Two more chances to check out Movies in the Park in downtown St. Pete

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There are still two more chances to catch a free movie in the park. The month-long music and movie event in North Straub Park every Thursday still has “Napolean Dynamite” and “The Goonies” left on the slate.

Opening at 6 p.m. before showing the cult classic comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” this Thursday is local country musician Nick Whitely & Co. Next Thursday catch “The Goonies” after settling in to watch live music performed by the Dunedin rock/roots band, Between Bluffs. The movies start after the sun goes down.

Movies in the Park is free, but donations are welcomed. Food and drink are available to purchase. Moviegoers can also bring their own picnics. Whether you spread out a blanket on the lawn or kick-back in a captain’s chair in the back, the cooler evening weather combined with the backdrop of the downtown waterfront and iconic pier, St. Pete residents would be foolish to miss the chance to chill out for a movie in our beloved city.

“Napoleon Dynamite” is a 2004 film featuring a mega-nerd who helps his Latin buddy try to nab the class presidency. The goofball comedy is famous for churning out some notoriously cheesy one-liners like, “don’t be jealous because I’ve been chatting online with babes all day” and “it’s pretty much my favorite animal.” Of course, none of the movie quotes work without inserting that token Napoleon drawl, gosh.

“The Goonies” is a 1985 classic where a group of teens set out on a treasure hunt in order to save a desperate mom from foreclosure. It’s full of fluffy hair, bad 80s clothes and super cool headbands.

Organizers recommend parking in the Baywalk parking garage on Second Avenue or in one of the Pier lots. There’s also free valet parking for bicycles provided by the St. Petersburg Bike Co-Op.

Previous October movies in the park were “Dead Poets Society,” “Remember the Titans” and “Grease.” The events are hosted by Preserve the ‘Burg.

Movies in the Park is also open during May.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email