There’s more than one way to do dinner and a movie, and in the month of October, downtown Dunedin does it exceptionally well. Every Friday in October, the city of Dunedin shows a film in Pioneer Park beginning when the sun sets around 7:30pm. Many local residents choose to eat dinner downtown before making their way into the park.
There are several popular restaurants on Main Street within a few blocks of Pioneer park. There is Casa Tina’s, Café Alfresco, Tony’s Pizza, Kelly’s/Chic a Boom Room, The Dunedin Smokehouse, and The Living Room, just to name a few. And if you don’t feel like dining out, you could even pack a picnic to eat in the park.
After dinner, people start rolling into Pioneer Park with their lawn chairs.
Most people set up early, and last night we were treated to the sounds of the Dunedin Highlands Middle School Scottish band while waiting for the film to begin. This may seem random to any out-of-towners reading this, but the city of Dunedin has a strong Scottish heritage. The band’s set list, in keeping with the spirit of the event, included some famous movie songs.
The movies shown are typically family-friendly Halloween-type modern classics. Last night they showed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, and Hocus Pocus are coming up. Despite not being in a movie theater, you can still get snacks. Last night, Holy Cow Kettle Corn was the concession stand, selling hot dogs and hamburgers, funnel cakes, lemonade and sodas, and cinnamon roasted mixed nuts in addition to popcorn.