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Summer movie magic in Southeast Queens

A Better Jamaica brings family-friendly cinema classics to numerous area parks

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Thu Jul 24, 2014.

Seeing Hollywood horror classics and family-friendly movies in Southeast Queens this summer won’t mean having to deal with sticky floors and $9 sodas.

A Better Jamaica is bringing back its Classic Film Fridays program to Rufus King Park for a sixth straight year.

There also will be a series of weeknight family movie nights through early August in Cambria/Cabbell Park, Brookville Park, Baisley Pond Park and St. Albans Park.

“All of the family movies are rated PG-13 or better,” said Greg Mays in a telephone interview last week. “We’re encouraging people to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, a bucket of chicken and just have a good time.”

Mays, founder of A Better Jamaica and the Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12, said this year’s theme for Classic Film Fridays is monster movies.

“Who doesn’t like a good monster movie?” Mays said in an email.

It kicked off last Friday with a showing of the original “Frankenstein” from 1931, featuring Boris Karloff.

This week, July 18, will feature “King Kong,” the 1933 film starring Fay Wray.

It will be followed by the original Japanese version of “Godzilla” from 1954 on July 25.

Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 will feature “Alien” from 1979 and “The Thing” from 1982, respectively. Both pictures are rated R. “Godzilla” and “King Kong” both predated a movie rating system.

Cambria Playground/Cabbell Park, located on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Cambria Heights, will host movies on Monday nights.

The schedule includes “Madea’s Family Reunion” on July 21; “Jurassic Park” on July 28; and “Transformers” on Aug. 4. Aug. 11 is scheduled as a rain date/karaoke night.

The same movies will be Tuesday night films at Brookville Park off Brookville Boulevard on July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5, respectively, with a rain date/karaoke night on Aug. 12.

Baisley Pond Park will host the Wednesday night schedule, starting with “Cool Runnings” on July 23. “Back to the Future” is slated for July 30, followed by “Star Trek” on Aug. 6.

Aug. 13 is the rain date/karaoke night. They will be shown next to the Foch Boulevard baseball fields.

St. Albans Park is hosting Thursday night movies.

Tonight, July 17, will have a showing of “Monsters, Inc.” “Cool Runnings, “Back to the Future” and “Star Trek” fill out the bill on July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7, respectively. Aug. 14 is the rain date/karaoke night.

All movies will start at dusk, and thus are scheduled to begin between roughly 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors of the events include the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows); Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park; the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; EmblemHealth; Walmart; and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

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1 comment:

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 6:55 pm on Fri, Jul 18, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 118

    Kudos to Greg Mays, who would have made a good Councilman as opposed I. Daneek Miller, which is just more of Leroy Comrie.

    On another note, the only thing that threatens our parks is not King Kong or Godzilla, but the slobs that have so little respect for them and just toss litter and garbage everywhere.

    Show some damn respect folks for you community. You live in a community not a garbage dump. The mentality of many of Jamaica residents is appalling. I mean how you can you just trash your community and thinks it is okay?