Grab your thigh-high boots and blond wig —or just a pair of shorts and sandals— and hit the streets of downtown Nashua as the fourth season of Downtown Dinner & Movie kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with a dinner presented by Stella Blu and a screening of Pretty Woman.
A partnership between the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Chris Malloy and Community Events and downtown Nashua restaurants that began in 2012, the summer series will pair restaurants with classic movies for three events this year.
“The idea behind it was to really celebrate the community and find a way to bring people downtown in a fun, evening summertime celebration kind of way,” President and CEO of Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Tracy Hatch said in a phone interview.
East Pearl Street, blocked off between Main and Spring streets, will be transformed into an open air restaurant complete with tables, chairs, tablecloths, centerpieces and wait staff from Stella Blu.
“They’re set up as if you were having dinner and watching a movie,” Hatch said. “They [servers] will come out and take orders.”
Whenever possible, the goal is to pair restaurants and movies in a cohesive if not definitively themed way. For example, last summer Surf Restaurant served its seafood alongside a screening of Jaws, and later this month Fratello’s will provide the food while patrons watch The Italian Job (on Wednesday, Aug. 19).
“We tried to think of movies that would complement the ambiance of the food and the restaurant,” Hatch said.
Though there may not be a direct correlation, Hatch thinks Stella Blu’s cocktails will go very nicely with a viewing of Pretty Woman.
Attire for the evening is as casual or as dressy as each guest desires, she said, although joining in with the theme of the movie is encouraged.
“For Pretty Woman, if people want to dress the part and wear cocktail attire, that would be awesome,” Hatch said. “If women want to break out their stiletto heels, they absolutely can.”
A lighthearted and fun way to spend a summer night, Hatch said events like this are key to keeping the community strong, which is very important to the chamber.
“I think people have a conception of the chamber as being purely a … business focused, really serious [organization] ...but we are more than that,” she said. “A healthy and strong and vital community … is critical for us to be successful so everything we can do to highlight and participate in bringing that vitality to life is important to us.”
Dinner and cocktails will begin on East Pearl Street at 7 p.m. and continue until dusk, when it’s dark enough to start the movie. Dinner (typically a selection from the restaurant’s regular menu) will be served up until showtime, and drinks service will continue throughout the film.
As seen in the July 30th 2015 issue of the Hippo.