Wednesday June 13, 2012 | 04:16 PM

They're good for plenty of things, like keeping bees, lodging Santa or hiding from the police. They're also an ideal perch from which to throw crab apples at passing traffic on, say, a semi-quiet suburban street in Illinois.

Or so I've heard.

But rooftops can also be a swell place toss out a blanket, kick back with some snacks and watch a good movie.


That's what folks will be doing this Sunday during's Rooftop Film event. The films - classics, all of them - are screened on the top level of the Spring Street parking garage in Portland. (The Free Street entranced is not accessible, so enter the garage from Spring Street.) This Sunday's feature: "National Lampoon's Vacation."

The Rooftop Films are free. Bring a lawn chair and munchies if you wish (sorry, none of that booze). In case of rain, movie will be shown one level down.

Here's a map, in case you haven't yet become acquainted with the Spring Street parking garage:

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Here's the lineup for the summer:

Sunday, June 17
"National Lampoon's Vacation"
Starts 15 min. after sunset ~ 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 15
Starts 15 min. after sunset ~ 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 19
"Teen Wolf Movie"
Starts 15 min. after sunset ~ 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 16
"The Royal Tenenbaums"
Starts 15 min. after sunset ~ 7 p.m.

FMI on MENSK and the Rooftop Films:

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