Outdoor drive-in movie theatres are becoming hard to find, but outdoor movies have returned to Ithaca in recent years. This summer, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Movies in the Park series with movie nights at Stewart Park throughout August.
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art has hosted free community movie nights with films projected on the side of their iconic east hill building, and Cornell Cinema has offered movies on the Willard Straight Hall terrace the last couple of summers.
Beginning this Friday, Stewart Park will be the site of free movie screenings starting with "The Princess Bride," using inflatable screens provided by FunFlicks Outdoor Movies, a nationwide service with an outlet in Cortland. The series will continue with "Ghostbusters" on August 8th, "Hook" on August 15th, "Back to the Future" on August 22nd, and "The Empire Strikes Back" on Saturday, August 30th.
Refreshments from eateries around town will be available at the movie nights thanks to Ithaca To Go, which will be set up at the event with tablets that will allow moviegoers to order food. The company, which offers delivery service around town for restaurants that don't have their own, will find customers at the park by using a system of marked stakes in the ground around the audience area.
The movie nights begin at 8:30pm, and will be in the field near the Mayor's flagpole garden at Stewart Park, at the southern end of Cayuga Lake.