Sunday, October 29, 2017

La La Land at Leu Gardens Outdoor Screening.

Pam Schwartz and I went to Harry P. Leu Gardens (1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803) to enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden. We brought a lawn chair and Pam has a blue plastic inflatable wind bed that we affectionately call the blue vagina. A woman at the front of the crowd near the movie screen made quite a show of running around to inflate hers and it brought a cheer from the crowd when she finally got is sealed and set up.

The group in front of us had a dinner picnic basket, along with some fine wine. It was still light when I started the sketch, but by the time the movie started it was dark. A storm was forming on the horizon, complete with lightning. The storm never made it over the gardens but it threatened the entire time.

The movie was La La Land which got rave reviews and won several Oscars. The movie opened with an LA traffic jam which of course resulted in a song and dance. It was a love story which unfortunately didn't have such a happy ending. (Spoiler Alert) The entire movie has you rooting for this young artistic couple and then your heart is ripped out at what could have been if they had compromised. Pam hated the ending but it seems true to life with its grey areas and the ecstatic moments of dancing in the air.

The next movie night is November 3, 2017 with the Gardens arrival time of 6:00 PM and the movie time at 7:30 p.m. Much time has been spent repairing hurricane damage to the plants in the park but the historic home smells of mold. The movie is Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. This movie is rated PG13. Under 13 years of age requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Garden Admission: $6 adult, $3 child (5-17 years of age) Admission is collected at the door. Major credit cards accepted.  Leu Members receive free admission, Membership Card and ID required.
Leu Gardens closes at the end of the movie.

Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams. 

Movie Etiquette: For the enjoyment of all, please place cell phones on silent during the movie and smokers may smoke in the gardens away from the movie audience. Curbie’s Sidewalk Cafe will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling popsicles and popcorn.

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