Programming for open-air festivals is like programming for neighborhood theaters: You've got to know your audience. The Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival almost started a mini-riot one year when organizers decided not to open with "Moonstruck." Never making that mistake again, they keep their surprises to the middle of the schedule. (They always close with "Cinema Paradiso.")
Here's what draws fans to some of Baltimore's other open-air series:
Eclectic AVAM crowds flip for everything from 'E.T' to 'Avalon'
According to the
Cross Keys crowds love Hepburn and 'Avalon,' too
Julie Gilbert says that with a younger festival like Cross Keys' MovieFest, it's hard to cite popular favorites, because numbers grow week to week and year to year. But she notes that during the 2010 season, which carried the theme "Romantic Classics," "Charade," the oldest of the movies (1963), had a huge turnout, as did "The Princess Bride" (a cult favorite), and "Chocolat" (a sweet, feel-good romantic film). And in the 2009 season (theme: "Baltimore Favorites"), "Hairspray" and "Avalon" were especially popular.
Hopkins moviegoers show up and cry for
Megan Isennock of Johns Hopkins' Outdoor Film Series says, "Last year the biggest turnout we had was for