"Cooley High" movie in the park at Rainbow Beach! Picnic at 6:30p, film at 8p


Cooley High is a 1975 American film based upon the real high school located on the near north side of Chicago produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte (co-creator of Good Times). The film, set in 1964 Chicago, Illinois, stars Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and features a soundtrack made up primarily of 1960s Motown hits.
 
The film is considered a classic of black cinema, and its soundtrack featured a new Motown recording, G.C. Cameron's hit single "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday". That song was covered in 1991 by Motown act Boyz II Men on the group's first LP, named Cooleyhighharmony in honor of this film.

Monte based the film on his experiences from attending the real-life Cooley Vocational High School (which is no longer standing) that served students from the Cabrini–Green public housing projects in Chicago. While the film was set in and around Cabrini–Green, it was primarily filmed at another Chicago-area housing project. Monte has said that he wrote the film to dispel myths about growing up in the projects: "I grew up in the Cabrini–Green housing project and I had one of the best times of my life, the most fun you can have while inhaling and exhaling".

This movie ranked #23 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.[

It's funny, I was just thinking about this movie because one of the actors in this film, Rick Stone, has worked at the Black Ensemble Theater for many years and some of us just saw him 5/11 at the Marvin Gaye Tribute show. Jason told me Jackie Taylor, who heads Black Ensemble, also had a small role in it. Many of our members are too young to have ever even seen this film. All the more reason to come check it out!

Bring your lawn chair, and a picnic style dinner for yourself (chicken, sub sandwich, salad, etc.)and/or treats & drinks to share. Alcohol and glass bottles are technically prohibited in Chicago public parks. So pour your favorite "adult" beverage into a pop, juice or water bottle or other unmarked container. It may get cool by the lake at night, so bring a jacket and perhaps a light blanket(got a Snuggie? ;D). Bug spray is good to have too. Also bring a citronella bucket candle if you can, to help repel insects and create a nice ambiance.

The movie will start at sunset, around 8p and runs 107 minutes. But come around 6:30p to meet & greet, get set up and enjoy a picnic and drinks before the show. Movies in the park are really a great time, don't miss it! I'll bring popcorn and my "special" summer punch ;D

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  • Jason W.

    It was a great time!

    June 20, 2012

  • Monique P

    The movie still is great to watch, I really enjoyed watching it outside.

    June 19, 2012

  • ROGER

    My thoughts about the movie-showing "Cooley High" in the park at Rainbow Beach was great! The movie screen was very clear and the audio could be heard from a distance. Loved it!

    June 19, 2012

  • Romarcus S.

    It was dynamite, sucka.

    June 19, 2012

  • Rachel L.

    I totally enjoyed the movie, the ambience and the people. The weather was fantastic, I enjoy outside activities.

    June 19, 2012

  • Antoinette D.

    It was nice. Robin is a great host. Thanks to all for singing happy birthday to my daughter.

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got my black card back now that I've seen Cooley High. As always love our picnics.

    June 19, 2012

  • Brandi

    It was great

    June 19, 2012

  • Robert

    My daughter and I had a great time as always.

    June 19, 2012

  • Patti M.

    This was my first event I felt welcomed and everyone had great vibes. I really enjoyed myself.

    June 19, 2012

  • Letitia

    Had a nice time last night hanging in the park with the group.

    June 19, 2012

  • Alice J

    Just made it. It's 9:14pm.

    June 18, 2012

  • Alice J

    Almost there

    June 18, 2012

  • Simply A.

    Not sure if I'll make it - I've been out in the heat all day and I'm trying to recover. I will be there if I can.

    June 18, 2012

  • Robert

    I'm in route as well and wil be looking for parking as well.

    June 18, 2012

  • Blondyne

    In route, is free parking still available?

    1 · June 18, 2012

  • Robert

    I called as well and it's playing tonight. They mentioned that there is limited free parking but the movie is playing.

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awe man I can no longer attend. Have fun!

    1 · June 18, 2012

  • Letitia

    Facebook states it showing tonight cpd page.

    June 18, 2012

  • Stephanie G.

    PLEASE CALL AND CHECK TO SEE IF THE MOVIE IS PLAYING TONIGHT!
    There seems to be conflicting information as to what night "Cooley High is scheduled to play. My friend called to confirm and she was told it's next Monday 6/25. I called, but no one was in the office except the security officer who did not know. She told me to check back at 5:30. I will post an update once I speak to someone in the office.

    June 18, 2012

  • Letitia

    Looking forward to hanging out tonight.

    June 18, 2012

  • Whisperz L.

    I hope the weather holds up I am totally looking forward to meeting up with everyone and enjoying the movie....

    June 17, 2012

  • Romarcus S.

    Its going to a beautiful event.

    June 17, 2012

  • Stephanie G.

    +1

    June 13, 2012

  • Henri B.

    Bless your hearts, Patricia and Della! Thanks!

    1 · June 8, 2012

  • Patti M.

    I can come at 6pm to help set up as well.

    June 8, 2012

  • Dee R.

    Hi Robin, I will be able to come and help setup at 6:00.

    May 29, 2012

  • Charlette ".

    Love Cooley High! Great movie. Bring your kleenex!

    May 16, 2012

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