Whistler’s Outdoor Cinema Series: Let’s Go to the Movies!
June 6, 1933. A crowd of eager motorists park their cars at the first-ever drive in, in Camden, New Jersey. Since then, drive-in movies became increasingly popular until they hit their peak popularity in the late 1950s. Since that time, people have tried to emulate the experience of outdoor cinema, setting up projectors in parks, driveways and cul-de-sacs across North America..
There’s a group of movie-loving rascals that adore films here in the Sea to Sky, and that’s the team from the Whistler Film Festival. Each summer they produce our very own ‘cinema under the stars’, doing their best to recreate the magic of the drive-in, right here in Whistler.
From August 12th to September 2nd, gather in Creekside Village at the base of Whistler Mountain for the show. Movies start at dusk, and you can feel free to bring a picnic to start your evening. Just make sure you pack out what you pack in so you don’t attract our furry friends! Be sure to pack some bug spray since sometimes those pesky mosquitos get a little frisky, and bring a warm blanket to take away the chill of a cool mountain evening.
Chairs are by donation and it goes to a great cause, supporting The Whistler Film Festival Society. Or you can bring your own- camping, inflatable, pillow, bean bag- whatever keeps you comfy!
Monday, August 12th
This 1986 Oscar nominated film tells the journey of four young friends to find the remains of a missing teenager. An adaptation of a Stephen King short story, this classic film features an all-star cast including River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton and Kiefer Sutherland. It’s a nail biter, tear jerker and nostalgic masterpiece that will make you wish you were a kid again.
Monday, August 19th
Bueller? …Bueller? If you don’t know this 1986 gem, you better high tail it down to Creekside Village for this screening. Ferris Bueller will be your new favourite high school wise guy, you’ll want to be (or date) his girlfriend Sloan, and your new best friend? Why Cameron of course! This classic tale tells the story of Ferris, who is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks.
Monday, August 26th
Before the era of mind-blowing special effects, there was a talented young Director named Steven Speilberg (you may have heard of him?) with a creative idea bigger than 1982 could deliver… but deliver it, he did. Speilberg created one of the world’s most loved children’s movies. Sure, E.T. may have been a puppet played by a 2”10 stuntman, but this little weirdo captured the imagination of children everywhere. A perfect little family picture to enjoy on a summer’s eve.
Monday, September 2nd
WFF’s most current flick in the summer series is one who’s namesake has enthralled audiences generation after generation after generation. The song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in 1975, it reignited in 1985 after Queen’s legendary appearance at Live Aid, then reappeared to thrill movie goers after being featured in Wayne’s World in 1992. Fast forward to 2018, when Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury stuns audiences, and Bohemian Rhapsody wins 4 Oscars including Best Actor. A film not to be missed!