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Cinema under the stars

Jae Head, foreground left, Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock star in "The Blind Side." The 2009 drama will be shown during Tumwater's Screen on the Green tonight.
Jae Head, foreground left, Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock star in "The Blind Side." The 2009 drama will be shown during Tumwater's Screen on the Green tonight. WARNER BROS.

In August in the Northwest, the good weather has only just begun, and so has the outdoor summer movie season. While Lacey’s summer movie series has just two more weeks, two more series begin tonight.

MOVIES AT THE MANSION

The State Capital Museum’s 3-year-old movie series features old classics with such stars as Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, making it the art-house theater of South Sound outdoor cinema.

“They’re classic movies,” said museum manager Susan Rohrer. “They are not especially children’s movies.

“These kinds of films don’t get seen as frequently, and there’s quite an interest in them.”

The series begins tonight with Cold War icon “Dr. Strangelove.”

“We try to do a nice mix with something fun and something a little mysterious,” Rohrer said.

All ages are welcome at the movies, which are shown on a 10-foot-tall screen in the front yard of the Lord Mansion. (In case of rain, they move to the adjacent Coach House.)

In keeping with the more mature audiences that old black-and-white movies tend to attract, the museum serves free coffee donated by Batdorf & Bronson.

As if to remind us that it rarely gets all that warm in Western Washington, there’s even hot chocolate for sale.

“The first year, we sold lemonade and soft drinks,” Rohrer said, “and we found out that for Movies at the Mansion, the big seller is hot chocolate.”

SCREEN ON THE GREEN

Tumwater Parks and Recreation launches its sixth annual Screen on the Green with “The Blind Side,” a 2009 drama about a young man battling the odds to become a professional football player.

“We pick popular family films and things that have come out recently,” said Kathryn Baria, Tumwater’s recreation coordinator.

Rain or shine, the films are shown outdoors on an 18-foot-by-24-foot inflatable screen.

She said the Tumwater films are offered in August in part so they don’t compete with the ones in Lacey that happen earlier in the summer. “We try to give people who want to watch movies outside as much opportunity as possible to do so,” she said.

“Most often, the weather is unpredictable in the earlier parts of the summer time,” she added.

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