I’ll be real with y’all: I find most of my fun outside of Raleigh. One huge exception to this is during the NCMA summer movie season. All year the North Carolina Museum of Art shows movies that are either in their indoor theatre or, the far superior area, outside on the “lawn” during summer. It’s all of $5/person, you can bring your own picnic, and all you have to do is enjoy the movie and whatever beverage/food you bring (aside from alcohol, obvs).
We love going for just a couple of reasons. Let me count the ways.
First of all, NCMA is gorgeous.
Like, really gorgeous.
Second, see how big that screen is? It’s MASSIVE. The sound is surprisingly easy to hear in such a huge space (with so many people) and the picture quality is great, considering we’ve seen older movies like Ghostbusters and Mary Poppins out there. They look glorious! Just check out my Instagram from when we saw Mary Poppins!
When you get inside the East Building (used for either inside movies or special events) you’re treated to gorgeousness (and a weird flying guy, but I left him out of this). Their spring series is how I was able to see my all-time favorite movie, Roman Holiday, on film. Like, with a film reel and everything. I just about cried in excitement. And then teared up at the end, but that wasn’t because it was on film.
Lastly, the otherotherother cool thing about the movies series, is that there are often special events that tie-in with the movies they’re showing. The showing of The Hundred-Foot Journey was accompanied by an Indian-French fusion dinner. Andrew and I were WOWED by the delicious spread they put out. The hors d’oeuvres were a little lacking (except for the cheese portion because cheese) but dinner was out. of. this. world. The dinner did cost a pretty penny extra but the food was totally worth it. We also got to meet some cool people since there weren’t two-toppers!
While we didn’t get to see The Hundred-Foot Journey again that night thanks to a storm, we will definitely be returning! We’ve already chosen at least one of the many NCMA movies that are showing this season *coughTheBookofLifecough* and I cannot wait to continue our tradition of lawn chairs, great films, and yummy snacks on the lawn together. 🙂
Do y’all have any similar experiences in your town? Let me know!
Wishing you ginormous screens on which to see your favorite movies,
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