Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 3: 2012
We went into year three knowing it would be our last season: the first two years had been a wild ride but the time commitment was significant and with both of us starting new jobs we didn’t think we’d have the bandwidth.
We wanted to go out with a bang, so we threw everything in this year:
Themed beers: We threw in a custom beer for each movie, with a themed name and custom label (some brewed in-house by Laura and Mike Rammer, others by our talented guest-brewers like Scott Dayton, Brian Rebel, Casey Bubert, Paul DiCrosta, and Chris Dargis).
MotR glasses: Obviously, the beers had to get poured into something, so we premiered our custom Movies on the Roof pint glasses (also, how lovely it is to see them still being used in our friends’ homes).
Themed charities: Our audience are wonderfully generous people, but the nature of our screenings mean we couldn’t accept donations. But you wanted to give, so we started selecting a well-rated, thematically appropriate charity for each movie! In the last nine years you’ve donated thousands to a variety of charities, from the tiny Lone Star Equine Rescue (“Stage Coach”) to SETI (“E.T.”) and Planned Parenthood (“Rosemary’s Baby”)
For our “last” year, we lamented over what remaining movies would make our list.
Starting where we left off in 2011 with Raiders, our premier was Spielberg’s next film, “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.” We showed Disney’s first feature-length cartoon as our first cartoon, and discovered that “Snow White” is not just beautiful, but hilarious when you watch it with a crowd, especially with children giggling along. For an appropriate final screening, we chose the original, non-special edition, 1977 theatrical version of “Star Wars”. After sharing that unaltered masterpiece with everyone on the big screen for the first time in decades, what else could we do for our Labor Day Sunday encore but follow up with the “Empire Strikes Back”/“The Return of the Jedi” double feature?
The incomparable Rebecca Fons and Jack Newell hit the third trailer out of the park, and our formal Italian catered feast for “The Godfather” remains among the most extravagant pre-show celebrations we’ve put on. It was a glorious season, and at the end we realized it couldn’t be The End.
The 2012 List:
29 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
31 Some Like It Hot
32 To Kill A Mockingbird
34 Rosemary's Baby
36 All The President's Men
37 Arsenic And Old Lace
38 All About Eve
39 Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
40 The Godfather
41 Star Wars
42 The Empire Strikes Back
43 Return of the Jedi