Javea beach cinema poster 2012Summer’s here and the beach is the place to be.

Jávea’s Arenal beach is probably the town’s most popular location throughout the summer, so to encourage families to spend the whole day enjoying all that it has to offer, Councillor Tere Bisquert of the Department of Youth has organised a programme of films, designed to keep the whole family happy.

These movies will be shown every Tuesday at 22:00hrs from 3rd July and have been deliberately selected to appeal to the whole family. First off is Cowboys & Aliens, while the popular French comedy, The War of the Buttons will be shown on the 10th. After this it is Super 8 (17th), We Bought a Zoo (24th), I Don’t Know How She Does It (31st), John Carter (August 7th), Jack and Jill (14th), Puss in Boots (21st) and Real Steel (28th).

All of these movies will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles, except for The War of the Buttons. Many Hollywood favourites are included among them, including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Adam Sandler, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy and several have been especially selected with the younger members of the family in mind.

Of course, the idea of outdoor screenings is nothing new; American youth culture in the 1950s especially involved regular visits to the drive-in, where the tinny and distorted sound delivered by the distinctly low-tech speakers that clipped onto the car window were often not sufficiently powerful to compete with the ear-shredding sound of the millions of crickets and cicadas that constitute the sound of American summer. The Mediterranean’s own version of the drive-in involved a projection beaming onto a large sheet or even a white wall from the back of a truck, a method that brought the outside world into remote little villages long before television and internet.

Spanish culture revolves around spending the long summer days on the beach and Tere Bisquert’s imaginative use of Jávea’s most popular location will ensure that lovers of sun, sea and sand will not return home until late.