Movies in the Park

Published on 10/26/22: As it nears Halloween, there are two upcoming St Pete’esque events that our family has especially enjoyed in years past. And they’re both free! First is tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 27th) at 6pm along the downtown waterfront. I’m talking about “Movies in the Park” at North Straub Park, just off Beach Drive, between 4th and 5th Ave NE. Stay tuned for a weekend event that I’ll post about next. Of course, comment below with your favorite local Halloween events! #ItTakesAVillage

Beetlejuice tomorrow October 27th – North Straub Park

For tomorrow’s event, the classic Beetlejuice (1988) will be shown on the big screen in North Straub Park. I recommend bringing a blanket and/or low-profile chair(s) to help secure your spot for the movie. After you choose your lawn area, you’re all set to socialize with neighbors, family and friends, until the movie begins as dusk. They typically offer live music and tomorrow is no different, with BoHo Sideshow bringing the swing and jazz tunes.

Bring a picnic and drinks or purchases onsite!

While you can bring your own picnic and drinks, you can also purchase food from the food trucks. Beer and wine are available to purchase as well!

History of Movies in the Park St Pete

The “Movies in the Park” tradition started in 2010 and is typically hosted every Thursday in May and October. However, for October this year, the non-profit reduced it to two showings due to funding/staffing concerns. Last Thursday was Goonies. My intention was to post prior, though unfortunately the past few weeks have been a blur between family, work and SWFL for Ian. Apologies. Hopefully, you can at least attend tomorrow and then keep it on your radar for next May and October!

Movies in the Park is Free, though consider a donation

The event is free, though the hosts suggest you consider a donation or becoming a member of Preserve the ‘Burg. They have a booth setup onsite to join and/or donate, and you can also donate online. From the organization: “Preserve the ‘Burg works to maintain St. Petersburg’s incredible sense of place through community outreach and advocacy. On any given day, PTB representatives may meet with city officials, developers, or owners of historic properties to educate about St. Pete’s history and culture and advocate for better preservation laws, place-conscious development, and thoughtful maintenance of our historic buildings.”

Follow Preserve the ‘Burg

If you don’t already follow Preserve the ‘Burg, you should give them a follow! They occasionally offer unique events, such as behind-the-scenes tours at historical buildings. Ie on September 8th the offered a tour of the Floridian Social Club with owner Kevin Chadwick to learn all about the building.

Few photos are from when Colt and I watched part of ET many years back (until his bedtime), with even an appearance from the friendly alien. Well, Colt didn’t think he was friendly at the time.

CREDIT for the other photos go to Preserver the ‘Burg’s Facebook page.

Cheers Everyone

Address: North Straub Park (Beach Drive, between 4th and 5th Ave NE)

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