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Wednesday, July 9,2014

The great outdoors

Turner Street Outdoor Movie Series adds music to the mix

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The summer 2014 box office is looking decidedly familiar: Sequels, gritty reboots, fairy tale adaptations. Ah, the old days, when all our entertainment was original.

In it’s fourth year, the Turner Outdoor Street Theater looks back to the mid-‘80s with three of its four movie offerings this year: “The Karate Kid” and “Gremlins,” both from 1984, and “The Flight of the Navigator” from 1986. But there’s’ also Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fairy tale update “Hook,” a gritty reboot of the Peter Pan fairy tale (blast, two of the three!), which may have just been a little ahead of its time.

The films will play on a portable inflatable screen in Lot 56/Cesar Chavez plaza in Old Town. The Old Town Commercial Association uses funds raised at its other events — including the recent Festivals of the Sun and Moon — to host the free event. Old Town business Such Video picked the movies and secured the film royalties. All projection and sound equipment were donated by the Lansing Public Media Center. City Pulse is also a sponsor.

This year’s Outdoor Theater will include a new element: live music. At 9 p.m., one hour before movie time, a different Lansing-area musician will perform a short set as every one’s waiting for it to get dark.

It’s bring-your-own-refreshments, though, with the nearby Cravings Popcorn staying open late to sell gourmet version of that old movie standby. The commercial association will also sell Old Town T-shirts as well as stylized posters custommade for last year’s movies, which in cluded “Goonies,” another 1984 alum.

As long as that never gets a dark re-imagining, we’ll be good.

Turner Street Outdoor Theater

July 18 & 25; Aug. 8 & 15 All concerts start at 9 p.m.

Movies start at 10 p.m.

July 18: Ozay Moore “Hook” July 25: Wisaal “The Karate Kid” Aug. 8: DJ Ruckus “Gremlins” Aug. 15: Gifts or Creatures “Flight of the Navigator” Lot 56/Cesar Chavez Plaza, Lansing FREE

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