Free Movies on the Beach

The Santa Cruz fave opens with "The Lost Boys."

SAND CINEMA: Say you're Santa Cruz. Say one of the best known vampire movies of all time was filmed on your famous boardwalk. Scratch that. We'll simply call "The Lost Boys" a famous movie, vampires or not, because it certainly is up there in the '80s oeuvre of restless youth being cool/scary and doing cool/scary things. What do you do with it, Santa Cruz? We're betting you make it the opening movie of your Free Movies on the Beach summer series.

DATES AND TITLES: The series opens on Wednesday, July 6 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 10. Movies like "ET" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will play, meaning young film lovers as well as the grown-ups can attend (of course, "The Lost Boys" has its intense moments, so best think that over. If you've got a vampire fan in the house, though, it is worth considering). Blankets and low-back seats are permitted.

ALSO AT THE BOARDWALK: The cash-saving 1907 Nights are still on, on Mondays and Tuesday. If you're Santa Cruzing in the early part of the week, best stop by and get good stuff for a buck a pop.

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