Rolling on the rivers: Free movies

Posted: July 10, 2007

On the Waterfront isn't just the title of a movie classic, it's also the promise of an alfresco movie experience - with a river view.

This week the Schuylkill and the Delaware River are sites of outdoor film festivals boasting free family-friendly flicks.

Tonight the Independent Film Channel (IFC) in partnership with Comcast launches a three-day festlet at Schuylkill River Park (25th and Locust) with the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona. Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride screens tomorrow) and Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite on Thursday.

Screenings start at dusk, but IFC executive vice president Evan Shapiro says come as early as 6 p.m. to enjoy the Media Lab Lounge, which will host shorts made by local filmmakers. The movie is free, but filmgoers are encouraged to bring a kid-friendly DVD to donate to Temple University Children's Medical Center.

Tomorrow evening, Society Hill Dance Academy continues its "Movies Under the Stars" toe-tapping program with Dirty Dancing under the shambles at Second and Pine Streets, within sight of the Delaware. Preceding the screening, teachers from the academy will give free merengue lessons.

On Thursday "Screenings Under the Stars," a weekly series at Penn's Landing (Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street) will show Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a refresher course in all things Harry in the month that the fifth film and seventh, and final, book in the Potter franchise come out.


Contact movie critic Carrie Rickey at 215-854-5402 or crickey@phillynews.com.

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