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Originally published Friday, August 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM

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Center City Cinema's outdoor film series has a diverse Seattle audience in mind

Seattle's Chinatown International District offers an outdoor film series aimed at Chinese-, Spanish- and English-speaking audiences.

Seattle Times arts writer


Center City Cinema

Outdoor movies at sunset, preceded by live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 28, Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S., Seattle; free (206-684-7710 or

It's an outdoor-movie series with a multiethnic twist.

Center City Cinema, happening Saturdays in August, offers films aimed at Chinese- and Spanish-speaking audiences, as well as English speakers.

The series, in the Chinatown International District's Hing Hay Park, is aimed at "a community that wouldn't normally go to outdoor movies," says Adrienne E. Caver-Hall, a Center City Parks coordinator for Seattle Parks & Recreation Department.

Caver-Hall describes the series' audience as "very intergenerational," ranging from toddlers to oldsters. With a film in Chinese with English subtitles or in English with Chinese or Spanish subtitles, members of the audience who have trouble with English can enjoy the picture, too.

The series has gained a popular following since it was created four years ago. The Chinese factor makes sense, given the ID location. The showing of films with Spanish subtitles is a reach-out to nearby Beacon Hill's Hispanic community.

This year there's one Chinese movie in the series, John Woo's epic "Red Cliff." The rest are mainstream American films shown with Chinese or Spanish subtitles.

"Ironically, the elders and young people want to see American rather than the older foreign movies," Caver-Hall says.

Films are shown at sunset, and are preceded, starting at 6 p.m., by festivities — contests, games, music — that have a connection with the film on the program. Last year, for instance, "Ratatouille" followed a food-sculpture contest. Local community organizations, including the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, are organizing the pre-film activities.

Here's the lineup:

Saturday: "The Spy Next Door" (PG), in English, Spanish subtitles.

Aug. 14: "Red Cliff" (R), in Chinese, English subtitles.

Aug. 21: "The Karate Kid Part II" (PG), in English, Chinese subtitles.

Aug. 28: "Up" (PG), in English, Spanish subtitles.

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