It was back in December 2015, when GG was MCing the turning on of the Christmas lights in Burnaby Park and Frozen was on the big screen that we were finally convinced that Greystones really should have outdoor screenings.
Having run a number of outdoor films for kids ourselves over the years – wearing our Greystones Film Club hat – it was always surprising to us that the town just didn’t do cinema al fresco. And so we set about finding a suitable spot for the summer…
It would have all been a pipe dream though if the Guide hadn’t been lucky enough to team up with the wonderful Ross McParland at Theatre Lane. A man so damn wonderful that he instantly insisted that the event be a free one, and that he would foot the entire bill.
Not long after, Grease@TheCove became the first screening for the Greystones Outdoor Cinema Club.
Given that, when the dust settled, the goody bags had been given out, the spot prizes distributed, and the most magical night in Greystones for a very, very, very long time finally kicked into action, you’d be lucky to have any change out of €2,500, footing the entire bill was one hell of a generous – nay, magnanimous – gesture on Ross’ part.
And one that nobody would expect him to do all on his lonesome second time round. So, we did some simple maths. If we g0t 400 happy Greystonians together at a fiver a head – which would include the movie, the goodies, the freebies, the popcorn and the spot prizes – then, the cost on the night to Ross and Theatre Lane may not be quite so headspinning.
And a beautiful Greystones tradition has been born. We’ll be aiming to make the likes of Halloween and Christmas that little bit special, if we get the weather, and we’ll certainly be back to full bloom in the spring. I reckon The Commitments for Paddy’s Day 2017 sounds like a winner…
In the meantime, here’s a little aerial footage, courtesy of Christian Byrne, of that debut Grease screening. Jump to the 5min mark for the good stuff.