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"Princess Bride" Is Free Outdoor Movie in Glendale Cemetery in September

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 19, 2013


The announcement, you will note, refers to the movie as "highly quotable." Indeed, says the guy who owns an Inigo Montoya T-shirt. And this weekend, at my older son's wedding, the officiant included a bit of the monologue in the clip above.



The official word: The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) and Akron Digital Media Center (ADMC) announce their second annual free outdoor movie night on Saturday, September 14th, 2013, in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron. The event is made possible by the generous support of PNC Bank and WHNO. In kind support provided by the City of Akron, ADMC and Glendale Cemetery.


The selected film will be the highly quotable fairy tale comedy "The Princess Bride," preceded by audience storytelling around the theme "Real Life Heroes." Visitors are encouraged to picnic on the Great Meadow and are welcome to bring their own low chairs, blankets and flashlights. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be sold with proceeds to benefit WHNO.


Parking will be available outside the main gate in the new city parking lot on Glendale Avenue and across the street from the West entrance at January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 West Exchange Street. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and trolleys provided by the City of Akron will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow until 8:30pm and then resume following the movie. The Civil War Memorial Chapel will be open for visitors prior to the film.


The evening's entertainment will begin at 8:00 p.m., shortly after sunset, with ADMC hosting an open mic story-telling time for audience members. "This year we picked the theme ‘Real life heroes and how they've impacted our lives,'" said Chris Miller, Director of the Akron Digital Media Center, "So come and share your own stories of heroes, giants, villains, wizards and true love."


At 8:30 p.m., the featured film on the 12-foot screen will be "The Princess Bride," a family-friendly fairy tale with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. In the opening scene, Peter Falk, in his role as the grandfather, tells Fred Savage, "When I was your age, television was called books." "Since then, the Internet may have threatened to displace books, television and even big screen films," said WHNO Board Member, Rich Hoselton, "But for one night, the audience can rewind 26 years and see this timeless comedy on the big screen, under the stars."


In the case of rain, the event will be moved back one day to Sunday, September 15 at the same times. For weather updates, call (330) 310-0033 or visit the WHNO website at or Facebook page at The event is free, but donations of any amount are welcomed to offset the costs.


The West Hill Neighborhood Organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality and vitality of the West Hill / Highland Square neighborhood located in West Akron.


Akron Digital Media Center is a community resource that encourages citizen journalism in greater Akron. Its primary goal is to provide the training and tools local residents and organizations need to create news, information and entertainment that challenge and engage our community.

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