"Brazil" will be projected Thursday onto the Mutual Bank building on Charles St. outside of the Fickle Peach for After Hours Art Reels. Photo provided
Free upcoming movie screenings in Downtown Muncie cater to all
This is the last week to catch free outdoor movies in Downtown Muncie.
The movie "Brazil" will be projected Thursday onto the Mutual Bank building on Charles Street outside of the Fickle Peach for After Hours Art Reels.
Seating is available on the patio for those 21 and older. Those under 21 can attend and sit anywhere along the sidewalk. The movie will begin at dusk.
“We call them Art Reels but they really are kind of cult classics," said Cheryl Crowder, event director for Muncie Downtown Development Partnership.
She said the two events attract different crowds.
“There’s definitely an older, maybe kind of progressive audience for Art Reels and then we see everybody at Moonlight Movies,” Crowder said. “Art Reels is kind of hanging out at the bar watching a movie on a giant wall.”
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will play Saturday at Canan Commons on Walnut St. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Pirate themed activities for the whole family start before the screening at 6 p.m.
Muncie Symphony Orchestra will play at 6:30 p.m. with Pirates of the Caribbean themed music.
The Ball State Fencing Club will also perform demonstrations and mini lessons. Foam swords will be available for the kids as well as face painting.
The Foursquare Church will provide outdoor, family-friendly lawn games before the movie and help with the pirate bounce house.
“It’s a nice safe place for the kids to run around and they don’t have to sit through the whole movie if they don’t want to,” said Crowder. “There are lots of other things to entertain them.”
Food vendors including Hook and Ladder Pizza and Git-R-Done Concessions will be there with pizza and fair food.
Since about 2003, Downtown Muncie has screened movies outdoors, Crowder said.
“It was an easy way to invite people to come downtown and spend some time down here in a place that they really weren’t familiar with because it had been pretty much abandoned for 20 years or more,” she said.
In the early days of Muncie Downtown Development, the group noticed the big blank wall on S. Walnut St. where Mark III Tap Room is and presently, a mural. They decided to put it to use and begin showing outdoor movies.
Since then, it has expanded to include Canan Commons for Moonlight Movies and the Mutual Bank wall for After Hours Art Reels from June through September.
“I think movies are kind of universal and it’s like going to the theater," Crowder said. "There’s something about gathering with your community in a space for everybody to watch a movie."