It’s summertime, which means warm nights, summer romance, and of course movies in the park. What qualifies a movie for prime park viewing? There are no hard and fast rules, but certain movies have an appeal that can be broadly appreciated in an outdoor setting. Loud audience participation makes some movies better suited for outdoor viewing. Movies that take place outside or during the summer months are also contenders. We’ve gathered a handful of very popular “Movies in the Park” films that you shouldn’t miss.
Baseball, summer vacation, childhood, romance, and s’mores. What’s not to love? The Sandlot is an iconic film and is almost better seen while laying in the grass. Whether you slide into home base or just recline in your lawn chair, this movie is one that should be on your regular summer rotation.
The Sound of Music
This film makes our list due to the built-in audience participation. During the sing-along scene set in the enchanting Austrian Alps, most viewers take it upon themselves to sing Do-Re-Mi along with Maria and the Von Trapps. If you’re a little hesitant or embarrassed by your pipes, fear not. No one will be able to hear you over their own off-key renditions.
The Karate Kid
A cult classic, The Karate Kid is just more fun to watch outside. Surrounded by like-minded wannabe karate kids, you’ll have room to practice your crane kick. Watching the Karate Kid in the park every summer has become a tradition across the country for those who once saw it on the big screen. Grab a t-shirt, and a mentor and head to a park near you! And if someone blocks your view, just sweep the leg, Johnny.
Labyrinth is a fun-for-the-whole-family type of movie. We chose it for our list because it also has a flair of audience participation. During the Bog of eternal stench, fans will often pull out their whoopee cushions. Since you’re outside, you dont have to lower your voice as you scream every time the Goblin King’s balls come on screen. The movie is full of opportunities to use props and yell obscurities at the screen. It’s HOGGLE.
The Princess Bride
A pure cinematic legend, The Princess Bride is simply magical and unquestionably suited for watching in a park. Full of fantasy, sword fights, giants and pirates, this movie is also king of quotes. No one will begrudge you as you yell “Inconceivable!”, or as you introduce yourself as Inigo Montoya. Just be sure to wear one of our shirts to the showing!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show We’ve chosen this classic as a part of our park viewing collection for a few reasons. The songs, the dancing, the liveliness….and the toast! I’m sure we’ve all seen a live-action or midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show…fans get involved. Doing the Time Warp if easier to do in a park than a movie theater, and throwing dry toast outside just means more food for the birds.
The Big Lebowski
Possibly one of the most famous cult classics of all time, this made the list simply because there is nothing greater than relaxing and reclining on a warm night, surrounded by The Dude and his friends. Extra points if you wear our Kaoru Betto shirt!