Watching a favorite movie outside under a blanket of stars – what better way to spend a summer evening? Cedar Valley residents can enjoy the experience this summer at Movies Under the Moon at Overman Park in Cedar Falls and Cinema on the Cedar at the RiverLoop Amphitheater in Waterloo.
“Movies Under the Moon” opens June 3 and “Cinema on the Cedar” begins June 9. Both series are free and open to the public.
“This is our 19th season at Overman Park,” said Kim Bear, executive director of Cedar Falls Community Main Street. “Movies under the moon” have become a tradition in downtown Cedar Falls. People are looking forward to the season. This is one of those lovely free Friday events that you can enjoy with the whole family. It’s fun to provide the community with something like this to do during the summer.
There are six films on the schedule, starting with “Trolls World Tour” on Friday. On June 17, “The Greatest Showman” will air on the giant inflatable screen, followed by “Soul” on July 15 and “Remember the Titans” on July 29. “Frozen II” airs August 12, in conjunction with the Cedar Falls Historical Society’s current exhibit, “Fire & Ice: Cedar Falls Ice Houses,” and the 100th anniversary of the Cedar Falls Ice House at 121 Center St. “Adventures in Babysitting” is the final film in the series on August 26. .
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Members of the Cedar Valley Guitar Association will perform beginning at 7 p.m. and the film will begin at dusk or around 9 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for extra comfort. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Overman Park is located at 316 W. Third St. in Cedar Falls. The film series is hosted by Community Main Street, Hearst Center for the Arts and Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls.
Bear said it takes about five minutes to inflate the screen. “It’s fun for the audience to watch it inflate to its maximum size. The majority of the work is trying to deflate it, roll it up and put it away after the movie.
Four years ago, the RiverLoop Amphitheater was transformed into a movie theater under the stars for the first time, said Kent Shankle, executive director of the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
The series grew out of the positive reaction from audiences attending an outdoor film shown during My Waterloo Days several years ago. “The series was made possible with the support of a surprise grant from the Black Hawk Gaming Association which was used to purchase the cinema screen,” he explained.
The 39-foot inflatable screen fills the space under the canopy of the iconic steel-framed structure. The amphitheater opened in 2012 and has become a popular venue for performances with the Cedar River as a backdrop.
This season begins on June 9 with the beloved movie “ET The Extra-Terrestrial” during My Waterloo Days. It’s the 40th anniversary of this Stephen Spielberg classic that premiered in 1982. On July 8, “Encanto” will premiere in conjunction with WCA’s “Fiesta” Latino heritage celebration, and on August 25, “Hairspray.” will be presented as part of Cedar Valley Pridefest.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the movie will start at 9 p.m. or at dusk. Concessions will be available for purchase.
The amphitheater is located at 225 Commercial St., adjacent to the Waterloo Center for the Arts along Cedar Street. It seats around 600 people and the area can accommodate crowds of up to 1,000 people.
Shankle hopes the public won’t be intimidated by the construction work in the square. “We will have signs to show people how to enter. The best way is through the Art Mall – look for the large blue guitar sculpture and climb those steps and head into the amphitheater. It is also accessible through the main entrance of our center and through the building for people who cannot climb stairs or have accessibility needs,” he explained.
“Cinema on the Cedar” is sponsored by Veridian Credit Union.
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