same address, and that’s also where to inquire if you’re interested in applying to help with sound this year.

New to West Seattle/never been to WSOM before? Admission’s free, since the series is supported by sponsors (including WSB). Gates open early; you bring a chair and/or blanket and stake out a spot; movies start at dusk, which means the time gets earlier as the six-week series goes by. (Scroll through this WSB archive to see some of our past coverage.)

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2014: Ready for your suggestions!

May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 67 Comments

(WSB file photo of the courtyard on a West Seattle Outdoor Movies night)
The 2014 series of free West Seattle Outdoor Movies – in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – is 2+ months away, but planning has already begun, and that’s where you come in: Suggestion time starts now, in the comment section below! The movies need to be relatively family-friendly, since it’s an all-ages crowd, but that does NOT necessarily mean kid-targeted. And the movies shown in the past few years are off-limits for reruns – here are the last three season lineups:

*2013′s movie lineup was Goldfinger, Devil Wears Prada, Muppets, Avengers, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, This Is Spinal Tap

*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

The six-movie season will start in late July – exact dates to come.

11 reasons why this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies rocked

August 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

Hello, Cleveland! Er… West Seattle. ’80s rockumentary spoof “This Is Spinal Tap” wrapped this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season this past Saturday night (WSB coverage here) with a full house in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Proprietor Lora Swift has just sent an 11-point list of this season’s highlights:

*Six movies ranging from the classic James Bond Goldfinger to The Muppets, Spinal Tap and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

*More than 1,500 people attended this year

*More than $1,900 raised for charity

*Community BBQ

*Media support from the West Seattle Blog

*Gift certificates donated from local businesses

*Live music before the shows

*An 18” Stonehenge

*Shoe auction to raise money for a local animal-advocacy group

*Food drive

*Robots

Watch here, and the official website, next spring, for news about West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2014 season!

Happening now: West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2013 finale

August 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 3 Comments

7:12 PM: If you’ve already seen “This Is Spinal Tap,” tonight’s feature at this summer’s final West Seattle Outdoor Movies event, you will likely know the significance of the structure shown above with movie host Lora Swift, proprietor of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), next to the courtyard with the big screen. It’s one of tonight’s raffle prizes, too! (This evening’s beneficiary of raffles and concessions is the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – the movie itself is free.) Preshow band Those Guys is about to start playing; the movie will be on at dusk, likely around 8:30 pm, and the courtyard is filling fast, so if you’re coming, don’t procrastinate!

7:29 PM: Forgot to mention – you’ll often find sponsors with freebies, and indeed, Emilee from Dr. Gerald Wolff‘s dental office on the other side of the courtyard is here with goodie bags:

Rocking the courtyard – Those Guys:

West Seattle Outdoor Movies (for which WSB has been the media sponsor again this year) run for six consecutive Saturday nights in July and August every summer – watch WSB in the spring for news of next year’s series!

Saturday doubleheader at Hotwire courtyard: Group garage/craft sale; WS Outdoor Movies finale

August 20, 2013 at 10:56 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Very busy Saturday ahead in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), with two events on tap, and you’re invited to be part of both!

GROUP GARAGE/CRAFT SALE – WITH SPACES STILL AVAILABLE: 9 am-3 pm Saturday (August 24), Hotwire is hosting a group garage & craft sale; proprietor Lora Swift says, “We still have some spaces left, so if people would like to join in they can e-mail me, lora@hotwirecoffee.com. The spaces are FREE 10×10 spots and all are welcome. We are taking garage sales, craft booths, artists, just about anything you would like to sell.” Load-in will be at 8 am.

‘SPINAL TAP’ CLOSES OUTDOOR-MOVIE SEASON: Then on Saturday night, also in the courtyard (4410 California SW), the comedy/rock classic “This Is Spinal Tap” (trailer here) wraps up this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. Doors open at 6:30 so you can stake out your spot (BYO chair/blanket); movie’s at dusk, 8:30ish. Free, but concessions and raffles raise money for local nonprofits, so bring a few $ if you can!

Donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank @ Saturday movie

August 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

Coming to West Seattle Outdoor Movies tomorrow (Saturday) night? Bring food – for the West Seattle Food Bank! It’s the nonprofit beneficiary this time around. The movie is “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and in addition to collecting non-perishable food, the WS Food Bank will also benefit from this week’s raffle … movie maven Lora Swift from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (screen location, 4410 California SW, and WSB sponsor) says a food donation will get you a raffle ticket, too. So go looking for those donatables in your cupboard, and/or go shopping Saturday to get some items to bring – protein, for one (peanut butter, beans, etc.). The courtyard opens at 6:30 pm – bring your own chair/blanket – and the movie’s at dusk (probably 8:40ish this time).

SIDE NOTE: This is the second-to-last WSOM of the season; the grand finale is Saturday, August 24th, another comedy classic, “This Is Spinal Tap.”

West Seattle outdoor entertainment ahead: Massy Ferguson; 85th St. Big Band; ‘Bill and Ted’

August 14, 2013 at 11:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Separate from our ongoing festival previews for this weekend, here’s what’s ahead for the weekly free summer entertainment events this week:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: Massy Ferguson (seen above in our clip from the Hiawatha series two years ago) performs tomorrow (Thursday) night, 6:30 pm, in the fourth of this year’s Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented concerts (with co-sponsors including WSB) on the east lawn at Hiawatha (along Walnut Ave. south of Lander).

CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: The 85th Street Big Band takes the stage on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW; WSB sponsor) campus, 6 pm Friday. On the menu for (optional) dinner at 5:30 pm – steak, potato, and coconut-cream pie!

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Second-to-last screening of this summer’s series (with co-sponsors including WSB), so if you haven’t been yet … the classic “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure(trailer above) is this week’s feature, Saturday at dusk (just after 8:30 pm; gates open at 6:30) on the big screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor). Bring $ for concessions and raffle, both of which support local nonprofits.

Just in case you’re wondering: West Seattle Outdoor Movies = go

August 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Though some points to the east are seeing early thunderstorm activity, it does NOT appear that’ll happen over here in the next few hours, so tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “The Avengers” (2012) is on. The courtyard’s open, some moviegoers are there already, raffle tickets and concessions are on sale (benefiting nonprofits), and the movie should start around 8:45 pm on the big-screen wall in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor).

‘The Avengers’ Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Superheroes set out to save the planet! And you can do a good deed here at home, if you bring a few $ for benefit concessions/raffle at tomorrow night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies screening. This week’s movie is “The Avengers”; the gate opens at 6:30 pm at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), so BYO chair/blanket and stake out your spot(s). The movie’s free; popcorn, candy, soda, and water will be available for purchase (donated by PB&J Textiles [WSB sponsor]), as a nonprofit benefit. And this week’s charity-raffle proceeds will go to the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, as World Breastfeeding Week (first week in August) wraps up. Tracy Corey from Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) is donating adorable stuffed bears (see them in a photo in our coverage of last week’s WSOM) for the raffle. There’s preshow entertainment this week, too – singer/songwriter Jeremy Serwer. The movie’s on at dusk, which will be around 8:45 pm this time. WSB is proud to be the WS Outdoor Movies media sponsor again this year; see you there!

Happening now: Preshow fun @ West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

Showtime at West Seattle Outdoor Movies is still about an hour away – with “The Muppets” as the main event – but there’s already a courtyard-filling crowd; our photo was taken about half an hour ago – so if you’re planning to go, don’t wait any longer! Tonight’s early attractions included free grilled hot dogs and burgers provided by West Seattle Christian Church. Other businesses from the WSOM sponsor list who are featured tonight include Nurturing Expressions:

From left, Kay Gordon with kids Asher and Alia, and Nurturing Expressions owner Tracy Corey with daughter Kayleigh, and some of the raffle prizes they’re donating tonight to raise money for WestSide Baby. For moms with babies, they’re handing out reminders of the breastfeeding support group that meets weekly at NE (which is at 4746 44th SW, Suite 201, across from Junction True Value), 1 pm Tuesdays. Also meeting weekly at NE, noon-2 pm Wednesdays, is the Early Days support group for parents with babies up to a year old, led by Meg Gluckman, who’s at WSOM tonight too, sharing information about all kinds of resources for parents:

And if you’re there, you can also find out about Dream Dinners from Carol, who shared a smile with Paul from PB&J Textiles, which donates the concessions to raise money for nonprofits each week:

Paul and PB&J co-proprietor Dave run the old-fashioned popcorn machine, too, always stationed near the gate to the movie courtyard alongside Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW). If you don’t make it to the movies next week – see the full lineup at wsmovies.org; three more Saturday-night screenings after tonight, starting with “The Avengers” next time (August 10th)!

Our standard disclosure: WSB sponsors mentioned in this story are Nurturing Expressions, Junction True Value, Dream Dinners, PB&J Textiles, and Hotwire Coffee. WSB, meantime, is the media sponsor for West Seattle Outdoor Movies again this year.

Bring diapers to West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday – help WestSide Baby finish ‘Stuff(ing) the Bus’

July 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Not only is it a family-fun movie this Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies – “The Muppets” (2011) with a “Wallace and Gromit” short – it’s also a chance to help families all over our area. Saturday’s spotlight nonprofit is WestSide Baby, and you’re invited to help them reach the summer’s “Stuff the Bus” goal by bringing diapers:

WestSide Baby is pleased to be the recipient organization this Saturday evening! Please bring diapers and change for the concessions and raffle! Thanks to the event sponsors and the West Seattle Junction Association, we will receive proceeds from all of the concessions as well as from a raffle conducted by the event organizers. WestSide Baby provides essential items for local children in need and we operate the largest diaper bank in the Pacific Northwest. On July 21 we held our one big community diaper drive of the year, Stuff the Bus 21 and we still need 25,000 diapers to reach our goal of collecting 250,000 diapers from this event. Diapers are expensive and are not covered by food stamps. This week NBC News announced a recent study showing the adverse impact of Diaper Need on maternal mental health. Diapers matter to families in need.

So bring some Saturday night! Even if you’re not staying for the movie (AND the free barbecue presented by West Seattle Christian Church)! WS Outdoor Movies happen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), with the film screening around dusk, probably just after 9 pm this week.

Happening now: Shoe auction & music at week 2 of West Seattle Outdoor Movies

July 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 5 Comments

7:59 PM: The bidding’s on, in the benefit auction of donated shoes that’s preceding tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of “The Devil Wore Prada.” Even if you’re not staying for the movie (which starts at dusk – still more than an hour away), you can stop by and check out the shoes. If you do want to stay for the (free) movie – as of right now, just before 8 pm, our crew at the courtyard (next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor] at California/Genesee) says there’s lots of room. Live music, too!

8:20 PM UPDATE: Now the courtyard is “filling up fast,” our on-scene crew reports. So if you’ve been waiting to leave – get going! BYO chair/blanket.

8:55 PM UPDATE: That’s a cameraphone pic of the crowd, as of a few minutes ago. We’ve just heard from Furry Faces Foundation, beneficiary and organizer of tonight’s shoe auction – bidding has just closed – and from Highline Physical Therapy, tonight’s featured sponsor. (WSB is media sponsor for the series.) Movie time looks to be around 9:10, 9:15 – gets a bit earlier each week. Next week, by the way, is the 2011 movie “The Muppets,” with a Wallace and Gromit short, and a free community barbecue presented by West Seattle Christian Church.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: Successful start; ‘Devil Wears Prada’ next week

July 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 3 Comments

That’s a trailer for “The Devil Wears Prada,” next Saturday night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature – second movie in this summer’s six-week series in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), following a successful start last night. Though the movies start at dusk, be sure to come early – people started staking out spots after 6 pm last week, and in the 7 pm hour, the prime back rows were filling up:

You won’t be bored if you come early – there’s usually something special before the movie, and last night that included a robotics demonstration by Seattle Lutheran High School:

You’ll also meet cool people like Paul and Dave from PB&J Textiles (WSB sponsor), who run the popcorn machine on movie nights:

The movies are always free; concessions are sold as a benefit for nonprofits, who usually provide volunteers to help out. This year’s full schedule of Saturday night movies is here, with co-sponsors including WSB – see you at the movies!

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: 2013 series starts tomorrow night!

July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

After a huge day of fun tomorrow – there’s one place you can sit down and have a low-impact good time: Opening night for the 2013 West Seattle Outdoor Movies series, for which WSB is proud to again serve as a co-sponsor. Kicking off the lineup announced last month: The 1964 James Bond classic “Goldfinger.” The movie starts at dusk in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), but you’ll want to come early and make sure you get a spot (bring your own chair/blanket) – many people get takeout from nearby Junction restaurants and make a picnic out of it. No admission charge; concessions are available as nonprofit fundraisers. See you Saturday night!

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: 3 weeks away! Can you volunteer?

June 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | Comments Off

Three weeks from tonight, the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) will fill with people, lawn chairs, and blankets, awaiting the kickoff of this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series (co-sponsored by WSB). The movies are free and run on volunteer power – so this year we’re asking if you can help. There’s also a call out for pre-show musicians.

First, for volunteers, here are the prerequisites:

*Ideally available at least three of the six movie nights (consecutive Saturdays, 7/20-8/24); would need to be at the courtyard by 6:30 and stay until 11:30 or so

*Should have rudimentary knowledge of how to hook up professional audio equipment; you’ll need to help with some lifting and moving of the equipment

*Previous movie-theater experience? Big plus! But not required

*Training will be provided as the series begins

MUSICIANS:

*Need to have your own equipment and be ready to play an hour-long pre-show set.

Whether you can volunteer, or are an interested musician, or both – e-mail lora@hotwirecoffee.com to find out more.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2013: This summer’s lineup!

June 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 10 Comments

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions – this year’s lineup for West Seattle Outdoor Movies is just in! From Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), here’s what’s planned for six consecutive Saturday nights in The Junction:

July 20: Goldfinger (1964; vintage trailer above) – Rated PG

July 27: Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Rated PG-13

August 3: The Muppets w/ short of Wallace & Gromit (2011) – Rated PG (with a free community barbecue, sponsored by WSCC)

August 10: Avengers (2012) – Rated PG-13

August 17: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Rated PG

August 24: This Is Spinal Tap (1983) – Rated R

The movies are all shown on the “big screen” wall in the courtyard adjacent to Hotwire (4410 California SW). Doors usually open a couple hours before the movies start (dusk, which gets a bit earlier each week). Admission is free, but bring $ for concessions and raffles, both of which benefit local nonprofits. And bring your own chair/blanket to sit on!

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!

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