Free ‘Raiders of Lost Ark’ is Wednesday, but rain might soak NorthPoint, cancel it

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A previous free movie in the EF movie series gathers a crowd under clear skies. (Photo: EF Education First)

The forecast Wednesday is for rain – but would a little rain put off Indiana Jones?

Probably not, but with rain almost certain to fall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (including a 100 percent chance of precipitation at 6 p.m., according to Weather Underground), the free showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” scheduled for North Point Park for 8 p.m. could be at risk.

Update on Aug. 13, 2014: The screening was canceled Wednesday morning due to rain, with some asking for another shot at seeing “Raiders” on the big screen. Adam Bickelman, director of public relations for Education First, said: “Unfortunately each event takes a fair amount of planning with multiple external partners, so it’s not so simple to reschedule to another day. Then there are also light considerations, which make a double header difficult. Depending on the feedback we receive today, maybe we will put ‘Raiders’ and ‘Goonies’ up for a final vote to determine the Viewers’ Choice showing for week four.”

There is no rain date scheduled, but there are two dates remaining in the free River & A Movie series from Education First, the international education company with offices in the NorthPark neighborhood. Aug. 20 brings “Roman Holiday,” the 1953 romance with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the story of a bored princess who falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Aug. 27 is viewer’s choice, with more than 30 films suggested – everything from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Naked Lunch” – but with one clear favorite: “The Goonies,” the hyperactive 1985 kids adventure starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin.

“The Goonies” has 221 votes as of Monday afternoon, while the next favorite, “Jaws” has only 145. Many of the proposed movies have only one or two votes.

First, though, comes the question of whether Indiana Jones is coming to NorthPoint.

“We make a day-of call around noon each Wednesday. If the weather looks really bad, we cancel,” said Adam Bickelman, director of public relations for Education First. “Things looked bad last week, but as we neared noon we decided the forecast was improving enough to move forward rain or shine” to screen “The Princess Bride.”

As the company did with its movie series last summer, it offers free parking on a first-come, first-served basis and movie candy and food and drink specials from 6 to 8 p.m. at the on-site restaurant and bar, Lingo. Added this year are lawn games and a partnership with Community Boating to offer free kayak rides from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the dock in North Point Park. (The movie series even has an official Spotify playlist, available here.)

Parking is at EF Education First, 1 Education St., NorthPoint. The screening is on the open lawn at neighboring North Point Park. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, as they are in all Massachusetts state parks.

For updates on whether the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” screening will take place as scheduled, check the Facebook event page here or on EF’s Twitter account.

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