more Β»" />

Screen on the Green

by Meghann on July 7, 2012

During the summer months, the city of Tampa presents “Screen on the Green” in downtown Tampa. Every other Friday a classic family movie is shown at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at dusk. Families are welcomed to pack picnics, play in the nearby fountains, and enjoy a (free!) evening out.


I’d heard of the series through various social media channels, but for whatever reason the dates never worked out in the past. Yesterday afternoon Derek and I were skimming Things to do in Tampa Bay (our favorite site to check when we’re bored and looking for something new to do in the area) and the Screen on the Green showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory popped up. Perfect.

We grabbed a couple of chairs, packed a picnic, and were out the door.


The park setting was very laid back and absolutely gorgeous to take in during the early evening light. There were lots of families, groups of friends, and couples spread all over the park with blankets, chairs, and coolers filled with soda for the kids and wine for the adults.


It would be the perfect place to bring a kid (I even saw a lot of tiny babies!), since no one cares if you talk during the movie and there’s plenty of room to let the kid burn off the energy if they get bored from sitting too long.


Even dogs are welcomed. I made friends with a Maddie look-alike who kept trying to eat my cheese. How cute is he?


He’s a Chihuahua/ Jack Russell mix. Doesn’t it look like they just place a Chihuahua head on a Jack Russell’s body? He was so calm, too. I wanted to take him home with me. New friend for Maddie?


Derek and I had stopped at Publix for a few movie watching essentials on the way to downtown.



Obviously a bottle of wine was on top of that essentials list. πŸ˜‰


Our dinner spread, with a little bit of everything.



The website says the movie usually starts at 8:00, but when 8:00 came and went (and it was still very light out), we figured they weren’t going to be starting any time soon. I think the movie actually started at 8:45ish?


Right before the movie started, we were threatened with big black clouds that scared a few folks away.


Derek and I checked the radar and decided to wait it out. It was just one big cloud and was really already halfway past us. We did pack our stuff up, just in case it did rain and we had to make a quick exit.

Luckily all we got was a few little rain drops; nothing to stop the show from going on. Willy Wonka started and we saw the whole thing without having to run for cover.


I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen Willy Wonka all the way through. Truth be told, the movie scared the crap out of me as a kid and I tried to avoid it at all cost back then. Derek was the complete opposite. It was one of his favorites and he could basically quote the whole movie. It was fun watching the movie with him because he made it fun. His love for the movie rubbed off on me. πŸ™‚

The movie ended sometime after 10:30 (which felt late considering how many little kids were in attendance) and I had the last bit of a chocolate bar when we got home.


Wine makes me very sleepy. Derek found me passed out on my keyboard (trying to write this post!) and made me go to bed. Trust me, I was not fighting him.

The Screen on the Green was fun, and something I would definitely recommend! I’m going to keep an eye on the schedule and see if we’re free for any Fridays in the future.

1 theresa @ a spoonful of sunshine July 7, 2012 at 8:46 am

I think picincs are probably one of the cutest summer activities, and your spread of food looks delicious! Sometime its is the simple things in life that are the best πŸ™‚
theresa @ a spoonful of sunshine recently posted..Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

2 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

You are one hard core blogging, passing out while trying to write a post haha! Looks like a fun evening. I love the pic of that little puppy!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Friday Fun.

3 Meet At The Finish July 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

Aww what a fun romantic thing to do. I think there is nothing more fun then a picnic. And I see it is the original movie which was AMAZING. Grew up loving it! Wish KC did something like this or need to see if they do because this looks like such a fun easy night out with big miles lately I just don’t have the energy for the bar scene πŸ™

4 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

That looks like fun! When I lived in Ann Arbor they showed an outdoor movie every Sunday. They were all classics like Back to the Future, Willy Wonka, etc. It was always so much fun πŸ™‚
Lindsay @ Running the Windy City recently posted..Girl & the Goat

5 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

How fun! I’ve always loved willy wonka and the chocolate factory. It’s the newer one with johnny depp that freaks me out haha.
Gabby (Quest for Delicious) recently posted..4th of july in photos

6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

I bought that exact same bottle of wine yesterday for dinner tonight, hope it was a good one! πŸ™‚
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen recently posted..From bookmark to blog: nectarine, sage & brie pizza

7 Heather July 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

How fun! I love willy wonka, but hate the johnny depp version. They ruined a classic!
Heather recently posted..RWS Features #31

8 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights July 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

Looks like such a fun summer date! There are no outdoor movies around here, but my husband and I may have to pack a picnic like yours to finish out the weekend!
Allison @ Running Through Red Lights recently posted..The Treadmill Isn’t So Bad After All

9 Christine @ BookishlyB July 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

That look really, really fun. I love your picnic basket! I’m always tempted to buy one but I don’t do a lot of picnicking (although maybe I’d start if I had one).
Christine @ BookishlyB recently posted..Nonfiction Nagging- Those Silly Scientologists

10 Becka @ simplybecka July 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

Who doesn’t love a summer movie outdoors like a drive in movie theater, gosh I miss those. What fun, your picnic basket looks yummy. Have a great weekend. ^_^
Becka @ simplybecka recently posted..good day…

11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

that looks like so much fun! They do that in chicago but I haven’t been to one yet!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats recently posted..American Wife

12 Hillary July 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Outdoor movies are basically my favorite summer activity! They have them every week in the summer in the Little Italy neighborhood in Baltimore; I try to get there at least once a summer.
Hillary recently posted..(Not So Key) Lime Pie

13 Sloane @ Life Food and Beer July 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Our community does a movie on the green once a month and it ALWAYS gets cancelled because of rain!! It seems like fun though!
Sloane @ Life Food and Beer recently posted..Blood Sweat and Tears

14 Cait's Plate July 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Love this! When I used to live in Hoboken, NJ they did this on the green and it was always such a blast!
Cait’s Plate recently posted..Perfect End

15 Candice July 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

So FUN!! That would be a great thing to have in every city, we haven’t taken the kids to a movie because I know they will not sit through a whole movie in a theater that would be perfect!
Candice recently posted..Strawberry-Lemonade Smoothie

16 Erica July 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

So fun (and romantic). Yummy spread. Glad y’all didn’t get rained out
Erica recently posted..Sweet & Salty Granola & Wedding Showers

17 Meghan @ After the Ivy League July 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

That looks like such a fun summer night! I love Willy Wonka, one of my all time favorite movies.
Meghan @ After the Ivy League recently posted..Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

18 meghan July 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Fun! We’ll be having our rehearsal at the art museum in two Friday’s, so I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a lot of people for that. Tricky tricky.

19 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

What a cute date! I am loving the picnic basket set too!
Cait @ Beyond Bananas recently posted..Friday Facts

20 Mandi @ Miles and Mascara July 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Looks like so much fun! There a places around here that put on those types of events, but we’ve never been to one. That needs to change. After seeing this, it looks like a great (and cheap!) date night idea!
Mandi @ Miles and Mascara recently posted..Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog…

21 Laura July 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Is it actually called Willy Wonka in the States? Not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

22 Meghann July 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

There are two different movies. The original one from 1971 is WIlly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the latest one is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both are based off of the same book (play?) called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’m not sure why the 1970s movie was Willy Wonka?

23 Laura July 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

It’s based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. πŸ™‚ All of Roald Dahl’s books were pretty much required reading growing up in New Zealand and England! Actually, that one was pretty much my favourite. Mostly for the food porn aspect, heh.

24 Donna Chen July 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Great blog! Thanks for the continued shout outs and fab photos of Tampa’s Downtown! We are enjoying… keep ’em coming.
Donna Chen
Tampa Downtown Partnership

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: