News Briefs: Cinema on the Bay

Rebecca Muratore, Staff Writer

A local summer event is quickly be- coming a tradition. Cinema on the Bay, a series of outdoor movie screenings, will continue for its tenth straight year. The event, arranged by Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead, will take place at Sunset Park on Saturday evenings over the course of the summer.
Cinema on the Bay provides an oppor- tunity for residents to gather together and enjoy free movies by the water. Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington ini- tially started the event in 2006 to highlight some of its major goals, namely increasing the quality of life for everyone in Port.
“Our concept is to create opportuni- ties for the community to enjoy the wa- terfront. Every year it grows, and we have upwards of three hundred people at each movie showing,” said Executive Director of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington Ms. Mindy Germain.
At each screening, people are encour- aged to bring blankets or chairs to sit on while they enjoy the feature.
“At each movie showing, you sit with your friends and family. It feels like the whole town is coming together for one big movie party with everyone outside to-
gether,” said freshman Shiraz Johnson. The first movie in the lineup this sum- mer is Rocky III, to be shown on June 20 at 8:30 p.m. Following that, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will play on July 11 at 8:30 pm, Pitch Perfect on July 25 at 8:00 pm, and Frozen
on Aug. 8 at 8:00 pm.
In addition to screening movies, Cin-
ema on the Bay has provided opportuni- ties for community members to meet lo- cal icons in the past. Port resident and Academy Award nominee Burt Young will appear at this year’s Cinema on the Bay screening of the movie he starred in, Rocky III, to sign autographs.