Saugatuck Center for the Arts Announces Exciting Inaugural Run of Stargaze Cinema

The SCA releases a slate of outdoor screenings for the whole family… almost.

Saugatuck, Michigan – While Saugatuck’s old Starlight Drive-In ran its last reel well over 30 years ago, the magic of movies under the moonlight still captivates. And, now, in the age of social-distancing, that all but bygone form of entertainment seems as urgent as ever. To that end, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts is firing up the projector – digitally speaking – for 5 nights of moviegoing en plein air with the Stargaze Cinema series.

Just like our concerts, the parking lot becomes a socially-distanced seating area for you and your friends. It’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) which is our way of helping you be socially distanced as you enjoy the show. Our SCA team has all the safety protocols in place to ensure a safe, comfortable outdoor entertainment experience.

As a bonus, your ticket includes a bag of locally-sourced gourmet popcorn! Grab a drink from the bar then settle in for an evening with breezes off the river and sunset-streaked skies while enjoying the thrill of film — al fresco-style. Just don’t forget a jacket!

All seating is general admission and until further notice, all patrons units will have 6ft. of distance spaced between each other. A patron unit is described as either a family or group of ticket purchasers who’ve agreed to sit together. All patron units who intend to sit together, whether purchasing early or same-day tickets, must arrive with their chairs together. You will not be seated unless your full unit is present. Please note that while seating is considered general admission, your patron unit will be assigned a designated space upon arrival on a first-come-first-serve basis. While the SCA staff is prepared to seat you quickly, safely, and efficiently, you may want to arrive early to avoid potential lines and enjoy refreshments.

On Friday, September 18 at 8:00 PM (Doors at 7:00 PM) Broadway comes – back – to the Big Screen with the musical-reimagining of John Water’s camp classic Hairspray. It’s the swinging ‘60s in Baltimore and all teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance. Facing friction in her fight for equality and acceptance, she piles her hair high, steps into her boogie shoes, and proves that when you follow your own beat, the world will follow you. Featuring Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a fabulously-surprising turn by John Travolta.

Rated PG. Tickets: $15/Adult, $5/Child ages 13 and under

He’s legendary. He’s leisurely. He just may be the Sausage King of Chicago. That’s right; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is coming to the SCA Friday, October 16 at 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM). Join Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane as they galivant across Chicago, dodging principle Rooney and responsibility at every turn. Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara.

Rated PG. Tickets $15/Adult, $5/Child ages 13 and under

Looking for a frightfully-delightful animated film? Then check out Hotel Transylvania Friday, October 23 at 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM). Dracula’s haunted hotel is the hotspot for classic monsters looking to escape the horrors of the human world. With his little girl turning 118, old Drac is planning the fete of the century, but things turn upside down when the ghastliest of ghouls arrives: some guy named Jonathan. Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg.

Rated PG. Tickets $15/Adult, $5/Child ages 13 and under

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters screens Friday, October 30 at 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM). Egon, Peter, Ray, and Winston strap on their proton packs to rid NYC of specters, phantasms, and one big Marshmallow. Will the Keymaster unite with the Gatekeeper? Will Gozer the Gozerian overrun Manhattan? Only one thing is certain: Never Cross the Streams!!! Starring Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, and Sigourney Weaver.

Rated PG. Tickets $15/Adult, $5/Child ages 13 and under

Rounding things out is the undisputed king of midnight movies, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM). We could try to explain this outrageous, energetic exercise in excess, but it simply must be seen – by those age 17 and up – to be believed. Rabid fans the world over have made audience participation in the viewing experience practically mandatory, and we’re encouraging you to do the same – in a safe fashion. Dress up as gender-bending Dr. Frank N. Furter, creepy Riff-Raff, or deceptively-innocent Janet, singalong to the infectious songs, and definitely get yourself a “Rocky Horror Kit.” Available for purchase, these bags contain all the accoutrement needed – including instructions – for having a raucous good time. Starring Tim Curry, Meatloaf, and a fresh-faced Susan Sarandon.

This film is only for those 17 and older.
Tickets $20 OR $30 w/ Rocky Horror Kit

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts would like to thank Stargaze Cinema’s gracious sponsors: Scrapyard Climbing, Andy Knight & Beau Gratzer, John Cannarsa & Tim Straker, Century 21 Affiliated Douglas / Bill Underdown, Pati Bekken, Liz Engel, Ryan Johnson, Tammy Kerr, Kate Kraus, Brian Scieszka, Patricia Tabachuk.


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