Back when I was kid, Golden was in many ways your typical small town. It had all the things that made it sort of self sufficient, and people didn’t have to go outside the city limits to find all the necessities of life, including entertainment.
One of the things I miss is the old Golden Theater. It was the town’s movie house and was where you went on a Friday night to see a double feature. It was on the corner of 13th street and Washington Avenue, where Starbucks sits today, and was a focal point of downtown.
Fear not. During the month of August, you can still go downtown and catch a movie with the family on a Friday night. Not only that, the events offer a double feature with a live band playing before the show. Where, you might ask. Well, at Parfet Park, and the best part is that it’s free.
You still have two chances to attend Movies and Music in the Park, sponsored by the city of Golden. The last two shows will be Friday, Aug. 16, and Friday, Aug. 23.
These family-friendly shows start with a concert at 7 p.m. followed at dusk, usually around 8:30 p.m., by the showing of a movie on a giant, inflatable screen under the stars. You can bring a picnic basket or get food and drinks from several local vendors that offer pizza, ice cream, pastries, soda and more. Of course, you can’t have a movie without popcorn, so you can be sure it will be available, too. Bring your blanket or low-slung lawn chairs, and get there early to stake out your favorite spot.
The Aug. 16 show will feature the R&B soul music of Easy Bill and the Big Beat, so plan on doing a little dancing, too. This band has earned a lot of respect as one of the top blues bands in the area with its music being featured on 89.3 KUVO regularly. They cover everything from Chicago styles to West Coast grooves and usually get people in a great mood.
The featured film will be the animated classic “The Pirates, Band of Misfits.”
On Aug. 23 you can stomp your boots to the sounds of the Highland Ramblers. The movie that night will be “We Bought a Zoo,” with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
Parfet Park is at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue. For more information about these shows, go online to www.cityofgolden.net and follow the link on the right side of the screen. Call 303-384-8000 if you have any questions.
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production.