Free Outdoor Screening in Douglas

West Side Story


This free screening will be held outdoors at the Arts and Cultural District, 10th and G. Avenue, Douglas, AZ, 85607. Please bring your own seating.

Special thanks to our community partner for this screening, Douglas Recreation Department.

This screening is part of Loft Film Fest on the Road, a community-building program that takes unexpected films for free screenings in underserved and unserved rural areas, providing a unique cultural experience. The movies will travel across Southern Arizona in The Loft Solar Cinema, a cargo van outfitted with solar panels (donated by Technicians for Sustainability) to power a 20-foot inflatable screen and state-of-the-art mobile projection system.

West Side Story is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece.”- Bosley Crowther, New York Times

With just the right mix of flamboyant theatricality, thrilling beauty and gritty realism, Romeo meets Juliet – or rather, Tony meets Maria – on the streets and rooftops of New York, and true love blooms … but their transgressive romance is taboo. Their rival neighborhood gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, will never accept the lovers’ star-crossed union, and trouble (as well as a lot of singing and dancing) ensues. Created by the musical dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Stephen Sondheim, and starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, and the electrifying Rita Moreno, this legendary 1961 film won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best  Director, Best Music Score,  Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), and Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris),  inspired countless generations of musical fanatics and brought Shakespeare’s classic tale of teenage romance to vibrant life … only here, instead of Verona, the setting is 1950s New York City, and as always, the course of true love never, ever runs smoothly. A jazzy, snazzy, high energy classic that almost leaps off the screen (when it’s not breaking your heart), West Side Story endures as one of the greatest musicals in Hollywood history. (Dir. by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961, USA, 152 mins., Not Rated)

This screening is part of Loft Film Fest on the Road, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with support from Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.