I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in experiencing the following dilemma. It’s a beautiful spring evening; one of those nights in Southeast Texas that we wish could be bottled and opened again when it’s August and 120 degrees in the shade. You’re in the mood to see a movie on the big screen, but you don’t want to be stuck inside a stuffy theater. What to do?
Thanks to the brilliant idea that is Movie & Music Nite on the Strand, you can literally have your cake—or popcorn—and eat it, too. Presented by Mitchell Historic Properties and the Galveston Park Board, Movie & Music Nite is held March through October at Saengerfest Park, with movies shown on the first Saturday of the month and live music from some of the area’s top bands performing on the second Saturday each month. Not only do you get to see some great movies and hear some dynamic bands in the great outdoors, it’s all free.
According to Maria Lara, marketing and communications coordinator for Mitchell Historic Properties, the movies get underway just after dusk, while the bands perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park located at 2302 Strand St. You’re invited to bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy cinematic and musical entertainment alfresco.
“It’s a free event, so we don’t provide any refreshments,” Lara said, “but we encourage guests to get a bite to eat before the shows start, and there’s obviously a lot of great restaurants on the Strand.”
Movie Nite kicked off on March 5 with a showing of “Despicable Me 2” and the next scheduled movie is the Bruce Willis Sci-fi thriller “The Fifth Element.” Future showings include “Pitch Perfect,” “Dr. No,” “A Christmas Story,” “Pan,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Labyrinth” wraps up the series on October 1.
Lara says the organization works closely with a Galveston company to select the movies and bands for the Music & Movie Nite schedule, with great care taken to present movies that are appropriate for the entire family and bands that represent several different musical genres.
“We work with U.S. Backline owner Jeb Adame to set up these events,” Lara said. “Their company also assists in getting the word out on our events via social media.”
Music Nite got off to a high energy start on March 5 with a performance by rock and soul band the Gary Bites Band with Ocean Roots. The next scheduled performer is country/rock group Harbors Over Highways on April 9, with future headliners including the Zach Person Band with Campfire Soul, The Blaggards, Ruckus, Almost Endless Summer, The Fab 5, the Michael Hix Band, and the series goes out on a zydeco note on October 8 with Bon Ton Mickey & the Zydeco Hot Steppers.
If you’re a music and movie fan, I’d say your Saturday nights are booked for the next few months. For more information and the movie and band schedule, visit galveston.com/saengerfestpark.