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New shopping village hosts Picnic, Popcorn and Picture Show series of outdoor movies

THE NEWLY built Santana Row live/work/shop development, which to these unarchitecturally trained eyes looks pretty much like a movie set as is, furthers the cinematic connection with a summer-long free outdoor movie series (May 14-Sept. 24). While nothing will replace the Winchester Drive-In, dead and buried some three miles down the street, this is a nice gesture toward rebuilding San Jose's once-thriving outdoor movie-watching scene.

The 20-week series includes a well-chosen mix of classics and recent popular favorites. The series kicks off May 14 with Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder's famed 1959 comedy with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and a never funnier Marilyn Monroe. The rest of the program includes plenty of Hitchcock (his melancholy masterpiece Vertigo, June 4; To Catch a Thief, July 2; Rear Window, Aug. 6; and North by Northwest, Sept. 3); another by Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sept. 17); Casablanca, May 21; The Matrix, May 28; Sixteen Candles, June 11; Shakespeare in Love, June 18; The Magnificent Seven, June 25; and--for those with a high tolerance of meteors and Liv Tyler--a revival of Armageddon, Aug. 27. The films all start when darkness falls, around 8:30pm or so.

Picnic, Popcorn & Picture Show runs every Wednesday at sundown, May 14-Sept. 24, at Park Valencia, Santana Row, off Olin Avenue at Winchester Boulevard. Rain cancels. Free. Check www.santanarow.com or call 408.551.4600 for details.

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From the May 8-14, 2003 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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