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08/07/2003 Archived Entry: "Walk-In Movies"
Posted by CKL @ 11:46 AM PST

I was in downtown San Jose last night to see a free screening of Iron Monkey, the second movie in the Cinema San Pedro outdoor film series. If you live in the bay area, I highly recommend checking it out; it happens every Wednesday night through September 3rd.

The movie was a lot of fun, but the environment also added to the experience-- there was some crowd noise, and got colder as the night went on, but even the streetlight and occasional pedestrians blocking my view of the screen weren't hugely annoying. And that's saying something, since I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to seeing movies. I guess the promoters were successful in selling this as "an event" instead of just a movie.

If I had just wanted to see the movie, I could have rented the DVD and watched it at home. But then I wouldn't have gone out to dinner, chatted with my friends, watched the martial arts demonstration during intermission, or seen the wacky rabbit guy playing his trumpet on the sidewalk. The play's the thing, but it's not a performance without an audience.

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