Summertime Movies

So many great things about the summer season, no school, warm weather, picnics and BBQ’s, vacations and going to the movies. It is always a good time to catch a flix down at the local theater, but there is something about the summer season that makes it a little better.

It’s the season of the “blockbuster” movies. Most of the big action movies come out in the summertime, have you noticed that? Right now, in the theaters you have the choice of “Top Gun: Maverick” or “Jurassic Park: Dominion”, both movies have been anticipated for release for a long time now and finally have made it to the big screen. So many of the big movies get released in the summertime, it’s something else to look forward to and plan.

Some of the biggest movies of all time were released in the summer months: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars IV” (memorial day weekend, 1977…it counts as summer) and one of my all time favorites…”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. We went opening night and it was so crowded we had to sit in the first row. (I think my neck is still sore from it, LOL) What is your favorite blockbuster movie?

The year E.T. came out I was 11 years old. There were not a lot of movies playing near us that was suitable for my age group. But it was summertime and when it’s hot and you can’t get to a pool, you go to the movies. My brother was such a good sport; he took me to see E.T. like 8 times. Thank you, Donnie, I know you must have hated it.

As I got older, the gang would get together for an afternoon show or, if nobody else wanted to go, I would go by myself. I love to go to the movies alone…all I want to do is concentrate on the movie and my popcorn and candy. The first movie I saw by myself was in the summer. It was “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick. I don’t know why, but I wanted to see it and nobody else did, so my parents dropped me off and picked me back up and thus began my love for Matthew Broderick, which continues today. I was 13 years old.

When people in my group started driving, we would head over to the Edmondson Drive In and hang out for the double show. I don’t remember getting all loud and rowdy like you see Drive Ins shown on film, but we might have snuck a few people in by throwing them in the trunk, my memory is a little fuzzy. We were sad the night it closed, I don’t think we went that night, but I do remember going shortly before it closed for good. In my mind, I think one of the films we saw was a Michael J. Fox movie, maybe “Doc Hollywood”, but I can’t be sure.

I love a good drive-in theater, I don’t know why, but it reminds me of summertime back in day, like the 50s and 60s. In fact, I think I would have loved to live back then. Going to the drive-in and then going for a hamburger at the malt shop after. Or….maybe I have just watched “Grease” too many times and want to live out some Frenchie fantasy.

The one thing I am not fond of when it comes to movies in the summer is the movies in the park. They used to show movies around Columbia Lake. It sounds like a lot of fun, and it probably is for some people, but you can never hear the movie, kids are running all around…it can be a real mess. I remember one time we went to see “Yellow Submarine” down at the lake. But we could only get a spot on the lawn off to the side, so we couldn’t see the screen, we could barely hear the music or dialogue. I did not have a good time and I think that was the last time I went to an outside movie.

Nowadays, I am more about sitting home and watching movies. I still make some popcorn and bring out some candy, but I like the comfort of watching what I want, when I want. I totally want to see “Maverick” and “Jurassic Park”, but I will wait till they hit streaming and then binge watch the older movies before I watch the new one. Does that make me old? Maybe. Does that make me boring? Maybe. But it makes me happy and that’s all that matters. In fact, I think this afternoon I am going to make some popcorn and watch “Ferris Bueller” because, “Life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

***Question for the comments…when you think about movies in the summer, what’s comes to mind? Did you used to go to outdoor movies or drive-ins? What is your favorite movie snack? What is your favorite big blockbuster movie?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

6 thoughts on “Summertime Movies

  1. Saw “Grease” in Ocean City becauee it was raining and what else do you do at the beach with 4 kids when it’s raining? And…Animal House! I know I went to a drive-in, just don’t remember what I saw. The ONLY movie I ever went to by myself was the first Downtown Abbey movie because…well..Downton Abbey! Haven’t seen the new one yet. I, too, like staying home.

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  2. We just saw Top Gun at the drive in! We have one that we go to about an hour and a half from us, but we try to get there once or twice each summer. So much fun!!

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