The City of New Westminster is once again hosting a free outdoor movie series in Queen’s Park Stadium.
There’s something truly special about coming with your kids, neighbours and friends to stretch out on a blanket under the stars for a show. Even the mosquitoes can’t get you down.
Stadium doors open at 7pm and movies start at dusk (approximately 9pm). Movies are only shown on fair weather days. If you aren’t sure if it’ll be cancelled, you can call 604-527-4634 to ask. For other questions, try 604-515-3775.
This year’s movie lineup is full of goodies:
July 10: Footloose
The most recent NWSS high school musical reminded us all of how fun this show is. Here’s your chance to see the Kevin Bacon version again.
Star power: Kevin Bacon!
IMDB summary: “A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.”
July 17: Grease sing-along
Another nod to the local high school musicals here – got to be lots of kids around town who know all the words to ‘Greased Lightning’ by now. NWPCR had me at ‘sing-along.’
Star power: Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing
IMDB summary: “Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?”
July 24: How to Train Your Dragon 2
While I dislike numbered sequels for the lack of imagination in the title, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is actually worth seeing. Everyone will enjoy the same energy and thrills of the first film (who wouldn’t like to imagine riding a dragon?) and mom and dad will appreciate seeing parents on screen who are more than just background props.
Star power: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington
IMDB summary: “When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.”
July 31: Toy Story 2
We can just call it, “The Sequel That Doesn’t Suck 2.”
Star power: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen
IMDB summary: “When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.”
August 7: Guardians of the Galaxy
Moving away from nostalgic classics, we get an irresistible space opera. Talking raccoons and trees aside, it may be a bit mature for some younger kids.
Star power: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
IMDB summary: A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
August 14: Rio 2
The Rio movies are silly and hip, with catchy tunes and loads of jokes aimed at the kids.
Star power: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway
IMDB summary: “It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.”
August 21: Aladdin
I just might cry when I hear Robin Williams’ genie again.
Star power: Robin Williams
IMDB summary: “When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her”
August 28: Big Hero 6
Star power: Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph
IMDB summary: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.”