09-28-2011 08:35 AM CET - Arts & Culture

Riderwood Retirement Community Residents in Silver Spring, MD, Will Relive Drive-in Movie Era on Friday Night, September 30, When They Watch "Cactus Flower" Under the Stars; Huge 21-Foot by 21-Foot Screen Will Dwarf Campus Tennis Courts

Press release from: Riderwood

A Movie Under the Stars event in which in which hundreds of Riderwood residents, their families and their friends will relive outdoor drive-in movie experiences of the past. They will watch “Cactus Flower,” a movie starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn (in her Academy Award winning performance ) as the wonder of night skies filled with stars adds a magical, surreal backdrop.

Attendees will sit in chairs on the Tennis Courts parking lot near Renaissance Gardens to watch the movie, which will be projected onto a huge 21-foot by 21-foot screen that recalls the bygone days when drive-ins ruled the nation’s entertainment landscape. The drive-in's peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spreading across the United States. Among its advantages was the fact that a family with a baby could take care of their child while watching a movie, while teenagers with access to autos found drive-ins ideal for dates.

Friday night, September 30, from 7- 9 p.m., at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD.

Riderwood, which has nearly 3,000 residents, is the nation’s largest continuing care retirement community. It sits on 120 acres that stretch across Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Riderwood (www.RiderwoodVillage.us ) offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy. Riderwood is managed by Erickson Living. Riderwood is located at 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD,20904. Tel: 301-572-1300.

Mel Tansill
Public Affairs Manager
3140 Gracefield Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Cell: 410-241-7614

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