There was a time when going to the movies took place either in a theater, or in your car at a drive-in. The first was great for date night, but not so much for the little ones. The second was great for the kids (they can fall asleep in the back of your station wagon — I mean, SUV), but drive-ins are few and far between these days. Not to mention, for me, neither is very comfortable. So when summer time rolls around each year, I look forward to copping a squat picnic style and watching outdoor movies in the park. This summer, Salt Lake City is playing host to several weekly venues for outdoor movies.
The Gallivan Center – Monday Night Movies
Every Monday night in Salt Lake City’s official outdoor living room, the Gallivan Center, you can bring the whole family to see an outdoor movie. But don’t forget your whip and your fedora. Beginning June 20, 2011 and running weekly (except for the 4th of July), the Gallivan Center will welcome the intrepid archeologist, Indiana Jones. All four flicks will be played to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original release of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The show starts at dusk and should wrap up around 11 p.m. Parking is available on the street, but consider using the local Park and Ride stations around the valley and taking Trax, instead. The Gallivan Center is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City between 200 and 300 South, and State Street and Main Street. You can find a map on the Gallivan Center website. Please keep in mind that the Gallivan Center is a smoke-free venue, and it may be a good idea to leave Fido at home, as well.
Salt Lake City – Friday Night Flicks
“Despicable Me” and “Big” are just two of the seven blockbuster titles scheduled for Salt Lake City’s traveling outdoor movie events this summer. Friday Night Flicks will play on seven consecutive Friday Nights beginning June 3, 2011 at Liberty Park, located in downtown Salt Lake City at 700 East 1000 South. Friday Night Flicks is more than just a movie in the park however, with community booths open at 8 p.m. and free popcorn while it lasts. Shows will begin around 9 p.m. and should run for a couple of hours, depending upon the film played. For a complete list of movies, visit the official website for Friday Night Flicks outdoor movies in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City Government
The Gallivan Center
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