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Enjoy dinner and a movie on select summer nights in downtown Nashua. Courtesy photo.




Downtown Dinner & Movie Series

Select Wednesdays during the summer in downtown Nashua. R-rated movies are edited “made-for-TV” versions.
Cost: $10 for admission; restaurant menu items are additional
Visit: nashuamovies.com to purchase tickets
 
Schedule:
• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (R, 2013)
When: Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
Where: E. Pearl Street and Main Street, Nashua
Restaurant: Unums
 
• Jaws (PG, 1975)
When: Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m.
Where: W. Pearl Street and Main Street, Nashua
Restaurant: Surf
 
• The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 1975)
When: Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.
Where: E. Pearl Street and Main Street, Nashua
Restaurant: Villa Banca
 
• Viewers vote: Bridesmaids (R, 2011) or The Hangover (R, 2009)
When: Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.
Where: W. Pearl Street and Main Street, Nashua
Restaurant: Martha’s Exchange
Voting: Closes Tuesday, July 15; visit nashuamovies.com




Dining with the stars
Nashua streets shut down for outdoor Dinner & Movie

07/03/14



 Forget the popcorn — Nashua enjoys its films with fine dining. 

For its third summer, the Downtown Dinner & Movie series will screen a total of six films on West and East Pearl streets in Nashua. The streets shut down for the evening while moviegoers park at a table to enjoy dinner from a participating Nashua restaurant while watching the big screen.
“The idea is pretty unique. You don’t see this series anywhere else within southern New Hampshire,” said Christopher Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the series. “Nashua has always been known for really good restaurants and for fine dining. So this series is intended to let people know that beyond just good restaurants, they can have an experience in our downtown, an experience which makes Nashua a unique city.”
The attendance ranges from 100 up to 200 patrons each night, and Williams said that patrons pick their movie nights based on the movie selection just as much as the host restaurant for that night. Others purchase season passes to enjoy the series all summer long.
Four restaurants are participating this year: Villa Banca, Unums, Surf, and Martha’s Exchange. Each restaurant offers a menu for the movie nights, and patrons order everything from cocktails and appetizers to a full three-course meal, Williams said. 
Surf will be the host restaurant for the screening of Jaws on July 23, with shark sushi and an oyster bar, along with other seafood items.
“They’re going to have some fun with that,” Williams said. “Between those four restaurants you have a lot of variety in the cuisine.”
The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, along with the series’ presenting sponsor, AutoFair, makes the movies happen along with in-kind donations from Christian Party Rental, which supplies all the equipment, tables and chairs.
“Our Chamber of Commerce relies upon our individual company members stepping up and helping to support our events and series. When AutoFair came into Nashua about a year and a half ago through the VW dealership, they jumped in immediately with both feet,” Williams said. 
“This adds, I think, a legitimacy to Nashua,” Michael Gould, vice president of Christian Party Rental, said. “It’s just a cool event for the summer.” 
 
As seen in the July 3, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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