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Now playing in Avon

Cassie Pence

Stars twinkle tonight at Nottingham Park. Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross – they’ll all be shining.Lakeside Cinema in Avon debuts Friday at around 8:30 p.m., or when the sun vanishes, with the showing of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.””Just like the ‘Godfather’ is the ultimate Mafia movie, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Is the ultimate buddy movie,” Fraidy Aber, special events coordinator, said.The film marks the first time Newman and Redford co-starred.”They have great synergy,” Aber said. “They’re such cool, mellow hilarious cowboys. And the film has one of the most amazing endings.”The film is based on the true story of some of the most successful train and bank robbers of the world. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid lead the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang around the turn of the century with a carefree manner and grace, even in the face of danger. Newman and Redford create icons out of the two amiable bank robbers. Rotating classic with comedies, the free film series presents “Princess Bride” Friday, July 30. Based on a book by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” “Princess Bride celebrates fairy tales, true love, revenge, commitment and more love with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Since the “Princess Bride” was first a book, the public libraries will host activities before the screening. There will be themed pre-movie activities starting at 6 p.m. before each film. A pinhole camera tent will be set up before the showing of “Rear Window” Aug. 6. A pinhole camera is a small, light-tight can or box with a black interior and a tiny hole in the center of one end, and it takes rustic, real photographs. “Rear Window,” starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter, is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thrillers. Professional storytellers will gather fireside to share scary tales before “Beetle Juice” Aug. 13. Directed by Tim Burton, “Beetle Juice” takes a look at the after-life from an obnoxious ghost’s perspective. “Roman Holiday” airs Aug. 20. This classic features a reporter, Gregory Peck, and an incognito princess, Audrey Hepburn, in a romance set in Rome. This was Hepburn’s first leading role, and it made her a star and earned her “Best Actress.” The series culminates Aug. 27 with “Better Off Dead,” a John Cusack classic. Cusack plays Lane, who has recently lost his girlfriend to the best skier in town. The film is 80s teen romance at its best. Guests are encouraged to wear their best retro ski outfit to that screening, and stations will be set up to donate old ski cloths to charity. The series sponsor will also host a party, showing off top local athletes and sharing information about their free trail-mapping service.”If you haven’t seen these movies, this is a unique treat to see them under the stars and on the big screen,” Aber said. “Bring picnics, stretch out and have a good time.”Aber suggests bringing a blanket or sweater because the High Country tends to chill very fast after the sun descends. But don’t bring your dog. Pooches aren’t allowed to this outdoor theater.Food vendors – the Dusty Boot tonight – will peddle edibles, and over-sized candy, movie snacks and ice cream will be sold. Each week prizes will be raffled off, including gift certificates to local eateries and tickets to the Vail International Dance Festival.”Don’t assume the film is not showing if it had been raining, because if it stops, then we’re still on,” Aber said.If it does rain through the night, or the ground is sopping wet, movies show on Mondays.If you or your organization would like to participate in pre-movie activities, contact Aber at 748-4032.

July 23, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”July 30, “Princess Bride”Aug. 6, “Rear Window”Aug. 13, “Beetle Juice”Aug. 20, “Roman Holiday”Aug. 27, “Better Off Dead”All movies start after the sun goes down.

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