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.
And you'll probably need a blanket or two as temperatures stay moderate during the day and dip into the 50s again tonight.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. tonight, the sunset willing, "Kung Fu Panda" will be on the silver screen that will be set up in Delucchi Park on First Street between Angela and Neal streets. The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Animated Films, is rated PG and promises to offer enjoyment for viewers of all ages.
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. The area in front of the screen will be cordoned off in sections, with blanket lounging in the front, low lawn chairs in the center and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear.
Viewers are welcome to bring their own food or take-outs. One of the downtown's newest businesses, Thriving Ink, will provide free popcorn. All that's asked of viewers for a free night at the outdoor movies is that everyone cleans up their space after the show. Delucchi is often filled again on Friday nights by overflow crowds listening to the concerts in Lions Wayside Park, and, of course, it's a popular pet adoption center during Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Thursday night's movie, "Kung Fu Panda," is set in ancient China. The plot of this 2008 animated film revolves around a bumbling panda who dreams of being a kung fu master.
On Thursday July 23, Pleasanton's movies in the park series will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1929 classic "The Wizard of Oz." The entire family can enjoy this G-rated musical fantasy on the big screen, as it was originally intended to be shown. Follow Judy Garland in her signature role as Dorothy from Kansas on her adventures over the rainbow and along the yellow-brick road to the Emerald City.
Then on Thursday, Aug. 4, Jack Black will be back with the ultimate Battle of the Bands movie, which is rated PG, "School of Rock." Named one of Bravo's 100 funniest films "School of Rock" follows the antics of Dewey Finn (Black), loser extraordinaire, as he attempts to liberate a group of talented prep school musicians. The film also features Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman.
The 2009 free film series wraps up on Thursday, Aug. 20 with "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Steven Spielberg's box office smash that took five academy awards when it opened in 1981. Also rated PG, this is the first in a fast-paced trilogy of movies about archaeologist Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford who asks the question, 'Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?' in one of the movie's more memorable scenes.
For more information, please call the Parks and Community Services Department at (925) 931-5340.