A Fistful of Dollars

Downtown outdoor movies are growing in popularity nationwide, helping to spark economic revitalization efforts.
October 17, 2003, 10am PDT | David Gest
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“Outdoor movies have become the hook to draw people to tired business districts and public spaces...Fueled by nostalgia, redevelopment grants and advances in technology, alfresco movie screenings have, in a scant couple of years, quietly become a…fad…” As one event organizer said, “Small-town historical events can have a hard time. But a bad musical with Clint Eastwood? That's something different.” Across the country, American versions of “Cinema Paradiso” have developers eager to rebuild the featured neighborhoods. Although “some communities aren’t receptive,” many enjoy the usually free activity, and value a renewed “sense of ownership of their public spaces.” And once neighbors gather under the stars, the main topic of conversation seems to be deciding how to make their home even better.

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Thursday, October 16, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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