By Mary O’KEEFE
Last weekend over 400 people enjoyed outdoor movie experiences at the Montrose Sixth Annual Film Festival.
The outdoor movies were shown in the parking lot of Andersen’s Pet Shop in the 2200 block of Honolulu Avenue, a throwback to Montrose’s past. The Montrose Theater burned down in the 1987; the charred utility pole that still stands in the parking lot is a reminder of that devastating fire.
This year the movies shown were “Jumanji” on Friday night and on Saturday “Hook” was screened – both Robin Williams’ films. Originally “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was scheduled for Saturday but the organizers decided to present a more family-friendly film and continue the Robin Williams theme.
Over 200 patrons each night filled the seats. There was free popcorn and patrons could order their food from local restaurants and have it delivered to them without leaving their seats. Prom Plus Club members were “car hops” taking orders and delivering food.
Crescenta Valley High School Falkon Robotics Club was also on hand to introduce their robot program to the audience prior to the films being shown.
Dwight Sityar of Early Rodders brought classic car enthusiasts who parked their impressive vehicles next to the temporary movie theater as passersby admired the cars, and envied the owners.
There were also musical performances prior to the movies by the Honolulu Avenue Strummers.
“Listening to the sounds of the Honolulu Avenue Strummers followed by movies under the stars, the Film Fest weekend appeared to be a hit with 225-plus viewers who attended each evening,” said Steve Pierce, event organizer. “As one of the viewers mentioned to me at the end of the performance, ‘This was really enjoyable … see you next year.’ That’s what keeps all of us inspired.”
The Montrose Shopping Park Association sponsors the Montrose Annual Film Festival. The MSPA sponsors several events throughout the year that support both the businesses within the shopping park and those that shop in Montrose.