Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Announcing the 2011 Movie Under the Stars at the Utah State Capitol!

The Capitol Preservation Board is thrilled to annouce the 2011 Movie Under the Stars at the Utah State Capitol! In it's 4th year of production, this film series has grown in popularity and appeal - drawing over 10,000 viewers to the spacious lawn to view family-friendly films such as Goonies, Enchanted, and the locally produced (and crowd favorite) The Sandlot!

We are grateful for our sponsors who have made this series possible. We thank the Utah Care Foundation and the Utah Film Commission for their support, as well as Harmons for donating FREE POPCORN, and Sugar House Awning Industries for contributing our banners and signs. We are proud that this series is produced without state funds and functions soley on contributions from our generous community.

The cinematic line-up this summer will showcase films with an appeal to all ages: Back by popular demand, we will kick off the series on July 1st with The Sandlot - which was made in our very own Utah! On July 15th, crowds will enjoy the quirky, offbeat comedy Napolean Dynamite, and on July 29th the audience will fall in love with mysterious criminal mastermind, Gru, and his minions in the film beloved by adults and children alike - Despicable Me. On August 12th we will bring you one of our favorite eighties teen films (and also a "made in Utah" favorite) Better Off Dead, and we will conclude the summer series with Disney's latest fairytale wonder, Tangled.

Movie Under the Stars Questions and Answers:

Where, exactly, are the movies being shown?

The movies are projectedonto a HUGE outdoor screen, with surround sound, on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. The screen is situated at the bottom of a sloping hill, so every seat is a good seat!

What time do the movies start?

Movies begin at dusk, which is at around 9:00PM in July and 8:45PM in August. Some films last year drew over 1,000 attendees, so it is recommended that you arrive early for good seats!

How early can we come to save our spot?

You are welcome to come as early as you'd like! Feel free to throw down your blankets and pillows and enjoy the pre-movie entertainment.

Are chairs, food, and drink allowed?

Chairs are permitted, but they must be low-profile (under 8 inches) or if over 8-inches, they need to be in the designated chair area. Drinks are permitted and even encouraged, as we do not have on-site food/drink vendors. No alcohol, please. Food is also permitted.

What happens if it rains?

The benefit of checking this blog/the facebook page frequently is that you will know as soon as we have made a decision to cancel a rain due to weather. Shows are not rescheduled if cancelled.

Where do we park?

The best, and safest, place to park is in the Visitors Parking Lot on the east side of the Capitol Building. You are welcome to park along the streets around the Capitol, but pleas ebe very aware of parking signs to avoid tickets!

Are there restrooms?

Yes, inside the Capitol on the 1st floor there are men's and women's restrooms. We have arranged to have the Capitol left open until the film's conclusion to accomodate the restroom needs of our attendees.

Is there live music like there was last year?

Yes! We have some great bands coming this year, and will post the line-up soon!

Are dogs permitted?

Yes, dogs are allowed on Capitol Grounds, but they must be on a leash.


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