July 26, 2016
I can’t believe that July is almost behind us. Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we will be consumed with assisting with homework and shuffling them from one activity to the next. So take advantage of your August summer nights and enjoy entertainment outside with the family. The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & lead sponsor, Chase & Lunt Insurance has the perfect opportunity with the 7th Annual Waterfront Movie Series. Grab a blanket, family and friends and head on down to Waterfront Park to watch a movie on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen with an HD Blue Ray Projector and BOSE professional sound system.
Movies begin after sunset, at approximately 8:00 PM. But come earlier with friends and family to grab your spot, enjoy dinner or snacks in the park. If your business would like to become a sponsor of this fun-filled event, click here for an application or contact the Chamber for more information.
This year’s lineup is one not to be missed, so save these Wednesday nights.
August 10 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Rating G | Release Year 1971
Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods -- one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on -- because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left.
August 17 – Aladdin
Rating G | Release Year 1992
Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series of modern Disney animated movies that began with 1989's The Little Mermaid and heralded a new age for the genre. After a sultan (Douglas Seale) gives his daughter, Jasmine (Linda Larkin), three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin (Scott Weinger), who charms his way into her heart. While the sultan's Vizier, Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), weaves a spell so that he may marry Jasmine and become sultan himself, Aladdin discovers the Genie's lamp in a cave, rubs it, and sets the mystical entity free, leading the Genie to pledge his undying loyalty to the dazzled youth. Aladdin begins his quest to defeat Jafar and win the hand of the princess, with the Genie's help. Monsters, Disney's trademark talking animals, and a flying carpet all figure into the ensuing adventures, but Williams' Genie, who can change into anything or anybody, steals the show as he launches into one crazed monologue after another, impersonating figures from Ed Sullivan to Elvis Presley.
August 24 – Inside Out
Rating G | Release Year 2015
Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco in this Pixar adventure from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.). Young Riley was perfectly content with her life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated.
Terry Thompson, Vice President of Operations
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry