Watching movies outside can help turn a city into a destination

by Bob Deutsch

outdoor movies can transform any city into a destinationOutdoor film festival organizers should consider drawing from their home city’s natural strengths when planning their particular events.

Coming together to watch films on outdoor screens is a concept that has been adopted by different organizations across the country and can hold appeal in a way that makes a certain area more visible to tourists, as this blog has pointed out. A new article in Forbes details a list of five different American cities that may prove alluring in this regard for consumers, and prove to be reason enough for a vacation.

This blog has already mentioned some of the reasons why Washington D.C., the second city mentioned on the list, might be considered, but there are other entries that may be overlooked. For example, Little Rock, Arkansas, reportedly shows films each Wednesday throughout the summer until August, or St. Louis, which is making use of additions like food trucks to enhance the mood of its Art Hill screenings.

Another interesting cross section seen across those festivals listed include their films, as a few are showing well-known classic romantic films like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Princess Bride,” although San Francisco’s Film Night in the Park screening is said to include slightly more overlooked fare, like “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Moonrise Kingdom.”

Although this is a notable trend and a popular form of recreation, civic planners and other teams involved in arranging festivals with outdoor screens don’t need to worry about competition so much as assembling the most compelling event they can, and using it as a way to distinguish a certain area by taking advantage of local landmarks, food providers and bands to augment such an event.

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