'Goonies' and Odd Ones Out open this season's Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, on June 21


Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

The annual Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema series kicks off on Saturday, June 21, 2014 with preshow entertainment by teen rock band Odd Ones Out, followed by a screening of "The Goonies" at the Village Green in Fairhaven.


Doug Borneman has been the Wizard of Oz - the man behind (or rather, in front of) - the screen at the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema series each summer since 2004.

The Bellingham resident started his company, Epic Events, and began producing outdoor movies in Redmond in 2002.

Whatcom Film Association, which evolved into Pickford Film Center, began the outdoor movies in the 1990s in Fairhaven.

On Saturday, June 21, the fun begins with preshow entertainment by teen rock band Odd Ones Out, followed by a screening of "The Goonies." The series runs every Saturday through Aug. 23, with movies shown on the 30-foot screen at the Village Green at 10th Street and Mill Avenue.

Borneman's advice to people who haven't attended any of the movies is - Get there early!

Seating is first-come, first to the prime seats on the green, Borneman says, and it's a good idea to bring blankets for sitting on the grass.

He adds that lawn chairs are allowed only on the limited brick areas that surround the grass, which is reserved for blankets and ground-seating.

He also encourages moviegoers to come hungry and eat at the food vendors, although picnics are OK. This year's food choices at the Village Green are Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs, Kettle Corn and Dancing Bear Organics Cotton Candy.

Alcohol is not allowed, due to park rules. Well-behaved dogs and owners are welcome, he says.

Borneman uses an NEC Projector capable of projecting from a 40-degree angle, so the projectionists can be off to the side and not block viewers.

The projector is twice as bright as the original LCD projector he used to have. The screen on the buildings on the south side of the green was coated with reflective white movie paint last year, thanks to contributions from the Historic Fairhaven Association and local businesses.

Borneman kiddingly says the movies are selected each year using a secret formula.

Joking aside, he says, "We actually put a lot of effort into developing a schedule that appeals to a variety of audiences. We ask for feedback on our Facebook page during the process and also look at what the response has been to certain types of films over the years. We give some thought to the pairing of performers and movies, but more than that or a goal is to book talented local performers that our crowds will enjoy."

And since we're in the Northwest, events are planned rain or shine.

"We've cancelled a couple events over the years when the weather was really nasty, but that is very rare," Borneman says.

The movies begin at dusk, which is about 90 minutes after the live entertainment starts.

Audiences vary from families with toddlers, to seniors, and they're generally a well-mannered and respectful group.

One of Bornman's favorite moments was when there was a wedding proposal on-stage before a movie.

"The gentleman made a video that we showed on the screen of all of the couple's favorite places and activities in Bellingham," he says. "The last scene of the video was at the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. At that point, we gave him a microphone and he proposed on stage. She said yes!"


For details about Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, go to FairhavenOutdoorCinema.com or see Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema on Facebook.

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