The heat's on, and suddenly the idea of sweltering outdoors just for the privilege of watching a movie for free stops sounding so swell. Sure, there's something delightful about that general get-out-your-lawn-chairs-and-chill ambience of the outdoor movie, but how do you chill when it's still 85 degrees?
You go indoors, that's what you do, and you bring your lawn chairs and your blankets with you to the Boulder Theater, where the Beat the Heat Film Series debuts tonight at 8 p.m. with a screening of a Coen brothers cult classic, Raising Arizona. You'll laugh your head off at the antics of Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman in this twisted kidnapping yarn, and to lend authenticity to the whole experience, the theater will grill up burgers and offer pints of Twisted Pine for three bucks.
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The Beat the Heat series lineup, featuring films chosen in advance by an audience vote (and including another Coen brothers gem and all-time Boulder theater favorite, The Big Lebowski, later in the season), continues with five more screenings, through August 19; it's not free, but the price is pretty darn close: Admission is $5 at the door.
Visit www.bouldertheater.com for the complete schedule, or call 303-786-7030.
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.