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Granada celebrates anniversary with outdoor screening of “The Goonies”

September 26, 2013

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A couple stands in the middle of Massachusetts Street Thursday evening as they watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

A couple stands in the middle of Massachusetts Street Thursday evening as they watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.

The goons returned to Massachusetts Street Thursday night, as the Granada celebrated its dual anniversary — 20 years as a live concert venue and 80 years since its opening as a silent movie theater in 1933 — with a free outdoor screening of “The Goonies.”

The festivities began at 7 p.m., when the Granada converted its parking lot into a beer garden and families staked out spots in the middle of the street with perfect vantage points of the giant inflatable movie screen.

Lawrence city commissioners agreed last week to close the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday for the event, which allowed the hundreds of moviegoers to lay out their blankets and picnic baskets on the street.

Set up with pizza, lawn chairs and rocky road ice cream, Lawrence resident Sybil Gibbs was one of the many goony-fanatics at the screening last night. Gibbs says it’s the fun downtown festivities like this that make Lawrence special.

“To share something I cherish with my friends and community is so great,” Gibbs said, “It’s events like this always renew my love of Lawrence.”

The Granada first screened the cult-classic movie about a group of preteens on an adventurous treasure hunt in June 1985. Four years later, the downtown Lawrence movie theater closed, reopening as a music venue in 1993.

Drew James, marketing director for the Granada, says organizers chose the movie in part to pay homage to the theater’s history.

“We wanted something that actually premiered here back in the day,” James said. “Plus, it has a wide appeal from children, to college students and people in their 30s who were into it when they were kids.”

Comments

Pr0digy 1 year, 10 months ago

I've got an idea. Why don't we just spread chocolate all over the floor and let Chunk eat his way through?

Wesley Willis 1 year, 10 months ago

There were a ton of people I stopped by for a minute just to catch a glimpse. Glad it had a great turnout!

Dan Rose 1 year, 10 months ago

My wife and I had a great time!!! I hadn't seen the movie in years, and loved watching it under the stars!

FYI

gatekeeper 1 year, 10 months ago

I like the idea of what they did, but it was WAY TO LOUD. I live 2 blocks from the edge of city limits north of town and could hear it clearly at my house. Took a few minutes until I figured out what it was. Loud enough to make out the dialogue. I know some that weren't happy because they had a hard time getting their kids to bed. One neighbor that took her kids up there said her kids were covering their ears at times.

I think showing movies in the park at 6th and Kentucky would be great. More comfortable in the grass and could hold more people. The new parking garage is right there to accomodate everyone. They should do it every couple of weeks in the summer when kids don't have to worry about school the next morning and have the volume at a level that can't be heard from over a mile away.

cabella 1 year, 10 months ago

Half the people there were watching the movie and the other half were on their smartphones.

gatekeeper 1 year, 10 months ago

I think that's the case anywhere you go now. I'm amazed at concerts and sporting events that have high dollar tickets to see so many just playing on their phones. I miss the old days when a phone was in your house, not your pocket.

Dave Loewenstein 1 year, 10 months ago

Remember the outdoor movie venue at 9th & New Hampshire from a few years ago?

Dave Loewenstein's "Bus Stop Film Noir," a drawing that imagined the outdoor movie spot before it became one.

Dave Loewenstein's "Bus Stop Film Noir," a drawing that imagined the outdoor movie spot before it became one. by Dave Loewenstein

Bren Hughes 1 year, 10 months ago

What a cool idea, bummed that I missed it!

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