It was a blustery night last Thursday for the first installment of the City Paper’s Movies in Marion Square, but that didn’t stop the crowds from piling onto the green to watch Where the Wild Things Are. People who biked to the event were treated to free valet parking and a tune-up from the guys at the Holy City Bike Co-op.

As the crews were setting up the giant inflatable screen, moviegoers were able to drink New Belgium beer and wine (available at this event for the first time in three years) and eat food from D’Allesandro’s Pizza, Eat-A-Pita, and the Taco Spot. For those in need of snacks or dessert, there was the Kettle Corn guy, Kudu Coffee, and the Moon Pie store, which had plenty of Pop Rocks to keep the kids humming.

Before the movie could even start, technical difficulties had an under-inflated movie screen swaying in the wind and eventually crumpling as a big gust ripped the screen from its moorings. But no worries. They improvised, hanging the white screen between two trees. It hung a little low, but it worked, and the crowd settled in to watch Spike Jonze’s elegiac ode to childhood.

Plenty of families were on hand as it was spring break for most Charleston schools. And we almost made it to the end of the movie before the rains came. The City Paper’s events coordinator tells us that the screen has been sent off for repairs, and we’ll have it ready to go for Thursday night’s showing of Twilight: New Moon.