Showing posts with label starlight cinemas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label starlight cinemas. Show all posts

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Starlight Cinemas

Outdoor movies are heading back to St. James Park this summer staring July 1st with Mean Girls. This event is free, just bring a chair or blanket to the park. July 15th will feature Ferris Bueller's Day Off, then Moana on July 29th and Back to the Future on August 5th will close out the series.

Showtime is around 8:30pm. There are also pre-movie activities like lawn games at 7:30pm on July 1st and July 15th and 7pm on July 29th and August 5th.

For more info head over here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Starlight Cinemas - FREE Films Under the Stars (Jun 14 - Aug 20)

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Enjoy great movies from the 1980s for free, under the stars, on warm San Jose summer nights, at Starlight Cinemas.  Come early and enjoy pre-show fun and games, often as entertaining as the main event.   
The eight-movie series produced by the San Jose Downtown Association begins June 14 with the only non-’80s film of the bunch, “Bend It Like Beckham.”  That film complements the opening day of World Cup soccer from Brazil, with San Jose sharing in four matches live on a giant television screen at Plaza de Cesar Chavez starting at 9 a.m. Check for the full World Cup viewing schedule.
The second film of the series, “Back to the Future Part II,” also follows World Cup action, USA vs. Portugal, from 3p.m.-5 p.m. on June 22.  The big screen moves to St. James Park for that viewing.
Starlight Movie Schedule:
June 14 - Bend it Like Beckham (2002/PG-13) - Plaza de Cesar Chavez(following World Cup Viewing at 8 p.m.)
Set in London, Jess dreams of playing soccer like her hero, David Beckham, and will stop at nothing short of her goal. The girl’s independence clashes with her elder sister Pinky, who dreams of a traditional Indian wedding and making perfect meals for her man.
PRE-SHOW:  SJ Earthquakes/soccer-related trivia and games
June 22 - Back to the Future Part II (1989/PG) - St. James Park
(following World Cup Viewing at 6 p.m.)
See what 2015 was imagined to look like 20 years ago as Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward in time to prevent the future little McFly from going to jail.  But Biff gets hold of the time-traveling DeLorean, speeds back to 1955 and rewrites history by making his younger self filthy rich.
PRE-SHOW:  “How to make a mini Hovercraft” workshop and movie trivia.

July 16 - Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (1989/PG-13) - St. James Park
The third movie of the Indiana Jones trilogy, this time with Dr. Henry Jones (Harrison Ford) and his father (Sean Connery) taking up the action.  Directed by Steve Spielberg, the Joneses go after the Holy Grail in a race against Nazis.
PRE-SHOW:  “Map with no names” as a treasure hunt guide to find the holy grail and Indiana Jones trivia.

July 23 - Ghostbusters (1984/PG) - San Pedro Square Market
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis star as NYC-based "paranormal investigators."  After their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, ridding The Big Apple of ghouls, ghosts and beasts.
PRE-SHOW:  Sing-off of “Who You Gonna Call” theme song; “Build your own” Sta-Puff marshmallow giant contest; movie quotes/trivia contest.

July 30 - Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985/PG) - St. James Park
Celebrate a “drive-in” movie experience on bicycle with San Jose Bike Party.  Watch as Pee-Wee Herman sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life to retrieve his beloved bike, which was stolen from him in broad daylight.  This was Tim Burton’s directorial debut and a stepping stone for Paul reubens and composer Dany Elfman.
PRE-SHOW:  Tequila dance-off; bike contests; DJ’s on bikes. 

August 6 - Pretty in Pink (1986/PG-13) - San Pedro Square Market
John Hughes writes and directs this '80s Brat Pack romance resembling Cinderella.  Molly Ringwald survives the wackos around her, including a boy hopelessly in love with her, her father and a record store co-worker to realize her potential
PRE-SHOW:  Alice@97.3 radio 18th Anniversary ’80s themed dance night.

August 13 - Gremlins (1984/PG) - St. James Park
These little things are cute as long as they don’t see bright lights, get wet or feed after midnight.  So what happens?  All three things, and pandemonium ensues. Starring Hoyt Axton, Keye Luke, John Louie, Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman, Judge Reinhold and even the film’s producer - Steven Spielberg.
PRE-SHOW:  Rockage Retro Gaming Festival video games; Chiptune DJ; Stripe vs. Gizmo contest.

August 20 - Airplane (1980/PG) - San Pedro Square Market
This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on hilarious sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting -- a comedy style has been imitated for the past two decades. Alcoholic pilot Ted Striker has to land the plane after the captain gets food poisoning.  Lloyd bridges and Robert Stack have to talk him down.  Leslie Nielsen launches a career as slapstick leading man.  Please, don’t call him Shirley.
PRE-SHOW:  Comedy Sportz Improv troupe performance.

Movie night details include:

Starlight Cinema Series sponsors and supporters are: San Jose Downtown Association, CINEQUEST, Metro Newspapers,, City of San Jose, Republic Services, McEnery Family, San Pedro Square Market, San Jose Bike Party, and radio partners: KCBS 740 AM, Alice@97.3, Live 105.3 and NOW 99.7

San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) is a non-profit group of business and property owners working to improve the vitality and livability of downtown San Jose for more than 25 years. SJDA produces events such as Downtown Ice, Starlight Cinemas, Downtown Farmers' Market at San Pedro Square and Dine Downtown. Visit

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hitchcock's "The Birds" Tonight @ Post St.

I love how related events are being integrated into Downtown San Jose's Starlight Cinema series.  Last week's feature--The Big Lebowski--had an impressions contest and "Lebowski" drink specials in SoFA.  Fido in August will be coordinated alongside a zombie crawl.  And this week's feature will have a Bird Parade before the showing of, well, The Birds. Below is some info pulled from the Sherman Cellar's newsletter, which is a cool little wine shop on Post St. where this week's feature will be playing tonight.

Post Street Movie Night
Downtown San Jose! 

If you are a fan of Creekview
Hitchcock's Birds 
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Vineyards wine and you love classic movies, this next Post Street Movie is for you! 

On Wednesday July 20, Post Street Merchants and the Downtown Association present Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" for your nightmare causing entertainment.  Just to wet your whistle, Andy's Pet Shopwill lead a Parade of Birds (have one?  bring it on down) right here in front of Sherman Cellars.  You will not want to miss this movie. 

By the way, Creekview Vineyards wines will be featured at all of the Post Street and San Pedro Square movie nights: click HERE for a complete listing of Starlight Cinema Movies, and the pre-show entertainment! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Big Lebowski is Playing in SoFA Tonight!

Looking for something to do in the middle of a warm summer week in San Jose? Why not grab a lawn chair and come see The Big Lebowski in SoFA tonight. In addition to the movie, there is live music, an impression contest, and several promos (the most appropriate is $3 White Russians at Eulipia). Full details below:

"Always a crowd favorite, The Big Lebowski returns to the SoFA district in Downtown San Jose on July 6th.
July 6: "The Big Lebowski" (1998) R
South First and William streets (SoFA)

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct a hilarious tale about "Dude" Lebowski, who gets his friends to recover damages for his ruined rug. It's a case of mistaken identity - Dude is not the millionaire others think he is. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore.
  • Pre-Show, 7 pm:
  • Big Lebowski costume and impression contest.
  • Local band Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits.
Specials will be offered at nearby SoFA restaurants and bars to those dressed in Big Lebowski themed costumes on the night of the Starlight Cinemas screening of The Big Lebowski. We encourage all to join in on the pre and post movie crawl (more crawl information can be found at this website The movie will run from 8:45 to 10:40pm. Please find some of the nights specials below:
  • Agenda Sports Bar (399 S. First St.) - 2 for 1 drink specials.
  • The Blue Chip Sports Bar and Family Restaurant, ALL AGES (325 S. First St.) - $2 Tecate or DosXX and free fries with purchase of any Cheesesteak.
  • Caffe Trieste, ALL AGES (315 S. First St.) - Happy hour prices all night on food and drink specials.
  • Eulipia Restaurant and Bar, ALL AGES (374 S. First St.) - $3 White Russians and $10 off the entire check for anyone in Lebowski attire... The Dude Abides.
  • South First Billiards (420 South First Street) - $5 The Dude's Beverage (White Russian); $5 Nobody F's With The Jesus (Coconut Rum, Pineapple, Cranberry); $5 Beyond Pacifism (Deep Fried Artichokes).
Take advantage of San Jose's warm, summer nights and enjoy a complimentary movie under the star-studded sky with your friends. To see the full Starlight Cinemas line-up, please visit their website."