Film and TV

Cheapskate's Guide to Film: Two Free Outdoor Movies for Saturday Night

Any excuse to enjoy an evening outdoors is welcome, but a free movie -- be it in a pool or lounging lazily on a patch of grass -- will always top the list. Tomorrow night launches AT&T Center's outdoor film series, and it's kicking off with a screening of The Truman Show. For those who RSVP, there are chairs. For those of you who just want to stretch out and picnic, there's your favorite blanket. In past years you had to fork over cash for bevies, which turns "awesome cool outdoor free movie night" into a few more dollars spent while chillin' in the Arts District. But wouldn't you know it, those folks love you so they changed the rules. Now you can bring your own booze! (Soft-sided coolers only, so don't be a jerk and ruin it for everyone by scraping that keg across the lawn.) You can also ransack your snack cave for takealongs, so pack up your tastiest basket and best cheap date and head over to Strauss Square (2403 Flora Street) for a night of moonbathing on the lawn. (Hand-holding is strongly encouraged.) The film starts at 8:30 p.m., but you should get there early to stake out a good cuddle spot.

These public gifts happen once a month, with the closing installment scheduled for October 13; there will not be movies in July and August because let's face it: it's hotter than a den of sin at that point of the Summer. For those of you who already over-booked tomorrow night, there's always June 16: they're screening Basquiat!

Personally, I don't trust killer whales. Never have. I got splashed by one once and he had a wild look in his eye. Menacing. For those who don't have irrational concerns with orcas, the Fairmont Hotel is screening Free Willy II and it's doing it... poolside. Anyone can go and slip into the water for this dive-in series, which begins at 8:30 p.m. You'll have to purchase drinks, but you get a rooftop evening view of the city and a complimentary flick. Thanks for that, Fairmont.

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Jamie Laughlin
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