airport movies

See the “E.T.” film for free at Denver Int’l Airport

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How’s this for a perfect match.

On August 18, as part of its “Film on the Fly” series, Denver International Airport (DEN) will host a free screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic film, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” on the airport’s open-air plaza between the main terminal and the Denver Westin International Airport hotel

Starting at about 5:30, there will be music, raffle prizes and a performance of live bike stunts on the plaza (to get folks in the mood for E.T.’s famous ride).  The movie will begin showing at sunset.

I attended last month’s “Film on the Fly” offering – “Top Gun” – at DEN airport and had a great time. In addition to local residents who came by for the music and the movie, some passengers waiting for flights joined the audience, as well as airport employees on breaks or on their way home from work.

More information about this and other free events on the DEN airport plaza here.

Silent movies showing at Miami Int’l Airport

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Here’s a great amenity for an airport: silent movies!

This summer, Miami International Airport is hosting a Pop-Up Cinema showing classic early films.

Weekly screenings – there’s one scheduled for today – will take place in surprise locations throughout the airport.

Last week a Buster Keaton movie was shown. Today: Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie – from 1928.

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The films are coming to MIA Airport courtesy of Obsolete Media Miami (O.M.M.), a repository for 35 mm slides, archival motion picture films and materials, and other legacy media and a resource for artists. designers, filmmakers – and now also passengers stuck at the airport.

Outdoor movies – at the airport.

The amenities at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and the Incheon International Airport in Seoul include movie theaters.

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Hong Kong Int’l Airport has an IMAX theater

But those are indoor movie theaters.

In what we hope will be a regular feature, last weekend Germany’s Düsseldorf International (which recently adopted a parking robot) offered visitors a chance to see an outdoor movie at the airport.

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The one-night cinema had seats for over 700 people and was set up on the airport’s outdoor observation deck.

On Saturday night the German comedy “Nicht mein Tag” was shown. On Sunday, it was James Bond in “Skyfall”.

Moviegoers had perfect outdoor moving-watching weather and, as a bonus, could see airplanes landing and taking off just behind the screen.

And, to make sure everyone could hear the soundtrack, wireless headphones were passed out.

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(Movie photos courtesy of Dusseldorf Airport)