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UPDATE: We messed up the deadline date for the end of movie nominations. Movie nominations must be in no later than 5pm on Tuesday, August 7th (not 14th).

The 2012 Sundown Cinema season is approaching the half-way mark and that means it's time to start collecting suggestions for our August 31st season finale, the Audience Choice Film.

In this first round of the selection process, you can make up to three movie suggestions for the Audience Choice Film. You may email your picks to [email protected], reply to this post, or submit your favorite films in person at Sundown Cinema. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Tuesday, August 7th.

The most-nominated movies will be announced on downtowncampbell.com on August 15th, and you can vote for them in our online poll. Whichever movie gets the most votes by 4pm on Friday, August 24th will be screened on August 31st at our finale.

Send us your suggestions and may the best movie win!

Sundown Cinema is seeking reliable, responsible volunteers with a good sense of humor to serve during our 2012 season, June 29 - August 31!

What is Sundown Cinema? It's a free outdoor movie series held on Friday nights in the parking lot next to Therapy in Downtown Campbell. Now in our 9th year, we screen classic films geared for all ages. Sundown Cinema is run entirely by volunteers and we pay for our operating budget through donations from the audience and sponsorships by local businesses and organizations. This is cinema run by the community for the community!

All of our volunteers work hard but we have a lot of fun. Many of our volunteers return year after year, but it's inevitable that some move away and have other issues take priority, so we're always looking for new folks to join our team!

We ask each volunteer to serve 3 Fridays over the course of our 10-week run - we'll work with your schedule to pick dates that work for you. Every Friday night, we have two main volunteer jobs:

Concessions Stand
Two people serve at the popcorn and concessions stand from 7pm until the movie ends (usually 11pm or a little later).

Two people serve as greeters on the sidewalk, handing out Sundown Cinema flyers and answering questions from passersby and the audience. One greeter serves 7pm-9pm, and the other greeter serves 7pm until the end of the movie (usually 11pm or a little later).

Don't worry! We'll train you! If you're interested, please contact [email protected] by June 18, 2012.

Need a new home for those good (but bulky) books piling up in your living room? Ready to part with your old CDs & DVDs but know somebody else would enjoy them? Simply Smashing invites you to donate them to our book drive and the Los Gatos Chapter of Women's Networking Alliance will donate them to the Blue Star Moms of the South Bay. Your donations will be included in care packages sent to our troops all over the world.

Now through June 30, 2012, make a book/CD/DVD donation at Simply Smashing and we'll take 10% off your entire regular-price purchase! (Can not be combined with other offers. Excludes furniture, artwork, exchange, trade. layaway, and gift certificate purchases. There will be no price adjustments on previous purchases.)

The past few years as more and more people have laptops and smartphones we've been seeing more and more people come to the summer movies in Downtown Campbell with them pulled out. I'm sure this year we'll add tablet devices to the list of things people will bring with them to the movies.

To date, we haven't had a policy on use of personal electronic devices during movies. Our approach has been to only lay down rules when something gets to be a problem. It might be time to have a policy. Each year we've received more complaints from people that they're being distracted by someone in the crowd using a laptop or smart phone.

We're going to let our audience set the policy. Please vote on whether we should allow unlimited use of any electronic device, impose a complete ban, or allow limited use of smartphones for important matters. If you have anything extra to say, please post a comment with your thoughts.

Outdoor movie fans, keep your Friday nights reserved this summer. Sundown Cinema will be back for its ninth straight season starting on Friday, June 29th.

We have another great movie lineup this year with a highly selective collection of movie classics along with a few blockbusters. As always, by Sundown Cinema tradition, the last movie will be decided on in the final weeks by audience input.

Sundown Cinema 2012 Movie Schedule

  • June 29 - The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  • July 6 - Rocky (1976)
  • July 13 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • July 20 - Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • July 27 - Harold & Maude (1971)
  • August 3 - The Big Sleep (1946)
  • August 10 - Mary Poppins
  • August 17 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  • August 24 - The Candidate (1972)
  • August 31 - Audience Choice

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Sundown Cinema
Sundown Cinema is a movie series produced by the community for the community and it's completely dependent upon volunteer labor, sponsorships, and donations. If your business or organization would like to support the movie series and get some terrific exposure at the same time, please click here and download our Sponsorship Kit. Opportunities start at just $100. For additional information, please e-mail [email protected].

Want to Volunteer at Sundown Cinema?
We're looking for responsible, reliable people with a good sense of humor to join our volunteer team! Please click here for more information.

Stone Griffin Gallery invites you to check out our website featuring original and limited edition artwork of Campbell's beloved water tower.

Here at Stone Griffin Gallery, we sell other artwork (of course). California landscapes is probably our featured specialty, along with local landmarks (such as the tower). Figurative and abstract works flesh out our offerings.

Anyway -- we decided to purchase the domain name www.campbellwatertower.com and put up a site just of Campbell Water Tower artwork! We have photographs on stretched canvas, original oils, limited edition giclee work, and watercolor pieces.

Please check out the website, and please visit the gallery at 234 E Campbell Avenue in Downtown Campbell!

Stone Griffin Gallery has moved to its new location at 234 East Campbell Ave. in Downtown Campbell! At its grand re-opening during Campbell's July 15 ArtWalk, Stone Griffin premiered a collection of images featuring Campbell's venerable landmark, the water tower.

Stone Griffin Gallery specializes in images of the water tower — the collection includes dramatic images of the tower reproduced on canvas and smaller framed pieces. Featured in the collection is an original 18" x 24" framed watercolor by local landscape artist Dick Zunkel. Smaller limited signed canvas reproductions complete the collection. Stone Griffin Gallery features the largest collection of California landscapes in the area.