Movies in the Park is back

Jun 24, 2014
Frank Capra’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” will open this summer’s Monday Night Movies in the Park series in Camden.

Camden — “Arsenic and Old Lace” will open the Monday Night Movies in the Park series July 7 at the Camden Amphitheatre, adjacent to the library on Atlantic Avenue. The films are shown at dusk, so this one should begin around 8:30 p.m.

The series’ movies are projected on an inflatable screen so audiences can enjoy outdoor flicks and watch the moon rise over the harbor. Attendees should bring blankets or chairs for seating; the movies are free, and will be shown indoors if the weather turns wet. The series will continue this summer thanks to the generosity of Camden National Bank and Allen Insurance/Financial.

Camden Public Library’s Monday night movie schedule will feature: July 7, “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944, USA), 118 minutes, not rated; July 14, “My Man Godfrey” (1936, USA), 94 minutes; July 21, “Meet the Robinsons” (2007, USA), 95 minutes, G-rated animation; July 28, “Secondhand Lions” (2003, USA), 109 minutes, PG; Aug. 4, “Glory” (1989, USA), 122 minutes, R; and Aug. 11, “October Sky”  (1999, USA), 108 minutes, PG. The screenings begin at dusk; check the library website for updates.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a madcap comedy starring Cary Grant. The still hilarious movie is about Mortimer (Grant) and his Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha Brewster, two sweet little old ladies who donate toys to charity and care for their nephew Teddy, a bugle-blowing eccentric who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt. Mortimer soon discovers, to his horror, that his dear old aunties have a deadly secret … and then two murderers (Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey) move into the aunts’ house.

The movie was originally scheduled for last summer but was rained out. This summer, no movies will be rained out, since screenings will be indoors in the case of wet weather.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Esteemed character actor Edward Everett Horton is about to make his exit from “Arsenic and Old Lace,” thanks to the elderberry wine served by spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster.
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