West Seattle, Washington
Today’s rain should be long gone by Saturday night, when the comeback season of West Seattle Outdoor Movies concludes. The fifth and final movie of the season is the original 1985 classic “Back to the Future” (trailer above). It’ll be shown on the wall in the Hotwire Coffee courtyard (4410 California SW, just north of the Junction post office). Gates open at 7:30 pm; sunset’s at 8:12 pm, movie at dusk, with preshow musical entertainment from West Side Music Academy. Free admission; bring your own chair/blanket!
The summer of comebacks continues – right now at Camp Long, the first West Seattle Outdoor Movies series in four years has begun! We went to the park just under an hour ago to see the setup; as previewed, the screen is set up in the south end of the big grassy field at the heart of the park. “The Goonies” is tonight’s movie, with co-sponsor Sound Credit Union (also a WSB sponsor) on hand.
The series, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association, is scheduled for four more Saturday nights – all at the Hotwire Coffee courtyard (4410 California SW), longtime home to the summer movies.
As for Camp Long, the park has a lot coming up – we’ll have a story about that in the coming week.
Saturday brings one more comeback – for a local summer event that’s been gone for more than the pandemic hiatus: West Seattle Outdoor Movies. The long-running series needed a new presenting organization after the summer of 2018, but that didn’t happen, so those were the last screenings … until now. The West Seattle Junction Association revived the series this year, but the first one is outside The Junction:
Camp Long (5200 35th SW) is where you can watch the first movie, “The Goonies,” on Saturday (July 23rd). The Camp Long Advisory Council is helping get the word out. In case you’re not familiar with Camp Long, we asked for details on where in the park the screening will happen. Here’s how Camp Long’s Matt Kostle explains it:
Movie screen will be located at the south end of the field to allow people to put down blankets or short back chairs on a little bit of the grassy area and those in the back can take advantage of the already established wooden bench style theatre seating which is normally used for our large fire ring. Photo attached for reference of the view point from behind the wooden benches looking out into the field.
If folks are unfamiliar with the park, once you park in the parking lot, you can either walk down to the south end of the parking lot and turn left by the shed there and follow the maintenance road that leads directly down to the south end of the field. If you park in the lot and walk down the main stairs located near the Lodge, you will end up at the North end of the field and will have to walk across the field to the viewing area.
Two comfort stations will be open at the park that night. No concessions, so bring your own snacks/(non-alcoholic) beverages/picnic dinners/etc. The gates open at 7:30 pm, and the movie will start at dusk. Admission is free. After this weekend, the next four Saturdays’ movies will be at Hotwire Coffee‘s courtyard (4410 California SW) in The Junction:
With the weather finally warming, time to think about even more of what’s happening this summer. As we first reported in March, outdoor movies are returning. The current plan is for five Saturday nights in the Hotwire Coffee (4410 California SW) courtyard, site of many summers, though Chris Mackay of the West Seattle Junction Association tells WSB the location might change for the final one. Start time is expected around 9 pm for the July movies, 8:30 pm for August.
Those were chosen from a list of 18 on which WSJA (as we also reported at the time) sought votes in March. No admission charge, bring your own chair; more details as it all gets closer.
West Seattle hasn’t had a summer outdoor-movie series since 2018 – it wasn’t a pandemic casualty; it went on hiatus for lack of a sponsor. But this year, it’s coming back. The West Seattle Junction Association has announced plans for five Saturday night outdoor movies this summer. Right now, WSJA is inviting you to vote for three movies from this list of 18 possibilities. The movie nights are set for July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20. Stand by for details including location – past sites, during the previous 14 summers of the movie series, were the Hotwire Coffee courtyard and West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) parking lot.
A few people have asked in recent days about the status of the West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. Answer: No one came forward to take over the series, so it’s not happening this year, after 14 summers.
(P.S. In recent years other groups have presented one-time outdoor movies during the summer, so if your group/organization/etc. has one planned this year, be sure to let us know ASAP so we can add it to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!)
Usually about this time on midsummer Saturday nights, a happy crowd is well into watching the week’s free presentation at West Seattle Outdoor Movies. But you won’t see that scene – or be part of it – this year, unless a new organization is found to take over the series for what would be its 15th season.
The movies long had a home at the courtyard adjacent to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse. But a few factors ended that, including proprietor Lora Radford selling the shop (she’s now executive director at the West Seattle Junction Association, and still a big booster of/adviser for the movie series), and the crowds simply outgrowing the space. The series moved to the “festival street” outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) at the end of the 2016 season, then shifting to its west parking lot, but that hasn’t proven to be the right fit for either the Y or WSOM, and so a new presenting organization is being sought – providing the site, equipment, among other things.
Ideas? Interest? Contact Lora Radford for starters, email@example.com.
The movie alone is reason enough to be at West Seattle Outdoor Movies‘ second-to-last event of the summer tomorrow (Saturday) – the animated hit “Coco” is onscreen. But there’s more! Outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor), you’ll also find:
-First time! Seattle Parks’ “Get Moving” program is bringing fun stuff to play with – ping-pong, giant Connect 4, hula-hoops, more
-Face painting and other activities presented by the Y
-Return of the Macho Burgers food truck
-Raffle with cool prizes, this week benefiting spotlight nonprofit ArtsWest
You’re welcome to show up any time after 6:30 pm; bring your own chair/blanket. The movie will start around 8:45 pm.
Thanks to Tamsen Spengler from the West Seattle Timebank for photos from last night’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies screening of “A Wrinkle in Time.” The Timebank was last night’s spotlight nonprofit – here are Janine and Frances with the banner:
Tamsen reports that their benefit raffle brought in $172. Every week, a different nonprofit is in the spotlight – next Saturday night (August 18th), it’s ArtsWest, and the movie is “Coco,” second-to-last movie of the summer, at dusk outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), 36th and Snoqualmie. (WSB is the series’ media sponsor.)
The second movie in the third “Star Wars” trilogy is on the big screen tomorrow night outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. You can watch “The Last Jedi” free at dusk Saturday – it’s the third of this year’s six West Seattle Outdoor Movies! Bring your own chair/blanket and find a spot as early as 6:30; the movie’s at dusk, probably around 9 pm.
This week’s spotlight nonprofit is the West Seattle Food Bank, and if you bring a few dollars for raffle tickets, you’ll be supporting the Y and taking a chance on some cool prizes. Also: West Seattle’s own Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream will be there selling cool treats, in addition to the Y’s weekly concession offerings. We’re this year’s media sponsor – see you at the movies!
West Seattle Outdoor Movies never charge admission – but if you can, bring a few $ for raffle tickets – every week benefits a different nonprofit and brings some cool raffle prizes. Tonight, WestSide Baby is getting the raffle $ and giving away the prizes listed above. We photographed WS Baby’s booth at tonight’s movie outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle:
WS Baby reps were wit reps from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor and tonight’s spotlight sponsor for the movie, “Secret Life of Pets“). Next weekend (August 4th), the Saturday night movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”:
Next week’s spotlight nonprofit is the West Seattle Food Bank. We’ll have other details later in the week – just make plans to be outside the Y (3622 SW Snoqualmie) before the movie starts at dusk!
That’s the trailer for “Secret Life of Pets,” which will be onscreen Saturday night for West Seattle Outdoor Movies‘ week two. The movie’s free as always but if you can – BRING DIAPERS! WestSide Baby is the spotlight nonprofit this week, and it’s the last major event in WS Baby’s Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive, which still needs thousands more diapers to reach this year’s goal.
You also need to bring your own chair/blanket to the WSOM site outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) BUT if you want to have dinner at the movies this week, you don’t have to bring your own, because the Macho Burgers food truck will be there (as well as the Y’s concession stand). You’re welcome to come stake out your spot as early as 6:30 pm; the movie starts at dusk.
About 100 people had already settled in outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) about an hour before sunset, and right about now are well into “Wonder Woman,” first West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature of the year. At the concession stand, we found someone costumed in the spirit of the movie:
The night’s concession options included popcorn, water, and gummies. Every West Seattle Outdoor Movies event spotlights a nonprofit, and tonight it’s the WS Helpline, with a table just past the screen and $3 raffle tickets for some cool prizes:
Those prizes included a Mountaineers family membership and two tickets to a Seahawks game. Next week’s nonprofit is WestSide Baby – bring diapers! – and the movie is “Secret Life of Pets,” at dusk July 28th. You’re invited to show up as early as 6:30 pm. The Y is at 3622 SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.
Around this time tomorrow night, the SW Snoqualmie festival street should be filling up for the first West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of the summer! “Wonder Woman” is the first of six free Saturday night movies you’ll see outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) at dusk tomorrow, July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, and August 25th. You can come stake out your spot (bring your own chair/blanket) as early as 6:30 pm; the Y provides kid activities and will offer concessions, too, while you wait for the movie, which starts at dusk (time gets earlier as the weeks go on). If you bring a few bucks, you also can buy tickets for the nonprofit-fundraiser raffle – tomorrow night’s spotlighted nonprofit and beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Series co-sponsors include WSB again this year. Here’s the full schedule of movies as announced back in May!
That’s the trailer for “Wonder Woman,” first of this summer’s six West Seattle Outdoor Movies, now less than two weeks away – so it’s the next summer countdown we’re launching! The movies are free, at dusk on six consecutive Saturday nights, outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, coordinated by the Y and the West Seattle Junction Association, with sponsors including WSB. In case you missed (or forgot!) this year’s announcement published here back in May, here’s the full slate of movies and dates:
July 21 – Wonder Woman
July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 11 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 18 – Coco
August 25 – Black Panther
The movies are free; concessions support the Y, and raffles each movie night will support these other local nonprofits:
July 21 – West Seattle Helpline
July 28 – WestSide Baby
August 4 – West Seattle Food Bank
August 11 – West Seattle Timebank
August 18 – ArtsWest
August 25 – WSJA Mural Project
While the movie start time will change as dusk gets earlier, you’re welcome to show up with your chair/blanket as early as 6:30 every time. If you’re bringing the kid(s), the Y plans activities to keep them entertained, and food trucks are expected (schedule to come) if you want to have dinner but don’t feel like bringing a picnic. We’ll see you at the Y, at the movies!
July 21 – Wonder Woman
July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 11 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 18 – Coco
August 25 – Black Panther
Gates open at 6:30 – bring your own chair/blanket(s) to sit on. The movies start at dusk, and of course that time gets earlier as the summer rolls on. Preshow fun includes kids’ activities at the Y (which supports the series, as does the West Seattle Junction Association, with co-sponsors including WSB); food trucks, concessions, and the always-popular nonprofit-benefiting concessions are in the plan for this year too. See you at the movies!
Another one of the fun events getting ever-closer is the West Seattle Outdoor Movies series, presented by the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Junction Association in the “festival street” outside the Y. Every year, WSB readers help determine the lineup; this year, the YMCA and WSJA have pre-vetted a list of 9 movies from which they hope to present 6 favorites, so you’re invited to speak up for one you really want to see, or which six you would pick, or even rank all nine in your order of preference:
• Black Panther
• Wonder Woman
• Star Wars: Last Jedi
• Paddington 2
• A Wrinkle In Time
• Peter Rabbit
• Secret Life of Pets
The series runs six consecutive Saturday nights, starting July 21st. Please post your vote/ranking/etc.in the comment section below!
P.S. Whether or not you want to offer an opinion on the movies, here’s another way to be part of WSOM – sponsorship! We’re already in again this year as media sponsor. But lots of support is needed – renting popular movies for public screenings gets more expensive every year! There are a variety of sponsorship levels (see them here) – as WSJA’s Lora Swift puts it, ways to “power up.” Whichever level you choose, you can sign up and pay here.
P.P.S. Almost forgot to include the link to last year’s lineup!
We stopped by the SW Snoqualmie festival street next to the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle just before sunset, as people gathered for the final West Seattle Outdoor Movies show of summer 2017, “Beauty and the Beast.” We even found these characters:
This was the first full season at the new location of the free movie series, presented by the Y and the West Seattle Junction Association, with community business and organization sponsors including WSB.
(WSB photo, April 2014)
Our photo is from April 2014, when we covered chess champion Phiona Mutesi visiting West Seattle Elementary School, more than 8,000 miles from her hometown in Uganda. She visited students learning to play chess, and spoke at an assembly. Since then, Phiona’s true story has become the subject of a movie, “Queen of Katwe,” which you can see Saturday night at West Seattle Outdoor Movies in The Triangle. Here’s the trailer:
This week’s movie is presented by the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), which is right next to the 36th/Snoqualmie “festival street” where the movies are shown, and the West Seattle Junction Association. Bring your own chair/blanket – you can show up as early as 6:30 pm and enjoy the evening in the street. This week’s food truck is BC Zhang, with “Chinese fast food.” Concessions are sold too, and the movie’s free! It starts at dusk, which this week is expected to be between 8:15 and 8:30.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is onscreen tomorrow night at the SW Snoqualmie festival street next to the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), for the third of this year’s six free West Seattle Outdoor Movies. You can show up as early as 6:30 pm; movie’s at dusk (9-ish), and here’s what happens inbetween:
*Pre-movie kids’ activities presented by the Y
*Nonprofit-benefiting concessions available for purchase
*Free root-beer floats courtesy of WSOM co-sponsor The Beer Junction (featuring Husky Deli ice cream)
*Whirligigs free to kids in the audience, donated by WSOM co-sponsor Curious Kidstuff
*Raffle-ticket sales, with proceeds benefiting West Seattle Helpline; items up for grabs including two $50 gift cards for Admiral Theater (donated by WSOM co-sponsors Zack and Jodi Hill) and a 12-cupcake gift card from WSOM co-sponsor Cupcake Royale
Bring your own chair/blanket and get ready for a fun night!
From the same people who brought you the earworm “Everything Is Awesome” … it’s “The Lego Batman Movie,” and it’s what’s onscreen Saturday night at this summer’s second West Seattle Outdoor Movies event. You’re welcome to show up in the SW Snoqualmie Festival Street [map] on the south side of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle as early as 6:30 pm; the movie starts at dusk, 9 pm-ish. Here’s some of what else will be going on between those two times:
*Diaper drive for WestSide Baby (especially in need of sizes 4-6 and training pants)
*Nonprofit-benefiting raffles for items including a Pagliacci gift card and Zippy’s gift certificate
*Kids’ giveaways from Curious Kidstuff
*Food truck (awaiting word on which one)
*Pre-movie kids’ activities courtesy of the Y
…and more. Admission is free; bring your own chair and/or blanket. (Or both … it was a little breezy by showtime last Saturday night.) See the full season lineup – every Saturday night through August 26th –
7:35 PM: Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, School of Rock musicians, the Macho Burgers food truck, and early-arrival moviegoers are already gathered in and along the SW Snoqualmie festival street west of 36th SW [map], for the first night of this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is tonight’s movie. (Added – SOR started playing and a stormtrooper dance ensued:)
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 23, 2017
This is the first full season that the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is hosting the series, which now has more room and more opportunities for preshow fun. There’s still time for you to get here – after some preshow music, we’re gearing up for “Star Wars” trivia, hosted by co-publisher Patrick, and the movie itself is still an hour and a half or so away. It’s a little breezy here in the shade so we’d recommend bringing a sweater. And definitely bring your own chair(s) and/or blanket to sit on. The movie’s free; in addition to the food truck availability, the Y is selling concessions, and cool prizes will be raffled to raise money for local nonprofits.
8:56 PM: Movie time is getting closer. People are still arriving; still room toward the back of the sloped seating area facing the inflatable screen (which is being tested right now – not dark enough to start the movie yet). Definitely sweater/blanket weather, at least in your editor’s opinion. The “Star Wars” trivia game is in the final moments. Meantime, another scene from the Garrison Titan visit earlier – some of the visitors posing with the Y’s new leader Shalimar Gonzales:
Next week, it’s the LEGO Batman Movie. During the week, we’ll have a preview with even more details such as preshow activities, food-truck plans, etc.
That may look like an ordinary street – but Saturday evening, SW Snoqualmie just south of 36th SW [map], next to the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), will transform into its secret identity as a “Festival Street” for the first West Seattle Outdoor Movies event of the season – the first full season in this new location.
The movie: “Rogue One,” which made history as the first standalone “Star Wars Story” movie outside the trilogies.
The time: You can arrive as early as 6:30 pm. From the official WSOM website:
•First 50 kids (or all those young at heart) will get light sabers.
•7-8 pm, bust out your cameras for those stormtrooper selfies (Garrison Titan will be here)
•Food truck for the night: Macho Burgers (vegetarian, gluten-free options available)
Live performances by School of Rock West Seattle.
Star Wars quiz by our own West Seattle ‘Mean Old Man’ with a Jedi Jeopardy lighting round.
Concessions and raffles too; all proceeds go to charity. This week’s raffle proceeds will benefit WestSide Baby, West Seattle Food Bank, White Center Food Bank, and West Seattle Helpline.
Sponsored by ActivSpace In West Seattle, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, LaVida Massage of West Seattle, School of Rock WS, West Seattle Christian Church, West Seattle Farmers Market, and West Seattle Blog
Brought to you by the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA.
The movie starts at dusk – we can safely say that’ll be after 9 pm. But with all the aforementioned excitement, you won’t want to arrive at the last minute anyway. This is the first of the season’s six movies, every Saturday night through August 26th; see the lineup on the WSOM website.