There is a place in Detroit where you can sit at a beachside restaurant, play in the sand, list to music and go to the movies – all at once.
Faygo Movie Night in the D is back at Campus Martius Park every Saturday evening from July 16 through August 27. You can watch Academy Award-nominated and Academy Award-winning as well as family favorites, documentaries and action-packed films on the large LED outdoor screen at 8 p.m.
While you’re waiting for the show to start you can check out the new Fountain Detroit restaurant. It’s got beach-casual fare and cold craft cocktails in an open-air, urban beachside setting. The menu includes salads, burgers, panini and sausages plus beach-themed frozen drinks and Michigan beers. Kinda like being in your own backyard – but you don’t have to cook.
You saw the name of associated with movie nights – Faygo – so, of course, there will be plenty of Detroit’s one true pop. You can enjoy it along with gourmet popcorn from Good People Popcorn.
While chairs are provided, everyone is welcome to bring their own blankets and picnics.
Don’t miss the August 27 showing. It’s a special feature of the film series, Star Wars Spectacular. Starting at 7 p.m., Michigan Philharmonic will perform “Star Wars & Sci-Phonic Favorites,” a Star Wars-themed musical selection. The screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will follow at 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character. Time to get your best Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, Daisy Ridley, Finn and, yes, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Storm Trooper, duds on.
Here’s the schedule:
July 16: “Creed” – Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a boxing legend in his own right. Apollo died in the ring in the 1980s at the hand of Russian pugilist Ivan Drago, forcing Adonis to grow up without his dad in his life. The young man travels to Philadelphia to find his late father’s nemesis-turned-best friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), in order to recruit him as a trainer. Balboa soon takes the young Creed under his wing and helps him get in shape for a shot at the title.
July 23: “Searching for Sugar Man” Hosted by Ann Delisi, WDET-FM – Winner of both the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary feature, it is a true story about the gifted singer-songwriter from Detroit, Sixto Rodriguez, whose idol-status fame in South Africa was unknown to him, and his hometown fans. The film moves between Detroit and Cape Town telling the story of a South African indie record store owner who sets out in search of the artist nicknamed Sugar Man.
July 30: “The Martian” – During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. He must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive, and then stay alive until rescue. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, “The Martian” features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
August 6: “Amazing Nina” Hosted by Ann Delisi WDET-FM – Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of America’s most overlooked musical genius is finally brought to light in “The Amazing Nina Simone.” Director Jeff L. Lieberman (”Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria”) brings audiences on Nina’s journey from the segregated South, through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints & international concert halls. Navigating through the twists & turns of the 1960’s fight for racial equality, the film delves deep into Nina’s artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions behind Nina’s most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements, and the reason she left America.
August 13: “Inside Out” Presented by United Way for Southeastern Michigan – After young Riley is uprooted from her peaceful Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) – conflict on how to best navigate a new city, house and school.
August 20: “The Big Short” – Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse in the mid-2000s and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. This adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book The Big Short stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell with Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Marisa Tomei as co-stars.
August 27: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Featuring Michigan Philharmonic performing Sci-Phonic, supported by WRCJ 90.9 FM – The Star Wars saga continues. In this thrilling continuation of the epic space opera — the first under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid companion BB-8 get caught up in a galactic war when they come across a map containing the whereabouts of the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). They soon embark on an epic adventure that brings them face-to-face with heroes from the past, as well as new villains. The film will act as the start of a new trilogy set after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Schedule subject to change without notice.
The complete schedule listing for all 2016 Quicken Loans Summer in the Parks activities is at downtowndetroitparks.com.