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Stars overhead and on the screen make a great summer night at Cascade Park.

Posted August 13, 2014 in Features

Starry Nights: Outdoor Movies at Cascade Park

You might say our love of outdoor movies is a 21st century offshoot of the drive-in movie craze of yore. This year’s Outdoor Movies at Cascade Park offers SLU film fans a way to honor this timeless slice of Americana while launching a summertime tradition of family fun. There’s nothing nicer than lounging under the stars with friends and family to heighten the pleasure of a well-made film. Add a picnic basket full of treats, a comfy blanket, a playground and concert nearby and absolutely FREE admission, and we’d call that a pretty swell night.

These Friday night outdoor films launched at Cascade Park in 2012, are brought to the community by the Y@Cascade People’s Center, which offers cultural and volunteer opportunities to neighborhood residents. The center, a partnership between the Seattle Parks Department and the YMCA of Greater Seattle, also serves as a hub for community volunteerism. Films start at dusk.

Billed as “Friday Family Fun Night,” this season’s kid-friendly movie line-up includes:

• August 15 - The Lego Movie
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special,” is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

• September 5 - Man of Steel
A young itinerant worker must confront his secret extra-stellar origins after Earth is invaded by members of his own race.

• September 19 - Frozen
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions and a snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Music and a Movie – The Mary McBride Band
The movies start at dusk on their respective nights—but on August 15, there’s more family-friendly goodness in store. Between 6 and 8 p.m., singer-songwriter Mary McBride and her band will perform a free concert in the nearby Harrison Street parking lot of Bianca’s Place (410 Pontius) that could dovetail nicely with your movie date at Cascade Park.

Partnering with the Low Income Housing Institute and Vulcan Inc., McBride’s Home Tour (, is bringing live concerts to residents of different LIHI housing developments between August 15 and August 18. The Home Tour, founded in 2010, is “a way of highlighting how communities can be nurtured, whether by sharing shelter, stories or live music,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Mary McBride Band has toured internationally and McBride performed on the soundtrack and on-screen in the Academy Award winning movie Brokeback Mountain.

The Cascade neighborhood has been steadily changing and growing over the years and the Outdoor Movies are becoming increasingly popular with new residents who move into the neighborhood. So whether you’re a newbie or a longtime local resident, grab your picnic basket, family or best buddies for an enjoyable, entertaining Hollywood night … PNW style!

Posted by DiscoverSLU on Aug. 14
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