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Iowa City, IA: FilmScene's Rooftop Shows Play to Sold-Out Crowds

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 1:15 PM

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The FilmScene in Iowa City, Iowa has a summer series of movies that is held on the roof of their building, showing classic movies, such as The Matrix, Fight Club, Jurassic Park, and Back to the Future, as well as more recent favorites, including La La Land.

The Daily Iowan published an article recently about the ability for moviegoers in the area to enjoy movies under the stars, but also above street level:

On the rooftop of Filmscene, Ryan Gosling croons about stars while playing a piano on the screen. Wispy light from the projector hangs above a silent crowd. The sold-out showing of La La Land is one of many movies played on the roof patio in the heart of downtown Iowa City as part of FilmScene’s outdoor screenings.

FilmScene has hosted these outdoor screenings for five years now, said Emily Salmonson, the director of operations at FilmScene, and since the first screening, the event has created a life of its own, growing with each outing.

“The first rooftop was [in the] spring of 2014, and that was Wet Hot American Summer,” Salmonson said. “It was a good one to start with; it was perfect weather. It was a lot of fun. Ever since then, it’s just kind of been selling out naturally.”

The screenings are called back again and again with showings selling out fast because of the popular films that are presented in an outside-retreat fashion. The rooftop’s programming can range from popular modern pieces to the more beloved cult classics, with upcoming showings of The Matrix, the Back to the Future trilogy, and Fight Club.

“It’s a little deviation of what we program the other 365 days a year,” said Rebecca Fons, the FilmScene programming director. “The cult classics, anniversary years, or a movie you’ve seen a million times and you’ll watch a million more times.”

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

To see what's playing and when, please visit the Showtimes page for the FilmScene.

Thanks to reader Janet J. for sending us this news item!



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