• Classic Movie Fridays add new element to popular outdoor movie experience
• Free series begins with Singin’ in the Rain on Friday, May 31 and Thunderstruck on Saturday, June 1
IRVINE – Classic Fridays or Family Blockbuster Saturdays? The return of the Orange County Great Park’s annual Movie on the Lawn Series poses this question as this year’s incarnation of the popular and free outdoor movie series features themed movie screenings. Classic Fridays will take visitors through the eras with timeless movie screenings and Family Blockbuster Saturdays will showcase blockbusters and family favorites.
The Movie on the Lawn Series features nine feature film screenings beginning Friday, May 31 and continuing through June 29. Classic Movie Fridays will take place on the Back 40 behind Historic Hangar 244 near the Great Park Balloon. Family Blockbuster Saturdays will be located on the Terraced Lawn. The opening weekend screenings for the 2013 Movie on the Lawn Series feature:
• Classic Movie Friday (May 31): Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Considered by many to be the finest musical comedy of all-time, Singin’ in the Rain is sheer delight. Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote this wonderful film about the time when movies were changing from silent to talkies. The songs range from the hilarious “Make ‘Em Laugh” performed by Donald O’Connor, to the delicate “You Were Meant for Me” and the show-stopping classic “Singin’ in the Rain” solo by Gene Kelly.
• Family Blockbuster Saturday (June 1): Thunderstruck (2012)
When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan, magically switches talents with his hero (NBA star Kevin Durant, playing himself), he becomes the star of his high school basketball team…while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.
Admission and parking are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring low back beach chairs and blankets for this family-friendly outdoor movie experience under the stars. Movies will begin at approximately 8 p.m., pending sunset. Warm clothing is recommended. Food and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Events are weather permitting.
2013 Movie on the Lawn Schedule
- May 31: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
- June 7: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
- June 14: Clambake (1967)
- June 28: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Family Blockbuster Saturdays:
- June 1: Thunderstruck (2012)
- June 8: The Lorax (2012)
- June 15: Madagascar 3 (2012)
- June 22: Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- June 29: Rise of the Guardians (2012)
The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, visit, please visit http://www.ocgp.org/ or call 866-829-3829.
About the Orange County Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and Historic Hangar 244. In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org.