New film series brings outdoor movies downtown Aurora this summer

  • The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be the site of the new "Movies at a Museum" outdoor film series, hosted by the Aurora Film Society and Aurora Downtown.

    The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be the site of the new "Movies at a Museum" outdoor film series, hosted by the Aurora Film Society and Aurora Downtown. Courtesy of Aurora Regional Fire Museum

  • The 1999 animated movie, "The Iron Giant," about a teenager in the 1950s discovering a 50-foot-tall alien robot, will be shown July 11, in downtown Aurora.

    The 1999 animated movie, "The Iron Giant," about a teenager in the 1950s discovering a 50-foot-tall alien robot, will be shown July 11, in downtown Aurora.

 
 
Posted6/30/2021 3:19 PM

"Bringing Up Baby" will be the first movie that will be viewed outdoors this summer at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

A new outdoor film series sponsored by Aurora Downtown kicks off on July 8. The free film series will screen four movies from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays in July in the rear lot of the historic fire museum at 53 N. Broadway.

 

The series will feature movies from a variety of genres that appeal to all ages. Seating will open at 7 p.m. and concessions will be for sale. Home Run Dogs and Lemonade will be the on-site food vendor at the events.

Outdoor movies are a fun part of summer, and with the pandemic creating a greater need for family-friendly outdoor activities, it was a good time to get them on the calendar.

Aurora Downtown partnered with Aurora Film Society and Aurora Regional Fire Museum for the pilot series.

The 1938 classic screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby," directed by Howard Hawk and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, will be screened July 8.

July 15 will feature the 1999 animated movie, "The Iron Giant," an animated science fiction tale for all ages featuring Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

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The 2006 American drama, "Akeelah and the Bee," an inspiring film about a young girl participating in a national spelling bee, will be shown July 22. The film stars Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

July 29 will feature the Canadian-American 1998 film "Smoke Signals," a PG-13 independent drama from 1998 telling a coming-of-age story.

"Movies at a Museum" is open to the public. Filmgoers should bring their own chairs. Films will be screened at approximately 8 p.m.

If the series is a hit, then Aurora Downtown hopes to bring more movies downtown to additional museums next summer.

Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit organization of downtown business and property owners within Special Service Area. For details, visit auroradowntown.org or www.facebook.com/auroradowntown/.

The Aurora Film Society was formed in September 2017 by a group of Aurorans all committed to cinema and the cultural well-being of their city. Follow www.facebook.com/aurorafilmsociety/.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum features two floors of exhibits chronicling the history of the Aurora Fire Department and fire service in the region, as well as fire safety and prevention.

To learn more about the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and its current exhibits, visit www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org or www.facebook.com/AuroraRegionalFireMuseum/.

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