Movies in the Mountains

Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance’s Movies on the Square

There’s something magical about sitting under the stars watching a movie on a large screen with a cool summer breeze swirling about. My children and I have been joining other families on Friday nights at Movies on the Square. Every year from the end of May to the beginning of September, the Downtown Business Alliance’s Movies on the Square takes place at the Heritage Square. The Heritage Square is located in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, just off the famous Route 66.

The movie begins just after dusk, following an entertainment act by a local group of some sort. The performances are typically musical acts but we have more recently watched gymnasts and dancers display their talents. This is the second year we are partaking in this free event, and the movies shown are always family-friendly and rated G or PG. Each week’s film is sponsored by a local business or agency and concession stands offer drinks, popcorn and other snacks. There are also a few excellent local eateries nearby waiting to cater to movie-goers. It is also always an option to take dinner from home or pick up something on the way there.

Parking spaces are sometimes difficult to come by, therefore, it is advised to arrive early to not only park close, but to also stake out a great spot to settle in for the evening and enjoy the show. It is a wonderful drug and alcohol-free family event which draws many people of all ages. We enjoy this Friday night outing among the crowd of people sitting on camping chairs, beach chairs, or just rolled up on the ground in their sleeping bags.

I enjoy this weekly event with my four children, all aged 7 and younger because they get to watch a wonderful feature film and get some fresh air while doing it. I get to enjoy some downtime from our normally hectic daily schedule and it’s nice to have our Friday movie nights outside after a long snowy winter. The movie itself is a treat, but add the fresh mountain air at nearly 7,000 feet, and it’s always a night to remember.

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