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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Tops Presents
Tops Presents kicks off another season of Cinema Under the Stars (Eric Rife)

Watching a movie under the stars used to mean piling in a station wagon, heading off to the drive-in and clipping a speaker to the car window while the kids threw popcorn around in the back seat. Drive-ins may be all but extinct but the special pleasure of spending a summer's evening outdoors watching a movie is still alive and well in San Diego. Doug Yeagley is the artistic director and founder of Tops Presents Cinema Under the Stars, which is kind of a new age version of the drive-in experience. Yeagley wanted to create what he calls a "magical and enchanting film event. For two hours it's like a church, we're going to get along with each other, we're going to have a common focus, and enjoy an event." The latest season kicks off Thursday May 1 with Breakfast at Tiffany's starring the enchanting Audrey Hepburn. Among this year's highlights are A Hard Day's Night, Dog Day Afternoon, Ed Wood, Philadelphia Story, The Woman in the Window, In a Lonely Place and A Touch of Evil. (The following article was originally printed in KPBS On Air Magazine in July 2006.)

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