West Seattle Summer Movies on the Wall: Time for suggestions!

(WSB photo from July 18, 2009)
The heart of West Seattle’s summer fun is less than three months away – and a weekly part of it during July and August is the Summer Movies on the Wall series in the courtyard between Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and Dr. Wolff. Once again this year, Hotwire proprietor Lora Lewis is organizing the series and looking for your movie suggestions. Nothing too adult, but nothing totally kids-only-oriented, either. We’re still looking for our lists of what’s been shown the past few years and will add them when we find them, but in the meantime, don’t worry TOO hard about duplicating – you can browse our Movies on the Wall coverage category (click the link below the headline of this story) if you really want to look back – just suggest what you think would be fun for an all-ages crowd, lawn chairs and popcorn – add comments to this story. Dates for this year’s series are on the official website – six consecutive Saturdays, July 17-August 21. (Also note that the movie series is on Facebook here and Twitter here.) 12:01 PM UPDATE: Lora has sent the list of movies from the past four years – click ahead to see it:

Princess Bride

King Kong


Pirates of the Caribbean


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Nightmare before Christmas

The Mummy

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Napoleon Dynamite

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Goonies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Finding Nemo


Galaxy Quest

Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Chicken Run

Best in Show

Wizard of Oz

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Edward Scissorhands


Little Shop of Horrors


Big Fish

56 Replies to "West Seattle Summer Movies on the Wall: Time for suggestions!"

  • Randall April 23, 2010 (11:07 am)


  • Forest April 23, 2010 (11:08 am)

    Breaking Away (1979). Smart, Oscar-winning (best original screenplay) comedy ending with a bicycle race between townies and frat boys in an Indiana college town. See the customer reviews at amazon.com.

  • Randall April 23, 2010 (11:10 am)

    (the original) Bad New Bears

  • Randall April 23, 2010 (11:10 am)

    ooh. LOVE Breaking Away, too!

  • bsmomma April 23, 2010 (11:11 am)

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singles, maybe some Shrek?? FootLoose would be AWESOME.

  • Randall April 23, 2010 (11:15 am)

    Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

  • Daren April 23, 2010 (11:17 am)

    +1 Beetlejuice (Michael is perfect in that)! Moneypit, too (Tom Hanks).

  • Patrick April 23, 2010 (11:18 am)

    Spinal Tap

  • emilee April 23, 2010 (12:40 pm)

    I would love if Finding Neverland was shown. It’s very magical, whimsical, and stunning, features an incredible cast, and is just as much for kids as it is for parents.

  • d April 23, 2010 (12:49 pm)

    Pretty current, but so good:

    Especially, Wall-E.

    Breaking Away was great.

  • wisepunk April 23, 2010 (12:59 pm)

    Groundhog Day.

  • Tammy April 23, 2010 (1:03 pm)


  • Since 1984 April 23, 2010 (1:12 pm)

    Brilliant, sweet, funny, bizarre movie filmed all in Seattle by Seattle filmmaker David Russo. Just came out on DVD.

  • westside April 23, 2010 (1:13 pm)

    I second Up. I thought it should have won best picture.


    The original Escape to Witch Mountain

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Kayleigh April 23, 2010 (1:13 pm)

    something that isn’t stupid, geared for kids, or that everyone has seen 1,000 times already? never mind; I’m dreaming.

  • OP April 23, 2010 (1:30 pm)

    Up (2 thumbs up.)

    Babe (Have The Swinery cater)

    Ratatouille (bon apetite!)

    Marley & Me (*sniff*)

    The Blind Side (Sheer inspiration.)

    Big (“Okay….but I get to be on top.”)

    Lucas (Corey Haim’s best film)

    Old Yeller (*double sniff*)

  • toddinwestwood April 23, 2010 (1:41 pm)

    Mad Max , with costume contest.

    Trees Lounge

    Crazy Mary, Dirty Larry

    just kidding.

  • Amy April 23, 2010 (1:43 pm)

    Independence Day, Return of the Jedi, Camp Nowhere, The Parent Trap (original), A League of Their Own, The Sandlot, Dirty Dancing, ET, Weekend at Bernie’s, Jaws!

  • CarrieE April 23, 2010 (1:50 pm)

    The Dark Crystal
    Secrets of NIMH
    Benji the Hunted
    Harry & the Hendersons
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Turner & Hooch
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    Talladega Nights
    The Anchor Man

  • Foxy Diamond April 23, 2010 (1:51 pm)

    P L E A S E G-D SPINAL TAP!!!!!! YES!

  • Patrick April 23, 2010 (1:59 pm)

    One slight correction – King Kong was not shown.

  • Scooterista April 23, 2010 (2:31 pm)

    My Neighbor Totoro
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    The Muppet Movie
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Smoke Signals
    Bride & Prejudice

    I’d love to suggest City of Lost Children, but I don’t expect subtitles work too well on a wall.

  • Kelly April 23, 2010 (2:57 pm)

    I enthusiastically second westside’s suggestion of Ponyo! IMO, I think it also fits Kayleigh’s criteria of “something that isn’t stupid, geared for kids, or that everyone has seen 1,000 times.”

    I like Up, too.

  • Wbn April 23, 2010 (3:05 pm)

    Madagascar 2

  • d April 23, 2010 (3:25 pm)

    Oh good idea, Scooterista!

    To Kill A Mockingbird!
    That would be excellent too!

  • Teri April 23, 2010 (3:52 pm)

    So I Married An Axe Murder
    The Pink Panther (original)
    The Big Chill
    Freaks (just kidding)
    Dirty Dancing
    The Jerk
    Double Feature: 1) Dracula 2)Frankenstein(the originals)
    Young Frankenstein
    Blazing Saddles

  • sillygoose April 23, 2010 (4:22 pm)

    Herbie, the love bug

  • lg April 23, 2010 (4:31 pm)

    Monsters, Inc.
    The Muppet Movie
    Bad News Bears (Original as a previous post suggested)
    Spinal Tap or A Mighty Wind
    A Christmas Story. (it’s good any time of year).
    The Simpsons Movie
    Star Wars (next year Empire, etc)
    Back to the Future
    I think Lucas is a timely suggestion too.

  • JBL April 23, 2010 (4:38 pm)

    The Neverending Story
    Flight of the Navigator
    The Man with Two Brains
    Pink Panther
    North by Northwest

  • kiki April 23, 2010 (4:46 pm)

    The Hangover
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian !!
    L’Auberge Espagnole

  • Mookie April 23, 2010 (5:27 pm)

    Oh, Bride and Prejudice would be fun! Get up out of our chairs and dance around…

    Trainspotting?! LOL. Ahem.

  • Cathy April 23, 2010 (6:03 pm)

    Fantastic Mr Fox

  • grr April 23, 2010 (6:32 pm)

    Definetly need to have at least one ‘Adults’ film this year (no..not Debbie Does West Seattle).

    I vote for Best in Show.

  • lina rose April 23, 2010 (7:54 pm)

    top four in my mind:
    best in show
    little miss sunshine!!!!!!
    fantastic mr fox

    other ones that would be fun:
    strange brew
    last of the mohicans
    dirty rotten scoundrals
    ponyo sounds cool
    neverending story

  • Melinda April 23, 2010 (7:59 pm)

    How about some old classics?
    His Girl Friday with Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell
    Bringing Up Baby with Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn
    Tracy & Hepburn comedies
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
    Gone With the Wind
    A Carol Burnett retrospective!
    San Francisco with Tracy & Gable
    A Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney extravaganza
    Singing in the Rain
    Or Foreign Films:
    My Life as a Dog by Lasse Hallstrom
    Bread and Tulips or Pane e Tulipane by Silvio Soldini
    Millions by Danny Boyle

  • Ginger April 23, 2010 (8:12 pm)

    Breaking Away (great idea!)
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    The Muppet Movie
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Karate Kid

  • Brian April 23, 2010 (9:20 pm)


  • Ailidh April 23, 2010 (9:41 pm)

    Spirited Away

  • Scrappy April 23, 2010 (10:17 pm)

    I don’t care about the movie… But will my 2 year old be able to run around? Or would that annoy everyone? :-)

    • WSB April 23, 2010 (10:21 pm)

      Scrappy – generally not so much DURING the movie, although if you make sure you have a path to your chair/blanket you can certainly get up and go run around with her/him. There is time to run around ahead of time (usually a fun pre-movie activity) and usually an intermission too. Lots of people bring small kids. – TR

  • Heinz57Mom April 23, 2010 (10:18 pm)

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    The Little Mermaid
    Food Inc.
    Mamma Mia

  • Chico April 23, 2010 (10:19 pm)

    Breaking Away (yeah, great idea!)
    Duck Soup
    Spinal Tap – In Dobly, please

    Crazy Mary, Dirty Larry – HAHAHA!!!!
    Go toddinwestwood!

  • Gail April 24, 2010 (10:25 am)

    Remember the Titans!

  • Laurie April 24, 2010 (12:48 pm)

    Has anyone said TRON yet? Good for kids and grownups (and the sequel should be coming out soon).

  • Tut April 24, 2010 (2:27 pm)

    I vote for “The Party” Peter Sellers

  • Alvis April 24, 2010 (3:15 pm)

    “Breaking Away”

  • johnnyblegs April 24, 2010 (3:56 pm)

    Three Amigos!

  • Kelly K April 24, 2010 (6:10 pm)

    * Brilliant previously-made suggestions:

    Escape to Witch Mountain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Hepburn & Tracy comedies, The Party, Duck Soup
    Tron, Labyrinth, Secret of NIHM
    Up, Coraline, Wall-E

    * Other Ideas:
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Rebecca (or other Hitchcock)

    * Anime:
    Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Metropolis
    Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke
    Howl’s Moving Castle

  • WSeaBill April 24, 2010 (6:51 pm)

    Local Hero
    Peter Pan (2003)
    Roman Holiday
    Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    Time Bandits
    Marx Brothers
    Old B&W Comedy Shorts (Marx Bro’s / WC Fields / Mae West)

  • Tom April 25, 2010 (9:04 am)

    Apollo 13, Back to the Future, Superman, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singing in the Rain, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Stand by Me, Rudy, Top Gun, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Clueless, My Best Friends Wedding, Caddy Shack,

  • lg April 25, 2010 (9:50 am)

    Oh, one more…How to Steal a Million–cutest Audrey Hepburn movie.

  • Barbara April 25, 2010 (12:51 pm)

    The Sandlot, Simon Birch (you will love this one)!!

  • Forest April 25, 2010 (2:32 pm)

    October Sky (fun trivia: the title is an anagram of “Rocket Boys,” the book on which the movie is based.)

  • Teresa April 25, 2010 (9:17 pm)

    “Back to the Future”
    “It Happened one Night”
    “Singing in the Rain”
    “Breaking Away” (I agree with all the above)
    “Bicycle Thief”
    “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
    “Independence Day”

  • CarrieE April 28, 2010 (9:09 am)

    I 2nd Grease & Breaking Away. Also, would like to add My Big Fat Greek Wedding & Oklahoma.

  • celeste17 May 3, 2010 (11:25 pm)

    The Princess and the Frog
    Any muppet movie
    Oh God
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Pink Panther
    Star Wars
    Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    Jungle Book
    Mary Poppins
    Animal House
    Bed Knobs and Broomsticks
    Escape to Witch Mountain
    Little Mermaid
    Field of Dreams

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