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Fremont Outdoor Movies honors the late Robin Williams

August 22nd, 2014 by master



On Wednesday Fremont Outdoor Movies honored the late Robin Williams with a screening of one of his most well-known films. Initially the Outdoor Movies crew did not reveal with film would be shown hinting at Patch Adams, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, or The Dead Poets Society.

Robin Williams passed away earlier this month on August 11th. After being active in comedy, film, and TV for over forty years his death sparked an overwhelming response from the public through nearly every available medium. The big screen was no exception.

When the film began Wednesday evening Mrs. Doubtfire claimed the honors, a film with both humorous and serious themes set in San Francisco a city to which Williams had strong ties. A smaller but dedicated crowd than normal attended this weekday screening.

Sally Field and Robin Williams in a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire at the Fremont Outdoor Movies

The Fremont Outdoor Movies schedule continues this weekend with a cult-favorite: The Big Lebowski on Saturday evening. The Dude costume contest included. This is a 21+ showing.

The final movie of the season will be shown Saturday August 30th and promises to be prehistoric


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TGIF: Thank God it’s Fremont

July 25th, 2014 by master

Happy Friday Fremont! The sun heard the weekend was coming and decided to show it’s face again. Get ready for a hot, sunny, Seattle weekend.

To celebrate the return of the sun Fremont Universe is having a sunset photo contest! Submit your sunset photo from Friday or Saturday evening this weekend by using #itsalwayssunnyinfremont and tagging Fremont Universe on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Please submit your photos by Noon on Sunday July 27th. Again, photos should be of the sunsets this weekend, please be honest and we’ll take your word for it!

Here is a sunset we enjoyed from Lake Union earlier this summer. Where will you see the sun set tonight?

There are of course, more than a few fun things happening in our neighborhood this evening but here are a few to get your brain buzzing with the possibilities:

Factory Flicks at Theo featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 6pm (All Ages, $15, RSVP online)

Fremont Outdoor Movies featuring Rushmore doors at 7pm (All Ages, $5)

High Dive presents Rock featuring In Cahoots, Left Hand Smoke, and Strange Jerome at 9:30pm (21+, $8)

Nectar & The PBJ present POLECAT, Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce, and Jacob Navarro of Spoonshine at 8pm (21+, $12)

Clips Beer and Film Tour benefitting the Nature Consortium in Gas Works Park at 8pm (21+, Free Admission, $$ for beer, food, and games)

Know about other events we’re missing out on? Let us know at

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Fremont’s Zombie Walk World Record Ripped Apart By Mexico

November 28th, 2011 by master

Fremont vs. Mexico. It’s a rivalry as old as time itself.

As we all know, Fremont was originally known as San Fremont, founded by Mexican explorers. They ruled with an iron first for many years until The Great Fremont-Mexican War of 1907. Many lives were lost but from the ashes rose The People’s Republic of Fremont. To commemorate our victory, we erected the Fremont Troll in honor of General Augustus Trollio, commander of the Fremont armed forces. And we ride bicycles naked on the Solstice to commemorate the naked cyclists that distracted Mexican troops long enough so that we could win the deciding battle.*

* – Some, or all, of this may or may not be true.

We thought our battled with Mexico were over. However, we knew deep down that it was only a matter of time before they were back.

Earlier this year, the folks at Fremont Outdoor Movies and the Seattle Zombie Walk gathered over 4,000 zombies in the streets of Fremont in order to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies.

This past Saturday, Mexico struck back and over 10,000 zombies gathered in Mexico City, shattering the record and declaring vengeance on Fremont.

And so, the bloody gauntlet has been laid down. It’s up to the folks back here in Fremont to figure out a way to get 10,000+ zombies into Fremont next year if they want a chance at reclaiming the record.

If you thought 4K zombies was too much, gird your loins. Literally.

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The Dude Fest Wraps Up Fremont Outdoor Movies Summer Season

August 23rd, 2011 by master

Seems like just yesterday Fremont Outdoor Movies was kicking their season off with zombies and vampires and the like. This weekend, however, will be the final showing of the summer. If you haven’t been to a show yet, you probably want to give this one a try. Just make sure you bring a rug to tie the parking lot together.

The season wouldn’t be complete without a screening of “The Big Lebowski.” The Dude Fest kicks off a new northwest celebration for all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers cult comedy, “The Big Lebowski.”

This year, we are helping support a wonderful local charity Lumana . 100% of the entire beer garden and White Russian Bar sales go the organization. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to support Lumana.

Lumana is a great cause that helps rural Africans to reach their personal and financial goals by providing savings accounts, small loans, business management education, and relevant local mentorship to primarily women in small villages across rural Ghana.

Dude Fest also includes special guests, musical performances, a white Russian bar and a quote-a-long. What, no bowling? 100% of the beer garden and white Russian bar proceeds will go to Lumana.

Tickets are $15 at the door, which opens (in theory since there is no actual door) at 7pm.

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Ignite Seattle, ‘ThingOut!’ Coming To Fremont August 20th

August 9th, 2011 by master

Ignite Seattle and Dorkbot Seattle are collaborating with Fremont Outdoor Movies to bring you a new kind of festival.

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 20th, Ignite Seattle is opening up the Fremont Outdoor Movie Cinema parking lot (N. 35th St. & Phinney Ave) for builders, garage hackers, diy makers and the generally curious. Everyone is encouraged to bring an interesting project to share or something to show off.

There are a few caveats to follow if you’re planning on showing up with a cool gadget or concept. The folks there have a limited amount of power, so they can’t promise electricity for everyone. And if you’re bringing something dangerous (which is totally cool), let them know, so they can make sure the appropriate signage gets posted.

After ThingOut! comes Ignite Seattle and some of the speakers already scheduled include a one-armed juggler/inspirational speaker, a letterpress expert, a hula-hopping expert and a ton more.

Admission is $5.00 at the door and all ages are welcome. The ThingOut Festival begins at 5pm while Ignite Seattle opens its doors at 7pm and talks begin at 8pm. For more information, check out the Ignite Seattle site.

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Stay Classy, Fremont: Anchorman Screening Saturday Night

July 8th, 2011 by master

Put on your finest polyester suit, make sure your mustache is trimmed to perfection and splash yourself with a little Sex Panther by Odeon cause you’re invited to the pants party.

If none of that makes any sense, then you’ve never seen Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Saturday night, you’ll have your chance.

The comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate, will be showing on Fremont Outdoor Movies‘ big wall on Saturday, 7pm. Leave your many leather bound books at home because there won’t be any time for reading.

Aside from the showing, Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff food truck will be on hand and you can expect lots of folks in costume and other hijinks. Just watch out for the flying tridents.

Tickets are $5. Follow Fremont Outdoor Movies on Twitter to stay updated.

Photo: Fremont Outdoor Movies

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Fremont Zombie Walk Photos (Part 1)

July 2nd, 2011 by master

Well, if you’ve been in Fremont today, you already know that the neighborhood is overrun by a zombie horde. All kinds of zombies have infested our little town. Scary zombies, funny zombies, bloody zombies, bride zombies, little zombies, cheerleader zombies, futuristic zombies, Victorian zombies and I think I even saw a He-Man zombie.

Here’s a couple photos from the quiet before the storm when the zombies started lining up around 4pm. Plenty more photos from the day to come.

Stay tuned. And stay alive…

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The End Is Nigh: Zombie Horde Descends On Fremont This Weekend

July 1st, 2011 by master

Reposted: If you haven’t already made a run to Stoneway Hardware to pick up some supplies to barricade your house or apartment, now would be the time.

A scene from the zombie walk 2009

Make sure you get plenty of wood planks to reinforce your doors & windows. Have plenty of shovels and pickaxes handy as multi-purpose tools. Non-perishable goods are always in season. And whatever you do, have an escape route in mind.

The zombies are coming.

This Fourth of July weekend, thousands of Seattle’s undead return to feed on brains, beers and mobile food to represent the Emerald City to shuffle their back into the history books to reclaim the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Zombies.” New Jersey currently holds the official record with 4,093 Zombies set back in October 2010.

The only way to avoid being consumed by the undead…join the fun and dress up like one as well. If you want to help break the record, 4,095 zombies must be present at Fremont Studios (3501 Phinney Ave.) on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 starting at 2pm.

Along with the Zombie Walk, there will also be a concert featuring Kultur Shock and The Staxx Brothers (obviously both your mother’s favorite bands). Get your drink on at the Beer Garden (proceeds benefit Fremont Arts Council) and get your non-brains-related eat on at one of the 10 food trucks that will be on hand.

If you don’t know where to go, just follow the trail of human limbs. Or signs. Probably the signs would be better. And more sanitary.

Just because you don’t know how to zombify yourself is no excuse. Get your make-up done by professionals for $5 if you need a quick fix or $10 for the full costume. Come early and head to the front entrance to get done up.

Full details can be found at two websites Fremont Outdoor Movies or ZomBcon for the full lineup of events and activities. Tickets are available for only $3 single or $5 for two people until June 25th at

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Zombies Converging On Fremont For Fourth Of July

June 10th, 2011 by master


That’s the exact number of zombies that are going to be needed to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies. That’s also around the number of zombies that will be crawling, moaning and lurching into Fremont on Saturday, July 2nd.

The Fremont Outdoor Movies & Seattle Zombie Walk is coming and the undead masses are coming with it. Their goal, besides chowing down on some delicious (and hopefully organic, non-GMO) brains, is to regain that world record, currently owned by New Jersey (the entire state gets the record?), who saw 4,093 zombies gather in October 2010.

Of course, these zombies might wander aimlessly, but don’t tell them they lack purpose. The goal of the Zombie Walk, besides breaking records, is to raises some money for the Fremont Arts Council.

Full details can be found at Fremont Outdoor Movies or visit ZomBcon for the full lineup of events and activities. Tickets are available for only $3 per person/zombie or $5 for two people/zombies until June 25th at

No refunds for humans who become infected with whatever mysterious virus created this zombie plague in the first place. If your brain gets devoured, that’s your own fault.

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“Twilight” draws big crowd to tonight’s Fremont Outdoor Movies

June 26th, 2010 by master

Fans of the undead (as envisioned by Stephenie Meyer) waited patiently under a brightly burning sun (yay!) to attend the first of this season’s screenings at the Fremont Outdoor Movies: “Twilight” – the cinematic sensation based on Meyer’s imagined world of vampires and werewolves set in Forks, WA.

Tonight’s event also has several extra special bonuses: a featurette of the latest in the “Twilight” movie series, “Eclipse” (due out Wednesday) and an appearance by two of the vampires in the movies, Nikki Reed (Rosalie, one of the Cullen sisters) and Elizabeth Reaser (Esme, the Cullen mother).

They waited for hours to attend the screening, which is scheduled to start around dusk (naturally) – about 9:30 tonight. At 6:30, the audience was still waiting outside, with a line down the block (35th Street – the cinema is located at the corner of 35th and Phinney). They waited in line with all kinds of portable and patio chairs, blankets, sleeping bags, pizzas (very popular food selection tonight), pillows – and even posters of the “Twilight” stars. Some children had “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob” written on their faces.

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