Growing up my parents would host large neighborhood parties and get-togethers. It was a ton of fun for us as kids, and something I’ve always wanted to do as an adult. Our neighborhood isn’t exactly aged right for this type of party, and the majority of kids are just visiting their grand parents. But thankfully, my parents still love hosting parties and our outside home theater is completely mobile – so this past weekend, I brought the party to them.
Armed with a popcorn machine, our mobile screen, projector, speaker and a copy of Beauty and the Beast, we actually did a double feature just like we grew up with at the Drive In theaters. Bambi started earlier for the younger viewers and Beauty and the Beast once it was super dark.
Besides having the flexibility to start the show any time you want, you can also pause the show as needed. But one thing it allows you do as well, watch your favorite shows while the kids are kids and play – just like we did at the Drive In. You may end up with someone making shadow puppets on your screen – but it’s part of building the memories and fun of childhood.
Part of our party fun this time was a package of new Beauty and the Beast items that any fan will love. From a Beast Funko Pop Vinyl who went on his own adventures around the party, a Beauty and the Beast Water Bottle, Belle Costume Jewelry Set and a Beauty and the Beast Journal. Sadly, the journal wont transport you to Paris just by touching it, but it can be a great place to share your adventures inside.
We had such a great time watching movies together with the neighbors and friends. We can’t wait to bring the neighborhood together again to watch another movie. It’s awesome bringing back that feeling of the old block party and is so easy to do. It’s the simple things that can help bring you closer to your neighbors, and with the fun summer nights – it’s a great time to get to know everyone just a little better!
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About Beauty and the Beast:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.