Vashon Film Society wraps up summer with a celluloid bow and presents its tenth annual Outdoor Movie Night at the historic Vashon Theatre on Saturday, August 27. VFS will screen the whimsical More »
Vashon Film Society wraps up summer with a celluloid bow and presents its tenth annual Outdoor Movie Night at the historic Vashon Theatre on Saturday, August 27.
VFS will screen the whimsical 1971 musical “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the beloved original film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel. The free screening outside under the stars next to the Vashon Theatre hopes to provide “a world of pure imagination” for all audience members.
The outdoor movie show is the film society’s annual gift to the community and supports the group’s mission of “preserving the Vashon Theatre as THE place on Vashon to see films.”
Because this is the tenth anniversary of the end-of-summer tradition, VFS and the Vashon Theatre have dreamed up a whole slate of family fun. Stageworks is furnishing a giant high definition screen that will be set up in the Theatre’s parking lot. The festivities will include a Golden Ticket candy bar contest and music, cartoons, and shorts before the feature. There will be a beer garden for the adults, a scrumdiddlyumptious cake from Snapdragon Bakery, and commemorative Violet Beauregarde bubble gum for kids.
Movie lovers are invited to bring picnics, low back chairs and blankets and to set up early in the Theatre’s parking lot. “Willy Wonka” will play at dusk (about 9 pm), and the Vashon Theatre concession stand will sell popcorn and treats before and during the show.
And after the Gene Wilder family favorite wraps up at 10:30, one final event will unspool for night owls: a special late night horror flick at 11 o’clock! The John Carpenter classic “They Live” will wrap up the night.
With ever-changing technology and expanding choices on how to see films, running a movie theater has never been an easy living. The Vashon Film Society was formed more than twenty years ago to rally support and enthusiasm for the island’s endangered cinema house. But the decade-long tradition of an outdoor family movie in summer – plus the Art Film series, the Tuesday night GreenTech community screenings, big screen showings of National Theatre Live and Bolshoi Ballet productions, and the Oscar Night scholarship benefit – have all highlighted the vital presence of our community’s beloved movie theater in the heart of Vashon.
You see them on the street. You watch them on TV.
You may even vote for one this fall.
You think they’re people just like you.
You are wrong. Dead wrong!