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Downtown Summer Cinema series closes with bang

More than 500 people turned out on Saturday night to enjoy a free screening of "The Big Lebowski". Photo: D.H. Parks
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The finale of Center Street Summer Cinema, a free outdoor movie series launched this year by the Downtown Berkeley Association and sponsored by Berkeleyside, was deemed a success.

An estimated 500 people turned out to see The Big Lebowski, a quintessential Berkeley movie if ever there was one, which was shown on the side of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.

Before the feature, participants enjoyed free entertainment from Oakland’s Fire Collective … Continue reading »

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Reminder: Free screening of ‘The Big Lebowski’ tonight

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Tonight sees the grand finale of Center Street Summer Cinema, an outdoor movie series in downtown Berkeley sponsored by Berkeleyside.

The Big Lebowski will screen on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot at around 8:30pm.

Before the main feature starts, from 6:00pm onwards, moviegoers are encouraged to eat al fresco, enjoy musical entertainment — from Laura Weinbach of Foxtails Brigade on violin and the Fire Arts Collective – enjoy pre-movie … Continue reading »

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Summer Cinema: Screening The Big Lebowski Saturday

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We’ve had The Princess Bride, Pixar’s Up, and Raiders of the
Lost Ark
 — and every week the number of participants has swelled at the Center Street outdoor Summer Cinema series, as people take advantage of a pedestrianized street, great food and drink options and a free movie screening.

Saturday sees the grand finale with The Big Lebowski showing on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.

“We’re expecting … Continue reading »

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ screening at Summer Cinema

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Last week an estimated 350 people turned out to enjoy a free screening of Up, the second in the series of four free outdoor movie screenings on Center Street in downtown Berkeley.

Saturday sees Raiders of the Lost Ark which will be shown on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America car park.

The Summer Cinema series, organized by the Downtown Berkeley Association, sees Center Street closed to traffic. Before the main feature starts, … Continue reading »

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Video: City welcomes Summer Cinema on Center Street

Kim Aronson, a regular contributor to Berkeleyside, spent Saturday evening in downtown Berkeley enjoying a free screening of Up, courtesy of the newly launched Center Street Summer Cinema series. He shot the short video above to share with us. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Summer Cinema event kicks off on Center St

Movie-goers at the inaugural Summer Cinema event, with a Seurat treatment. Photo: Ira Serkes
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The night was less than balmy, but that didn’t deter around 250 people making their way to Center Street Saturday evening for the first of four Summer Cinema free outdoor screenings.

Some participants brought their own chairs and blankets, others rented fold-up chairs at the booth of the organizers, the Downtown Berkeley Association. Radiant Brand’s Steven Donaldson was spotted carrying in a whole selection of seating possibilities, including a wooden chair wrenched from the ground in his garden.

Pre-movie entertainment … Continue reading »

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Costume contests match movies at new cinema series

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The countdown is on for the city’s first Summer Outdoor Movie series which will take place on the four Saturdays in August on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. And costume contests, tied in to the free screenings, will be part of the fun for movie-goers.

Each film will be preceded with a costume contest with thematic prizes at 7:30 pm, MC’d by local dignitaries.

On August 6, wear your pirate costume to watch The Princess Bride; on August 13 sport the goofiest bow tie or wear the most scout badges for Up; dust off your safari attire for Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 20; and, on August 27, dress as your favorite character from The Big Lebowski. Pre-feature cartoons and short films will round out the evenings.

Center Street will be closed to traffic between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street while entertainers from the Downtown MusicFest will be on hand to serenade you with steel drums, violins, and Brazilian guitars. … Continue reading »

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Four films selected for Center St outdoor movie series

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The votes are in and four films have been chosen for the inaugural Center Street Summer Cinema series which kicks off on Saturday August 6.

The movies will be Princess Bride on August 6, Up on August 13, Raiders of The Lost Ark on August 20, and The Big Lebowski on August 27.

The selection was made according to votes submitted by Berkeleyside readers and other Berkeleyans in a survey orchestrated by the Downtown Berkeley Association, the lead organizer of the event.

The movies will be projected onto the west wall of the old UC Printing Plant Building, future site of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Bank of America parking lot will serve as the seating area for movie-goers (chairs will be available to hire for $5.00 a pop).

The screenings will preceded by food, drink, and entertainment on Center Street which will be closed for the events. Berkeleyside is proud to be the lead media sponsor of this exciting new addition to the Berkeley summer calendar. … Continue reading »

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Summer movie series launches in downtown Berkeley: Vote for the films you want to see

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Today sees the launch of “Center Street Summer Cinema” — free screenings of movies under the stars in downtown Berkeley on four consecutive Saturdays in August. Berkeleyside is proud to be the lead media sponsor of this exciting new addition to the Berkeley summer calendar.

Center Street will be the place to be on the evenings of August 6, 13, 20 and 27. At least 15 local restaurants — including Alborz Persian Restaurant and Sportivo will serve café-style specials on or near the street, which will be closed to traffic between Shattuck and Oxford starting at 6:30pm.

Movie-goers can come early to dine al fresco while being entertained by performers from the Downtown Berkeley MusicFest. Other fun activities being planned for the events — which are being orchestrated by the Downtown Berkeley Association — include cartoons, short features, face painting, all of which will precede the main movie screenings. … Continue reading »

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