As it has for nearly 50 years, Merriweather Post Pavilion will be home to this summer’s hottest concerts. And for the first time, it will also be home to a series of classic summer movies!
The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission today announced its first season of Merriweather Movie Nights. Utilizing the amphitheater’s high-definition video screens and featuring food and beverage choices from Manor Hill Brewing and Tavern, Merriweather Movie Nights will offer guests an outdoor movie experience unlike any other.
“We are excited to open Merriweather to our community for these music-themed movie nights, which are sure to offer something for everyone,” said Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission (DCACC). “As the owners of this cherished amphitheater, we are excited to introduce new community-focused programming at Merriweather, and these movie nights are just the beginning.”
Like summer itself, the series kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend with the classic musical Grease on Saturday, May 27th, and follows thereafter with The Last Waltz in June, Moana in July, and School of Rock in August. Guests will have the choice of free, general admission seating under the stars on the lawn or within certain sections of the pavilion, or for $10, they can purchase a reserved pavilion seat in a prime viewing area with access to the venue’s new party deck. Tickets, free or paid, are required for attendees and can be obtained starting Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at www.merriweathermusic.com/community-events/ or www.dcacc.info/mppmovies
But it’s not just the venue that will make this series special. Manor Hill Brewing and Tavern will be on-hand each night with a diverse selection of locally-crafted food and beer available for purchase.
“People have come to expect great things from Manor Hill and Merriweather, so the pairing is a natural fit,” said Randy Marriner of Manor Hill Brewing and Tavern. “We can’t wait to help redefine the “dinner and a movie” experience in Howard County this summer.”
In addition to Manor Hill, the Merriweather Movie Nights are possible because of the generous support of its sponsors—Costello Construction of Maryland, Howard Bank, the Columbia Association, the Howard County Economic Development Authority, and the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.
“We want to be able to offer programming at Merriweather that is open and accessible to everyone at low or no-cost to residents, and that’s only possible because of the great community partners who have offered to support these movie nights,” said Kennedy.
The schedule of movies, including times and links to more information, is:
Saturday, May 27, Grease: Join Sandy, Danny, and the rest of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds for this classic movie musical of summer romances, school days at Rydell High School, and everything in between. Singing and dancing encouraged. Doors 5:30 pm; showtime 7:30 pm. Tickets and information.
Wednesday, June 28, The Last Waltz: "This film should be played loud!" Thus begins Martin Scorsese’s seminal documentary about the star-studded final performance of The Band. With songs that changed rock-and-roll forever and cinematography that did the same for movie, The Last Waltz maintains its perch as the defining rock documentary even today, forty years after its release. Doors 5:30 pm; showtime 7:30 pm. Tickets and information.
Wednesday, July 26, Moana: Follow Moana on her action-packed voyage across the sea as she tries to save her village and fulfill the quest of her ancestors. With songs from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is an all-ages crowd pleaser not to be missed. Doors 5:30 pm; showtime 7:30 pm. Tickets and information.
Wednesday, August 30, School of Rock: School’s almost back in session, so what better way to cap-off summer than with this film about a down-on-his-luck musician who teaches a group of prep school students about the ways of rock-and-roll. Full of laughs and classic rock songs, School of Rock is great fun for fans of music and comedy. Doors 5:30 pm; showtime 7:30 pm. Tickets and information.