Showcase Cinemas in Randolph offers free summer flicks

Chuck MacLean

In "Lawrence of Arabia,'' Peter O’Toole must cross the desert at high noon to save his Arab friend’s life. Dehydrated, and badly burned, the desert sun nearly breaks him. But he survives.

I felt the same way as a kid, riding my bike across the neighborhood. But at the end of my journeys I was not given a clever nickname like Sir Lawrence. Indeed, the sun is friend to no man.

This summer, thanks to Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife, Shonda, kids no longer have to play Peter O’Toole. Thankfully, because that movie doesn’t end well for anyone.

The Schillings’ SHADE Foundation and National Amusements Inc. have joined to provide families with an alternative to playing in the brutal noon-day sun. Every Monday, for eight weeks, select Showcase Cinemas, including Randolph’s, will host a free showing of a family movie at 11 a.m.

Shonda Schilling, a skin cancer survivor, started the SHADE Foundation in 2002 to educate families on the dangers of melanoma.

The movie program is aimed at getting kids out of the sun during the time of day where they are at the greatest risk of direct exposure to the sun’s malevolent gaze, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year more than 15,000 kids attended the free program.

The remaining lineup is:

  • July 7 – "Charlotte’s Web''
  • July 14 – "Evan Almighty''
  • July 21 – "Madagascar''
  • July 28 – "The Ant Bully''
  • Aug. 4 – "Alvin and the Chipmunks''
  • Aug. 11 – "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie''
  • Aug. 18 – "Firehouse Dog''

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