West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2016: Time for suggestions!

So much summer fun is approaching – including West Seattle Outdoor Movies, a free six-Saturday-night series in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) at California/Genesee, with sponsors including WSB. Opening night of this year’s series is exactly two months away – July 16th – which means it’s time for a WSOM tradition, your suggestion(s)! Here’s what not to suggest, since they’ve been shown in recent years:

2015’s movie lineup was “Zoolander,” “Singles,” “Raising Arizona,” “Big Hero 6,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

2014’s movie lineup was “Gravity,” “Spice World,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Blues Brothers,” “The Goonies,” “Frozen”

*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”

The goals otherwise, besides avoiding recent reruns, are “relatively family-friendly” (obviously, as you can see from the lists above, it’s not all G-rated!) and “entertaining.” So if you have a movie to suggest, please post a comment – thank you, and set your calendar reminders for July 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20!

74 Replies to "West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2016: Time for suggestions!"

  • Tom May 16, 2016 (3:36 pm)

    Rear Window

  • Double Dub Resident May 16, 2016 (3:47 pm)

    Ah, the movie Singles. Has to be one of the worst movies made and was the moment when the Seattle Scene at the time  jumped the shark. 

  • Neighbor May 16, 2016 (4:06 pm)

    Where Should We Invade Next?

    It’s just so fitting for this year.

    • Martina May 17, 2016 (12:09 pm)


  • Westside May 16, 2016 (4:23 pm)

    I’ve got an idea. I’ll give you VII guesses…

  • barbara May 16, 2016 (4:41 pm)


  • erm May 16, 2016 (4:49 pm)

    I vote for Princess Bride or Strange Brew.

  • Brian Waid May 16, 2016 (4:53 pm)


    Great movie.  Will appeal to all ages.  You’ll howl with laughter. and cry like a baby.   Poignant. 

  • Double Dub Resident May 16, 2016 (5:34 pm)

    Toy Story


    The Lorax

    Vacation (The original)


    Ghost Busters

    Ground Hog Day

    Undercover Brother

  • Chas Redmond May 16, 2016 (5:48 pm)

    Time to bring back The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

    • erm May 17, 2016 (10:54 am)



  • Christie May 16, 2016 (5:57 pm)

    The Martian

    Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

    You’ve got mail

  • Tom Townsend May 16, 2016 (6:01 pm)

    The Point

  • Celeste17 May 16, 2016 (6:22 pm)


    Back to the future


    Auntie mame with Rosalind Russell

    Yours mine and ours

    Any Betty Grable movie

    Marilyn Monroe movie

    • Martina May 17, 2016 (12:11 pm)

      Yay for Auntie Mame!  One of my all-time favorites, and great for adults and kids alike!

    • Julia May 17, 2016 (5:01 pm)

      All Stellar suggestions. Especially “Auntie Mame”!

      Top Drawer.

  • alyca May 16, 2016 (6:23 pm)

    I second the nomination for VII!

    Also, Avatar, any of the original 3 Star Wars movies (IV, V, VI), Swiss Family Robinson

  • jrr May 16, 2016 (6:27 pm)


  • Born on Alki 59 May 16, 2016 (6:59 pm)

    Planes,Trains and Automobiles.

  • Chemist May 16, 2016 (7:19 pm)

    Labyrinth (RIP Bowie)
    Idiocracy (because it’s an election year)

    • Martina May 17, 2016 (12:12 pm)

      Ohhhh, Labyrinth is a MUST this year!  Great film, awesome music, and everyone can enjoy it!

  • Dante May 16, 2016 (7:21 pm)


  • Me May 16, 2016 (7:25 pm)


  • pupsarebest May 16, 2016 (7:31 pm)

    “The Wizard of Oz” is never a poor choice, especially when so few have ever enjoyed  it on a big screen as it is meant to be viewed. 🌪🌈🎶

  • Juliejules May 16, 2016 (7:43 pm)

    Hotel Transylvania 

  • dale May 16, 2016 (7:52 pm)

    Kellys Heroes, Caddyshack, The Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, Woodstock, Grumpy old Men, Cacoon. 

  • Hoku May 16, 2016 (8:08 pm)

    Princess Bride


    Wizard of Oz

    • David May 16, 2016 (9:11 pm)

      Princess Bride and Beetlejuice both sound good!

  • dale May 16, 2016 (8:15 pm)

    Twister, Hard Days Night (1964 Beatles), Dirty Dozen, Oliver, Festival Express 

  • Jissy May 16, 2016 (8:21 pm)

    Corrina  Corrina and The Other Sister.

  • Cera May 16, 2016 (8:49 pm)

    I second Rear Window and Twister.

    I also would love to see:

    Kindergarten Cop



    Edward Scissorhands 

    Peter Pan (the 2003 live action one with Jason Isaacs)

    • Martina May 17, 2016 (12:37 pm)

      Twister is a great suggestion!  Super fun movie for everyone.

  • MixedTape May 16, 2016 (8:59 pm)

    Touching the Void

    Alone in the Wilderness

    Groundhog Day

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Tron & Tron Legacy double feature

    The Doors

    I’m Not There.


    Gladiator or Troy


    Harry Potter

    Big Fish



    Bunyip the Dreaming

  • avalon May 16, 2016 (9:01 pm)

    Purple Rain

  • dale May 16, 2016 (9:04 pm)

    Purple Rain, War Games, Pearl Jam Live at the Garden, (2003). Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

  • Lorita Jones May 16, 2016 (9:25 pm)

    @dale. I like the way you think.  Kelly’s Heroes and The Dirty Dozen to name a few?    😄

  • chelle May 16, 2016 (10:09 pm)


    Inside out

    Star wars

  • Junction Lady May 16, 2016 (10:26 pm)

    I concur with Jissy;

    The Other Sister 

    Corrina Corrina

    and I’ll add E.T.

  • ACG May 16, 2016 (10:33 pm)

    Inside out

    Better off dead

    Ferris Bueller

  • Ruprick May 16, 2016 (11:41 pm)

    Three Amigos

    Princess Bride

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Major League

  • HC May 17, 2016 (12:15 am)

    Labyrinth ( I agree ) RIP David Bowie

    Sixteen Candles

    Stand By Me

    Breakfast Club

    The Never Ending Story


    My thoughts :)

  • Nikki May 17, 2016 (4:47 am)

      SANDLOT!!!! :) 

    • Blinkyjoe May 17, 2016 (8:45 am)

      You’re killing me, Smalls!!

  • RJB May 17, 2016 (6:39 am)

    Purple Rain

  • HP Steve May 17, 2016 (7:24 am)

    My votes are:

       – The Princess Bride

       – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

       – Kindergarten Cop


  • Patty S May 17, 2016 (9:17 am)


    Moonrise Kingdom


  • Rusty May 17, 2016 (9:37 am)


    Idiocracy (2nd Vote – perfect for today! ‘Welcome to Costco…. I love you’)

  • cj May 17, 2016 (10:36 am)

    Bladerunner.  :)

  • Fiz May 17, 2016 (11:04 am)

    Young@Heart for sure!   We’ve worn out their CD’s, many wonderful listening hours.  Lovely movie.  

    African Queen.   Bogart and Hepburn at their best.

  • Miss A May 17, 2016 (12:07 pm)

    Fight club 

    • strange brew
    • the last unicorn 
    • tommy boy 
    • Star Wars 
    • zanadu 
    • purple rain 
  • Sylvia May 17, 2016 (12:59 pm)

    Dave – most appropriate for an election year.

    • Chemist May 17, 2016 (7:30 pm)

      Eh, everyone has their own presidential movies. I consider Dave just a romance film.

      For “heat of the campaign” and all the posturing/spin apparatus involved, I prefer Wag the Dog with Hoffman/DeNiro/Heche and a bunch of cameos.

  • PJ May 17, 2016 (1:29 pm)

    Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang

    Mary Poppins

    PeeWee’s Big Adventure

    The Love Bug (1968)


  • couchpilot May 17, 2016 (2:18 pm)


    Some Like it Hot


     Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

    Dazed and Confused 

  • occams_razor May 17, 2016 (2:35 pm)

    I think “Labyrinth” and “Purple Rain” are absolute musts this year.

    • couchpilot May 17, 2016 (3:36 pm)

      AGREE 100%. It’s only right. :)

  • Teri Ensley May 17, 2016 (4:02 pm)

    So I Married an  Axe Murderer 

    A Clint Eastwood movie—Dirty Harry or Cowboy

    Oliver (second this!)

    Bladerunner (second this!)


    The King & I (original)

  • Courtney May 17, 2016 (4:11 pm)

    Sandlot and Pitch Perfect!!!

  • Gidget May 17, 2016 (4:21 pm)

    Uncle Buck – the classic John Candy movie

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Candy and Steve Martin) 

  • Julia May 17, 2016 (5:20 pm)

    Death Becomes Her


    Walk Hard; the Dewey Cox Story

    The Great Outdoors

    Purple Rain or Graffiti Bridge (or both…)

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    Reuben & Ed

    and…I totally second, third, whatever, Auntie Mame!

  • Eric1 May 17, 2016 (7:37 pm)

    A little late but….


    Chicken Run

    • WSB May 17, 2016 (8:03 pm)

      It’s not too late!

  • Marzen May 17, 2016 (9:10 pm)

    Super 8


    Ghostbusters I & II

    The Simpsons Movie

    Star Wars VII:  The Force Awakens

    His Girl Friday

    Auntie Mame

    Attack the Block

  • Jenni May 17, 2016 (9:46 pm)

    I agree with votes for Sandlot and Close Encounters.  I’d also add Seven Year Itch, A League of Their Own, and American Graffiti.

  • ELBSeattle May 17, 2016 (11:38 pm)

    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T – a movie made by Dr. Seuss in the 50s. Wonderful kid classic with a delightfully subversive message…

  • Campbellcaldo May 17, 2016 (11:39 pm)

    Princess Bride, Caddy Shack, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Karate Kid, The Love Bug(old version), where the wild things are, neverending story, Mary poppins, Petes Dragon, Popeye.

  • SGG May 18, 2016 (7:19 am)

    Blues Brothers

  • Kathleen May 18, 2016 (7:35 am)

    I second the votes for Dave and Labyrinth. Would also like to see

    Footloose (the original)

    Independence Day 


  • Gina May 18, 2016 (2:57 pm)

    Lion King

    Purple Rain


  • Mo May 18, 2016 (9:54 pm)


    Purple Rain

    Princess Bride

    Indiana Jones (any of them)

    So I Married an Axe Murderer


  • Justin coble May 19, 2016 (5:10 pm)


    Flight of the navigator


    The explorers 

    Top gun 

    Cannonball run

    Cool hand Luke 

    The graduate


  • TV May 20, 2016 (7:58 pm)

    In light of the move I recommend the movie “Moving Day” for the first movie at the new location.

  • Linda May 21, 2016 (3:45 pm)

    And some not previously mentioned (and hopefully not too late):

    Weird Science
    The Last Starfighter
    The Rookie
    The Legend of Bagger Vance
    The In-Laws (the original, not the remake)
    Hopscotch (with Walter Matthau)
    Grosse Point Blank
    Strictly ballroom
    October sky
    Time Bandits 


    • WSB May 21, 2016 (3:56 pm)

      Not too late! The movie committee will be meeting next week to review suggestions. Don’t know when the final decision will be made – they then have to determine whether the movies are available for screening and a few other steps before the list is finalized and announced. Thanks again to everyone who’s taking the time to make one or more suggestions! – TR

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