Movie on the Lawn Brings Bloomington Community and Visitors Together

Foot (and shin) selfie of people lying on open lawn several yards from empty movie screen

Vrooman Mansion is putting its lawn to good use on August 10 with a movie under the stars. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to Vrooman Mansion and join us for the fun. We will provide guests of the bed and breakfast blankets and seats if they choose to attend this fun community event. We’re excited to connect people from different places and different generations together with a soon-to-be-determined oldie but goodie.

Not a Really Old Movie

We aren’t going to go as old as Vrooman Mansion. Actually, we couldn’t. The mansion, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, predates the first motion pictures. The first “movie” is, in fact, a series of photographs taken rapidly by multiple cameras to learn whether all four of a horse’s feet were ever off the ground at the same time as it ran. (They are.) The Horse in Motion, made in 1878, was only a bit more high-tech than a flip book. 

The first film showing actual consecutive action, Roundhay Garden Scene, is only 2.11 seconds. Hardly a movie, but it is classified as a film — the world’s earliest surviving motion-picture film, according to the Guinness Book of Records. It was made in 1888.

Shady back yard of Vrooman Mansion, with house visible through green, leafy trees

Event Venue with Character

We’re hoping you’ll stay at our little backyard event for longer than two seconds. The family-friendly movie is free. Tasty movie snacks will be sold, and donations are welcomed. All proceeds will go to the restoration of Vrooman’s stained glass windows, beautifully crafted antiques that provide the mansion some of its authentic character.

That character is an asset to Bloomington-Normal and a showcase of its history. It also enriches the experience of guests using it for personal getaways, events such as weddings and showers, or professional retreats. Learn more about Vrooman and let us help you plan your next event.

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