In anticipation of the Traverse City Film Festival’s big 10th Anniversary schedule release this coming Friday, June 27 (mark your calendars now!), we’re kicking off the celebration early by announcing this year’s awe-inspiring, breathtaking, magical, adventurous, and iconic Open Space FREE movie line-up.
Our “Best of” Open Space slate is packed with your favorite films that played at the Open Space over the last nine years — all of them among the
most beloved and popular movies of all time.
And it wouldn’t be the film festival’s tenth anniversary without some nice surprises — here’s the first one. For the People’s Choice Vote, we asked you what film you wanted to see on Friday night and there was a very resounding winner — STAR WARS! We didn’t think we could get permission to show it and so were moving on to the second choice, but then, in honor of our tenth anniversary, and moved by the people’s plea, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox granted us the rare permission to screen “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” in the Open Space.
Here’s the full schedule at the Open Space – and remember, EVERY MOVIE IS FREE!
Tuesday, July 29 – The original summer blockbuster, and the first film to ever screen at the Traverse City Film Festival’s Open Space, way back in 2005: Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws“
Wednesday, July 30 - Rained out in 2006, the dinosaurs were mighty peeved, so they’re coming back with a vengeance this year… “Jurassic Park” will make a colossally epic return to the Traverse City Film Festival!
Thursday, July 31 - A national treasure, and still the greatest romance to ever come out of Hollywood — “Casablanca“
Friday, August 1 – Your People’s Choice Winner, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope“
Saturday, August 2 – The most gloriously giddy and genuinely fun adventure ever committed to celluloid, “The Goonies“
Sunday, August 3 – The Closing Night Bash will take us over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road to see “The Wizard of Oz“
The festival’s gift to the community, there is simply no better place in the world to experience these family-friendly classics than at our bayfront outdoor movie theater under the stars. Plan to arrive early for free music, entertainment, and fun starting at 7 pm nightly. And Sunday night before the film starts, don’t miss the Closing Night Bash, our annual community party with games, prizes, and treats.
New this year, we’re adding a large-scale photo booth complete with props, costumes, and custom backdrops themed to each night’s film! Our friends from Allen-Kent Photography will be on hand to snap pics of you and your friends, which will then be made available online.
“The Open Space reminds us just how wonderful the movies can be. This is the year to grab your family and friends and some blankets for an unforgettable evening under the stars,” said Michael Moore.