Grand Lake: Coffee shop spotlights old movies
July 11, 2008
Grand Lake Marina and The Wake Coffee Shop are making waves and perking up the northeast shore of Grand Lake with a new item on the menu, a tribute to old movies. Buffs may want to make a note on their calendars for July 16, when the businesses launch new movie nights starting with 1958 movie “The Blob” with actor Steve McQueen.
Grand Lake Marina co-owner Kevin Cox said he and The Wake started brainstorming about showing movies after guests had been frequently coming in and asking about evening family entertainment in the area. They had the space and a beautiful, unequaled location for it, a venue which has also been enjoyed for the great acoustics by musicians who have played there.
These past couple weeks the crew has been putting up lights, the projector, screen, chairs and moving boats around to make room for what is anticipated to be a great opportunity for them and the public. Curtains, the last item to round out the unique setting, arrived this week just in time for opening night Wednesday.
Movies will be shown on a screen under a canopy with the lake’s pristine Rocky Mountain waters as the backdrop for some great old classics. Wednesdays are set for science fiction features, Fridays host family movies, and Saturdays will feature mysteries and thrillers.
For $5 per person guests can show up with their friends and families, and settle in among the old wooden Chris-Craft boats for an evening of entertainment. Bring your own chair or take a seat provided by the marina, bring a blanket to keep warm, and for an additional $5 movie patrons can grab some popcorn and a soda at The Wake. Candy, smoothies, cookies and gourmet coffee drinks will also be available for purchase.
“Our goal is to provide wholesome family fun where family and friends can come down and enjoy an evening together,” Cox said. “We want to bring family back and believe old treasured movie classics, whether they be goofy, funny, creepy, or nostalgic is a good way to do it.”
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“We wanted to do something a little different that was also family-friendly,” said Kate Elliott, The Wake manager for three years now. “We have received so much positive feedback and input from our customers and friends and they are all itching for us to get going.” She hopes the public will be just as enthusiastic about the movie nights as they are and that they “can’t wait to see who shows up.”
“The Great Race” with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood is set for Friday, July 18, and “North by Northwest” with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint will be the highlight of Saturday, July 19. Other shows in the works include “War of the Worlds” July 23, the 1966 version of “Batman” July 25, “To Catch a Thief” July 26, “Son of Godzilla” July 30, “The Rear Window,” “Casablanca,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “The African Queen,” and several originals of modern movie remakes.
Seating is limited so coming earlier in the week to purchase tickets is recommended and about 15 minutes early for the show for the good seats. Reservations are not available at this time. The movie staging area is located between Lemmon Lodge and the Grand Lake Yacht Club.