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Kim Aronson, a regular contributor to Berkeleyside, spent Saturday evening in downtown Berkeley enjoying a free screening of Up, courtesy of the newly launched Center Street Summer Cinema series. He shot the short video above to share with us.

Reader Eric was also there and reports on the event in the Comments section:

Another fabulous evening and our party of five was delighted to patronize the Italian restaurant that set up outdoor seating in the pedestrianized block of Center. I really can’t emphasize how great it was to dine al fresco in this spot. The light was beautiful, the noise of the traffic remote, and the nearby music delightful.  Oh, and the food was quite good — had never eaten at that place before and would definitely come back. Great service too, including a bartender who knows how to make a cocktail.

I’d be enthusiastically in favor of pedestrianizing that block on a regular basis — it’s a fantastic improvement. That would enable the restaurants to have heat lamps in the seating area, as is the case at Jupiter (which is less exposed, yet chilly). It’d be necessary, of course, to remain vigilant about keeping the panhandlers out.

The two tweens in our party also visited Ben & Jerry’s, though ice cream on a Berkeley “summer” evening requires a hardiness that I apparently lack.

Raiders of The Lost Ark is up next in the series, showing on Saturday 20th. Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Howard Barkin on Latin Jazz Guitar and UCA Capoeira. Safari attire is encouraged for the costume competition. Center Street Summer Cinema is sponsored by Berkeleyside. Find all details here.

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...