“The Princess Bride” is the first movie of four to be shown every Saturday in August at the Summer Cinema on Center Street events

Tomorrow at 6:00 pm sees the launch of the city’s first Summer Outdoor Movie series in downtown Berkeley — and The Princess Bride is the kick-off movie.

Center Street will be closed to traffic between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street, and, in the run-up to the screening, many local restaurants will be serving special dishes and providing café-style dining from 6:00 pm onwards.

Pirate and princess costumes are encouraged for this screening, and there will prizes for the best ones. Entertainers from the Downtown MusicFest will be on hand to serenade you with steel drums, violins, and Brazilian guitars. The movie itself will be shown at 8:30 p.m.

The inaugural Summer Outdoor Movie series takes place on the four Saturdays in August. Next up, on August 13 is Up; dust off your safari attire forRaiders of the Lost Ark on August 20; and, on August 27, dress as your favorite character from The Big Lebowski. Pre-feature cartoons and short films will round out the evenings.

The movies will be projected onto the west wall of the old UC Printing Plant Building, future site of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Bank of America parking lot will serve as the seating area for movie-goers (chairs will be available to hire for $5.00 each, or people can bring their own).

The “Center Street Summer Cinema” series, which Berkeleyside is proud to sponsor, is easily accessible by BART, AC Transit, and bicycle.

Visit Downtown Berkeley Association for more information.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Eric: Thanks for the suggestion. We have had this idea on our story list for a while so it’s good you gave us the nudge. We will get to it as soon as we can.

    Also glad you enjoyed the movie night…

  2. Also, Berkeleyside, idea for a story — could you give some coverage on the berkeley host program?  Those folks were out in numbers at the event.  They were very friendly and though I’ve seen them for some time, I never knew what they did, exactly.  I chatted one up and learned that they provide dining recommendations for downtown restaurants and work with police to get street people into shelters, particularly obnoxious ones.  They have 2 beds reserved at the nearby shelter.  Would be awesome to get a more detailed look at this:  how effective are they?  (2 beds doesn’t seem like much).  

    Kudos to the BPD officer who was moving the obnoxious street person at the shattuck bus stop elsewhere.  

  3. Great event with terrific turnout, including many families with children.  Take that, naysayers!

    Feedback for next time:  there wasn’t really a good integration with the nearby restaurants.  We wandered over to Arinell and brought back a pizza.  It would be awesome if the Center street restaurants could be convinced to have a few “tasting menu” items.  If you’re setting up chairs for the movie, you don’t really want to leave them to go sit down in a restaurant.  And yet it would be great to be able to try the fare at the restaurants that are making these events possible.  Please make that possible.