St. Petersburg area residents are in for a special treat the second Sunday of every month this winter: A local business is bringing a free movie night downtown, with the help of other local businesses.
Cinema Squatch, which specializes in independent and cult classic movie parties and outdoors events, partnered with the Sunscreen Film Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts to bring the movies, shown on a 40-foot projection on the museum’s north wall, overlooking downtown’s waterfront.
“We have a love for movies from our childhood, so you will see a lot of ’80s and ’90s classics, with some ’70s and 2000s sprinkled in,” says Ryan Tarrant, who owns the business with his wife, Heather.
In addition to Sunscreen and MFA, this season’s top movie sponsors include Hartney Realty Firm, Cerulean Blu, Bayfront Health, GulfShore Bank, DJ Fresh Events, TBT and LocalShops1.
“We are so thankful to have the support of these community organizations,” Tarrant says.
Movie night begins with trivia and music, and often features special guests or locally produced independent short films, in addition to the featured title. Snacks and drinks are available from food trucks and local restaurants, but guests are also welcome to bring their own food.
Besides the Second Sunday Movies, Cinema Squatch offers movies for private parties and community events, as well as a Dive-In movie series at Hollander Hotel’s HH20 Pool in downtown St. Petersburg.
SECOND SUNDAY MOVIES ON THE MFA LAWN
Movie nights start at 5 pm with music, trivia and games, and the movie begins at dark (6 to 6:30 pm, depending on the month). Admission is free, and guests may bring chairs, blankets and snacks. Food is also available for purchase. For details check out cinemasquatch.com or the event pages on Facebook, at facebook.com/cinemasquatch.
Dec. 11, Christmas Twist Double Feature: How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
& Gremlins (1984)
Jan. 8, Gasparilla Inspired Event: Hook (1991), starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan
Feb. 12, In Time for Valentine’s Day: Romeo + Juliet (1996) & performance by Studio @620