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Free outdoor movies start downtown on Thursday night

Original post made on Jul 8, 2009

Drive-in movies are coming back to Pleasanton, but this time you don't need a car and can just walk into a park for an evening of free outdoor entertainment downtown.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 4:56 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Seems Simple to Me, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

I love the outdoor movie idea. How about changing locations occasionally? There are lots of great family neighborhoods (Birdland or?) that have parks perfect for an outdoor viewing. This would provide a great venue for getting the neighbors together...does everything have to always be downtown?

Posted by Clear to me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

The reason behind this location is:

"This is the first of four outdoor movies the city of Pleasanton will offer this summer, part of the effort the city government and merchants are making to attract more residents downtown"

Posted by Seems Simple to Me, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

Got it. Still would be a future change the venue.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I think some people just don't realize how important a thriving downtown really is. I selected my home based on the ability to walk to the downtown area. If there was no downtown I probably would have selected to live elsewhere. I appreciate that my city tries in many ways to keep the downtown alive and community oriented. I don't want to see any more merchants leaving due to the lack of sales.

Posted by Get the facts, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Don't beleive that a lack of sales is the sole culprit to the empty storefronts downtown. High rents is another cause. Many landlords take not only rent, but a percentage of the gross. One landlord I know has no vacancies at this time because he does not do this, and charges a fair rent. He beleives that it is better to have paying tenants than squeezing every possible dollar out of them and risk having them leave.

Owners need to look in the mirror and see what it is they can do to help.

Posted by All Riled up, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I believe all the problems downtown are a result of the Bush administration and perpetuated by the Obama administration.

Posted by Ken, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Knowing Pleasantonian behavior from Shakespeare in Amador Park, you can count on high-backed chairs up front.

Posted by movie fan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Thank you Mayor Hosterman, I heard that this was your idea. One suggestion...would appreciate G movies since this is a family outing.

Posted by GO GIANTS, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

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Posted by PG Okay, a resident of Foothill Place
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Since the movies can't start until dark, it is fine that they are PG. Many kids who would enjoy a G rated movie will be sound asleep by 8:30. Not everything has to be geared toward young kids, there are many older kids in Pleasanton too. Thanks to Pleasanton officials for planning a great outing for families in Pleasanton.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I too think PG is appropriate for the time of evening. Before or after the movie this aged child could grab a snack downtown and enjoy a full family outing. Younger children would be fast asleep. This way the goal of bringing families downtown to have fun and perhaps purchase can be achieved. I think it's a great idea and kids in this age bracket truly do need something to do. My praises for the idea. I hope attendees are considerate of each other over the course of the evening and tend to their trash when the fun has ended.

Posted by Love P-Town, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I think it's a great idea. Doesn't have to be all about kids. People without them would like to enjoy their night too.
Hopefully people will come and have fun, spend money and be nice.
It's all about downtown. Plan your own neighborhood events if you want but don't take away from the City trying to boost Downtown sales.

<3 P-Town!

Posted by P-Towner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

Wow, that was fun! Thanks for the free pop corn, Thriving Ink!

Posted by jenelle dronkers, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Thanks to everyone who came out and waited in line for the popcorn! We just can't seem to find a big enough popcorn machine! :) Last thursday we gave out 400 bags of popcorn! Cannot wait for School of Rock! See ya'll downtown!
Thriving Ink

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