The West Hill Neighborhood Organization and Akron Digital Media Center will have its second annual free outdoor movie night Sept.14 in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron. The selected film will be The Princess Bride," preceded by audience storytelling around the theme "Real Life Heroes."
Visitors are encouraged to picnic on the Great Meadow and are welcome to bring their own low chairs, blankets and flashlights. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be sold with proceeds to benefit WHNO.
Parking will be available outside the main gate in the new city parking lot on Glendale Avenue and across the street from the West entrance at January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 W. Exchange St. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and trolleys provided by the City of Akron will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow until 8:30 p.m. and then resume following the movie. The Civil War Memorial Chapel will be open for visitors prior to the film.
The evening's entertainment will begin at 8 p.m., shortly after sunset, with ADMC hosting an open mic story-telling time for audience members.
"This year we picked the theme 'Real life heroes and how they've impacted our lives,'" said Chris Miller, Director of the Akron Digital Media Center. "So come and share your own stories of heroes, giants, villains, wizards and true love."
At 8:30 p.m., the featured film, "The Princess Bride," will begin. The movie is a family-friendly fairy tale with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. In the opening scene, Peter Falk, in his role as the grandfather, tells Fred Savage, "When I was your age, television was called books."
"Since then, the Internet may have threatened to displace books, television and even big screen films," said WHNO Board Member, Rich Hoselton, "But for one night, the audience can rewind 26 years and see this timeless comedy on the big screen, under the stars."
In the case of rain, the event will be moved to Sept. 15 at the same times. For weather updates, call 330-310-0033 or visit the WHNO website at whno.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/westhillneighborhood. The event is free, but donations are welcome.