Downtown Dinner in Oz or Nashua

A clear summer night sitting outside of a favorite restaurant enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets and the stars burst in all of their brilliance into the darkening night sky.  The hum of Wednesday night traffic rumbles by and the smells of popcorn and a fresh warm dinner fill the air. A large screen sits at the end of East Pearl Street blocking the view of the busy Main Street but the chatter of people sitting nearby or strolling past adds nothing less to a night on the town.  Silverware and glasses clank as people devour their dinner and drinks while waiting for the last rays of the sun to drift off to sleep and the film of the evening to spin to life. Waitresses slip around the outdoor tables quietly getting patrons ready for the start of another silver screen adventure.

If this sounds like a great night out, Nashua’s Chamber of Commerce and Community Events, LLC partnered with Great American Downtown took advantage of this by hosting Nashua’s very own Downtown Dinner and a Movie summer series.  This event offered a Wednesday night of movies and dining from either Stella Blu or Villa Banca. It started June 20th and ended this year on August 22nd. They had 6 days and 6 great movies picked out.  Grease, Dirty Dancing, Princess Bride, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Anchorman and the Wizard of Oz, were this year’s movies! A great classic is always better than a new movie.  I say excellent choices only wish I had discovered this sooner!

So I attended yesterday’s showing, which start at 7:00pm, of the Wizard of Oz, great classic film.  This was the last Downtown Dinner and a Movie and it had drawn quite a crowd. The place was hopping! Dinner was sold and served by Villa Banca. It has been known to receive a lot of accolades for its delicious Italian food! The dinner menu was scaled down from the offering in the restaurant and a drink menu had to be asked for when choosing a beverage but otherwise the service was excellent. I had the lobster wrap and it was tasty as well as well priced at $16.

The movie started around 8:30pm and after a few early glitches from the blue ray. The movie went on without a hitch. It’s always nice to relax with a glass of wine and a wonderful old movie and besides what’s more classic than Wizard of Oz.  So all in all this was a great night out and very well organized and run. So make sure you keep your eyes open for their return next summer!

Downtown Dinner and a Movie

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