Description and review of Movies at the Fort, held each summer on the 2nd Saturday of June, July and August at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Midtown Sacramento.
Two friends and I attended Movies at the Fort this past Saturday. I have been aware of Movies at the Fort since it was inaugurated in 2018, but this was my first time attending. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We had carpooled as we were concerned about parking, but luckily found street parking nearby.
It had been a hot (triple digit) day, but it cooled off nicely that evening and was very comfortable thanks to the Delta breeze.
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This year (free) reservations were required as the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us. The number of attendees was limited, thus allowing everyone to comfortably remain socially distanced.
The movies shown at Movies at the Fort are projected on the exterior West wall of Sutter’s Fort. The location is perfect as there is a large grassy area facing the good-sized wall.
The movie shown that evening was Disney’s Up. All of the movies shown at Movies at the Fort are family-friendly. In June, Captain Marvel opened the season followed by A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in July.
We settled into our chosen spot, spreading a blanket and setting up low lawn chairs before unpacking the food and drink we had brought. Food and drink for purchase are also available at the venue.
Just prior to the start of the film there was an opportunity to win gift cards for various Sutter District restaurants – if you could answer a question about Up correctly. It was obvious that many of the children in the audience had seen the movie previously.
It was right around 8:45 p.m. when the movie started. Everyone quieted down to watch the film. My other two friends had seen Up previously, but it was new to me. I enjoyed the film, as did my two friends. Both commented on how much of the plot they had forgotten and that it was almost like watching the film for the first time.
As we walked back to the car afterwards, we were all in agreement that it had been a most enjoyable way to spend a pleasant summer evening. I look forward to attending Movies at the Fort again next year.
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Movies at the Fort Snapshot:
- 2nd Saturday of June/July/August
- Exterior wall of Sutter’s Fort (west side near 26th & L Streets)
- Seating opens at 7:00 p.m.
- Movie starts approximately 8:45
- Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs
- Dog friendly
- Street parking
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