If you’ve ever passed by the Gathering Place, at 7 p.m. on a Friday, you may have noticed the smell of fresh popcorn and the sight of residents gathered intently around a TV. A tradition at Cedar Crest for more than 15 years, Friday Night Movies is currently implemented by residents Don Dyke and Dick Newsome.
“We present a variety of movies, with an emphasis on the classics, musicals, westerns and comedies. It helps that we have a large selection to choose from,” said Don. He considers content, film rating and feature length when making a decision. The motion pictures are obtained from different sources, including the Cedar Crest Library and a resident’s personal collection. Occasionally, movies are purchased. Residents are encouraged to make requests as well.
The selected video for the current week is displayed on colored posters, which can be found posted in the elevators and near the mailroom. They are also mentioned in the monthly newsletter. Attendance is typically around 20 residents, but all independent living residents are invited to the screenings.
The Gathering Place features a wide flat screen TV, a DVD and VHS player and a sound amplification system. Guests are welcome to free popcorn at the showings. A film is presented every week, unless there is a holiday.