During the summer, the The Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, partnering with Newport Beach Film Festival, hosts a free series of classic and contemporary films, screened under the stars in the Center’s Community Plaza and beautifully projected onto the Center’s own Segerstrom Hall. In addition to each screening’s feature presentation, a selection of the best short animated films from this year’s Festival will be shown, and contests ranging from dance competitions to film trivia quizzes will take place with prizes to be awarded. Highly anticipated and loyally attended, Movie Mondays provides a unique and memorable movie-watching experience in a gorgeous venue for the entire family.
Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests may bring their own snacks and picnic suppers. Patina Catering will have assorted snacks and beverages available for purchase. Barbecues and similar food preparation will not be permitted.
Movie Mondays Lineup:
Evita – August 5
Starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce, this 1986 film by Alan Parker depicts the infamous real-life story of Eva Duarte de Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous, powerful, and hated Argentine woman in history. Movie Mondays audiences will have a chance to experience the classic musical in 2-D before the new production opens the Center’s Broadway Series in December!
Rated PG, 1996, 2 hours and 15 minutes
SCREENED THIS SEASON:
Buena Vista Social Club – SCREENED JULY 15
Acclaimed director Wim Wenders’ documentary follows American jazz guitarist Ry Cooder as he travels to Cuba to unite the legendary musicians of pre-revolutionary Havana. The result was not only a triumphant performance of extraordinary music (hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 300 greatest albums of all time!), but also helped immortalize the artists who had been all but forgotten in their own country.
Rated G, 1997, 1 hour and 45 minutes
Mulan – SCREENED JULY 22
Celebrating the 15th year of its release, Mulan is a Disney animated feature based on a Chinese legend about the only daughter of an aged warrior. To protect him and save their family’s honor, our high-spirited heroine disguised herself as a man and takes her father’s place in the army. With characters voiced by Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, and Harvey Fierstein, and featuring songs by Broadway stars Donny Osmond and Lea Salonga, Mulan is the uplifting tale of the strength and bravery that lies in all of us!
Rated G, 1998, 1 hour and 28 minutes
The Phantom of the Opera – SCREENED JULY 29
The longest-running Broadway show in history was given a Hollywood make-over with this 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical. The Music of the Night will surround the Community Plaza as we screen the winner of last year’s Audience Favorite Fan Poll!
Rated PG-13, 2004, 2 hours and 23 minutes