There's an excellent rejoinder this weekend.Blue moon over Salem pic.twitter.com/oUROT5RRCm— David Davis (@DavidDavisSJ) August 1, 2015
Block Party Salem is going to show Monty Python and the Holy Grail in that very same parking lot.
Though the event is free, it's also a benefit for the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, so they ask that you consider a donation of $5.
Here's the facebook and web.
The event runs from 6pm to 10:30pm in the lot where the Saturday Market will have wrapped up earlier in the day - the parking lot bounded by Marion, Union, Winter and Summer.
There will be food for purchased, appropriately costumed skits and musical performers. (They may very well be better than the movie, on which your mileage will greatly vary.)
That's a great way to bring some life to an otherwise barren space.
If you bike there, you may want to keep your bike with you. The lot itself has no bike parking. One block to the north, and kitty-corner to the southeast, the North Mall Office Building and Revenue Building respectively have lots of staple racks, but there won't be any eyes and ears on them, and they may not be the most secure place especially after dark. (Not sure there's a good answer here.)