The State Capital Museums Movies at the Mansion and Tumwaters Screen on the Green begin tonight, while the City of Laceys summer film series has two more Saturday nights to go.
Grab a chair and a blanket or a sweater, because this is the Northwest version of summer and head outside for a flick.
Movies at the Mansion the museums sophisticated series offers classics that arent often seen on big screens or small, plus free coffee. The series runs every Friday in August and will kick off with "Citizen Kane."
We try to pick things that are entertaining and engaging, films that maybe people can rediscover, said museum manager Susan Rohrer.
With that in mind, the museum staff takes into consideration whether a film is shown a lot on cable channels and whether its been shown recently in the local community.
Since we started doing this, we noticed some other local groups showing classic films, she said. Weve inspired people.
Also important is that a film not be too loud (which eliminates musicals) and not have content that would be offensive to modern audiences.
A popular example is Breakfast at Tiffanys. Thats a film we wanted to show, she said, but the portrayal of the Asian-American character is so unacceptable that we cant show it.
Now in its fifth year, the series has become a tradition, especially in the South Capitol neighborhood, where the museum is located. I started getting inquiries in April, Rohrer said.
Weve had people coming on dates to the movies and bringing picnics, and people hosting dinners in the neighborhood and then taking everyone to the movies, she said. And kind of like when people set their chairs out on Capital Way for a parade, people set chairs up sometimes on Friday morning on the front lawn.
Ive had people from the East Coast say to me, What are all these chairs doing out, and how come no one takes them?
Because there are five Fridays in August this year, the museum is offering a fifth movie on the Friday before Labor Day.
"It will be interesting to see how we do with that holiday weekend Friday, Rohrer said. And its the full moon.
Note for pessimists: In case of rain, films are shown in the Coach House.
Tumwaters Screen on the Green brings recent films to an inflatable screen at Tumwater Valley Golf Course just after sunset.
We just pick recently released films, said Kathryn Baria, Tumwaters recreation coordinator. We find things that are family friendly and suitable for a wide variety of people to watch.
Because sunset is so late at the height of summer, the first film is usually rated PG-13.
Thats true of this years first offering, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The film will be the same edited version shown on airplanes, rather than the theatrical version. I havent seen the edited version, Baria said.
The films are shown rain or shine.