Tomorrow at 6:00 pm sees the launch of the city’s first Summer Outdoor Movie series in downtown Berkeley — and The Princess Bride is the kick-off movie.

Center Street will be closed to traffic between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street, and, in the run-up to the screening, many local restaurants will be serving special dishes and providing café-style dining from 6:00 pm onwards.

Pirate and princess costumes are encouraged for this screening, and there will prizes for the best ones. Entertainers from the Downtown MusicFest will be on hand to serenade you with steel drums, violins, and Brazilian guitars. The movie itself will be shown at 8:30 p.m.

The inaugural Summer Outdoor Movie series takes place on the four Saturdays in August. Next up, on August 13 is Up; dust off your safari attire forRaiders of the Lost Ark on August 20; and, on August 27, dress as your favorite character from The Big Lebowski. Pre-feature cartoons and short films will round out the evenings.

The movies will be projected onto the west wall of the old UC Printing Plant Building, future site of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Bank of America parking lot will serve as the seating area for movie-goers (chairs will be available to hire for $5.00 each, or people can bring their own).

The “Center Street Summer Cinema” series, which Berkeleyside is proud to sponsor, is easily accessible by BART, AC Transit, and bicycle.

Visit Downtown Berkeley Association for more information.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...