An Annual Summer Tradition Returns to the Market Common
The advent of June brings with it the return of Movies Under the Stars, the weekly outdoor summer movie tradition held in Valor Park in the Market Common.
Every Friday night all summer long, friends, couples, families, singles, some with animal friends, arrive with beach chairs and blankets in the warmth of the summer evening, and select their viewing spot from which to admire the stars and of course, watch the movie.
This free event is such a beloved tradition, that’s been happening for so many years, that we decided to learn more about how it all began and who was responsible for making it happen.
I called the Market Common office and spoke with Katherine Taylor to learn more. Unfortunately for this history account, the story of how Movies Under the Stars began remains shrouded in the mists of time.
Neither Katherine nor anyone else in the office knew when it began or how.
“It was a long time ago,” Katherine tells me. “They bought the screen when Brooke Doswell was the general manager. Brooke got the screen from where she used to live, and that’s how it all started. It was picked up second hand somewhere. We don’t know who the brainchild of it is.”
Whoever was kind and clever enough to come up with the idea bestowed on all visiting and resident movie and stargazing buffs a great gift, with our thanks.
Katherine is responsible for the movie line-up; she’s been doing it for two years. She chooses movies based on their popularity in the theaters, and selects mostly G or PG rated ones to ensure the event is family friendly. At least once a month, there is a PG-13 rated selection to cater to older crowds.
“This year, to help promote The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, we’ll be showing some shorts that were screened before the movie starts,” Katherine says. “If we can do this every week, we will, but to prevent confusing people, they will be short films.”
There will be popcorn and ice cream vendors again this year, and free bouncy houses for the kids before the movie starts. And the Market Common staple, the Kettle Corn Man, will be there as well.
“I attend the event,” Katherine tells me. “I usually go with my dog Charlie… I enjoy it whenever I can.”
The movie starts at dusk, around 9pm, and the time varies weekly as the sun shifts in the sky.
June 2, Matilda (PG)
June 9, Minions (PG)
June 16, Secret Life of Pets (PG)
June 23, Ghostbusters (PG-13)
June 30, The Jungle Book (PG)
We’ll see you there.
Movies Under the Stars
Movies Under the Stars, in Valor Park, off of Farrow Parkway in the Market Common happens every Friday night from June 2- August 25, at dusk.
To see more events going on around the Market Common, visit our events section!