Now in its second year, Lawn Chair Classics, a film series sponsored by the Wilkinson Public Library, shows classic films from the 1970s and 1980s. Screenings take place at the Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village, every Tuesday at dusk through September 11, 2012. Many of the movies are cult classics.
“When we examined the Lawn Chair Classics series, we wanted to play films that reached a broad and devoted audience,” explained Scott Doser, adult program manager.
To find his flicks, Doser took a straw poll asking patrons and staffers to submit a list of films they could watch again and again. Choices were across the celluloid map – science fiction, westerns, classic ski movies, Monty Python – but at the end of the day, the selections are all timeless, having found that sweet spot where intelligent story-telling and superior filmmaking meet.
Highlights of the series include “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Goonies,” “Silverado,” “Raising Arizona,” and “Better Off Dead.” And at every screening, one lucky attendee and his family earns the honor of being seated on a plush couch to watch the movie and consume all the popcorn everyone can scarf down.
Tuesday, July 10, the pick is the fantasy, “The Princess Bride, ” a classic fairy tale, complete with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. The all-star cast includes Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, and André the Giant.
The following week, Lawn Chair Classics screens the western, “Silverado.”
A complement to the film, the Wilkinson Public Library brings cowboy poet and singer Kerry Grombacher to the Market on the Plaza in Mountain Village Wednesday, July 18, 3:00 p.m.
To view a montage featuring some of the best moments from the films in this series, click on the link to the video below.