Friday, August 15, 2008

Bellevue presents Hot Summer Nights

Catch a free outdoor movie with the whole family


By DELLA SENTILLES
Express Staff Writer

Bellevue is channeling the good old days of American life with Hot Summer Nights, a weekly free outdoor screening of a classic film that the whole family can enjoy.

Tammy Eaton of Bellevue started Hot Summer Nights to bring back a favorite personal pastime and to support economic development in Bellevue.

"For me, this is about my past," Eaton said. "With Hot Summer Nights I'm trying to re-energize and re-create going to the drive-in as a family on the weekend."

Eaton tries to pick movies that are funny and family friendly. She also encourages families to eat and shop at local spots before catching the flick.

"We thought of doing it in a park at first," Eaton said. "But I just thought for exposure and to combine the economic development side of things, it would be better to have it at a location on Main Street."

The movie starts around dusk at the corner of Elm and Main streets on the north wall of the Rosewood Guitar Store in Bellevue.

This Friday, catch "The Apple Dumpling Gang," a goofy comedy featuring the late Don Knotts of "The Andy Griffith Show."

"The Apple Dumpling Gang" follows the lives of three orphaned siblings in Quake City, Calif. After an earthquake, the three children stumble upon a large gold nugget worth tens of thousands of dollars. Yet with more money, comes more problems, and so they agree to give the gold to two bumbling outlaws. The only catch: They have to steal it from a vault at the bank where it has been placed for safekeeping.

Screenings will run through August.




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