Reel aims to showcase Del Paso Boulevard and art community
Grab a bike, blanket and popcorn. Organizers of new monthly event called Reel offer a “bike-in” movie theater with music and art at The Greens Hotel on Del Paso Boulevard from August through October.
Reel co-organizer Chris Jarosz, who is also the co-operator of The Greens Hotel and the owner of the Wicked ‘wich food truck, said he was tired of the same bar scene filled with the same people “totally bored out of their minds,” so he and Matt Chong developed Reel a free movie series that has a movie, DJ, mini art gallery, pop-up vendors, beer garden and food trucks.
The “bike-in” theater is a modern take on a car-centered tradition.
“That’s what the hipsters do,” Jarosz said. “They want to hop on their bike, go have a couple of beers and hang out, and I think that’s more fun for people, as opposed to just having the normal drive out to Natomas, and sit in a stuffy theater, and catch a movie.”
Jarosz said the Reel, like the monthly Good festival, is a part of an effort to help revitalize Del Paso Boulevard and showcase local talent.
“What we’re trying to do is show the downtown that it’s actually a cool place to hang out like the Mission in San Francisco,” he said. “That’s where we see it going in the future, like a small version of the Mission.”’
Reel co-organizer Matt Chong said the real challenge for Reel is not money, is not time, but changing perceptions.
“It’s really a matter of just getting people to understand that this is a cool place to be at,” he said.
The Greens Hotel doubles as a home for six artists participating in the Artist-in-Residency (AIR) program, which provides a platform for local artists.
Reel attendees can explore the hotel’s rooms to see the artwork of AIR artists and and pop-up vendors such as Gypsy Mobile Boutique.The movie will be shown in the parking lot area.
The Reel bike-in theater is open to the 21-and-older crowd and will take place every first and third Thursday of the month at 1700 Del Paso Blvd. from 6 – 10 p.m. beginning Thursday.
Indiana Jones classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” kicks off the movie series followed by “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” a documentary on skateboarding pioneers the Zephyr skating team.
Here is the full movie lineup:
Aug. 2: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (action)
Aug. 16: “Dogtown and Z-Boys” (documentary)
Sept. 6: “Best In Show” (comedy)
Sept. 20: “Waste Land” (documentary)
Oct. 4: “Snatch” (crime thriller)
Oct. 18: “Exit Through the Gift Shop” (documentary)