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Movie Blog: Movies + Mpls. Parks = Summer

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Last weekend, when the weather was just about perfect — 80s, sunny and dry — I was making my way back home and went past a house with a front porch. The owners had set up their giant LCD television on a stand on one end of the porch and were watching a movie from the other end.

Seriously, what says “summer” more delightfully than watching a movie in the warm dusk of a beautiful day?

The City of Minneapolis obviously agrees. They’re kicking off their Movies in the Parks series next Monday with a “screening” of Game 7 in the 1987 World Series. (OK, I guess maybe there are some other things that say “summer” as nicely as nighttime movies.)

The “Lund’s Classic Baseball Nights” mini-series aside, there are dozens and dozens (and dozens and dozens) of legitimate movies playing at a number of Minneapolis parks throughout the summer. Some of the movies they’re playing include items in the following categories:

New Releases
* Despicable Me
* Transformers 2
* Tangled
* True Grit

* Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
* The Goonies
* Back to the Future
* The Wizard of Oz
* Vertigo

* The Sandlot
* Madagascar
* How to Train Your Dragon
* Up

Date Night
* Not Date Night, oddly enough.

Click here for a full listing of the movies and parks involved. Movies are free and always start 15 minutes after sundown.

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