Watch your favorite movie under the stars this summer.Families can spread out on blankets or lawn chairs to watch films at Riverbanks Zoo, Sesquicentennial State Park, Saluda Shoals Park or Finlay Park.
A slightly more mature audience gathers at City Roots in Rosewood, where movies are projected on the outer barn wall. (They showed “The Big Lebowski” in May and are still debating what to show on June. Check rosewoodcommunity.com for details.)
If you want to stage your own outdoor movie event, a relatively new company in the area rents three sizes of inflatable screens and projectors. And of course, there’s always the Big Mo drive-in theater in Monetta.
Weather, always, is the key. Sesqui, where movie night proceeds go to the Friends of Sesqui group, is relatively new to the outdoor movie scene. About 100 people showed up for the park’s first movie on a perfect night last August. The crowd was much smaller for a Halloween family movie night, with rain in the forecast on a cold night, said park ranger Stacey Jensen.
The fear of summer thunderstorms prompted the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission to limit its movie schedule to weekends in May. But those were so well-attended, the agency is considering adding one June and one July showing, said executive director Randy Gibson.
For movie events at Saluda Shoals and its other parks, the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission rents a screen and projector from FunFlicks Outdoor Movies. John Banks became the local licensee for the national FunFlicks company last summer. He’ll rent 16-foot inflatable screens for backyard parties, 21-foot screens for larger gatherings and 40-foot screens for events such as the ones in parks (Go to www.funflicks.com/columbia-movie-events.html.)
Banks is working with Cayce officials on a July 4 movie event at Historic Columbia Speedway.