April 20, By Michael Florio
Long Island City residents will be able to catch a movie on the big screen at Hunters Point South Park for the first time this year Saturday.
The Disney classic “Frozen” will be playing at 8 pm April 25, representing the launch of a monthly movie series that will take place at the park through September.
The series is being organized by the Hunters Point Park Conservancy and is being funded by the real estate firm Nest Seekers.
Each movie will be shown on a 26 foot inflatable screen that will be placed near the East River, providing a backdrop with unblemished views of Manhattan.
“The Long Island City waterfront is a treasure and an outdoor movie is a great way to bring the community together and enrich the quality of life for all,” said Rob Basch, President of the Hunters Point Park Conservancy.
The dates for future screenings are still being finalized.
Basch said the HPPC is considering hosting the movies on Thursday nights—as opposed to Saturdays– after its May screening.
“A lot of people go away on weekends in the summer,” he said.
Basch said they haven’t selected specific movies for upcoming months and that they welcome suggestions. He said they are considering Spiderman for May’s screening.
The HPPC began hosting screenings last year, airing Julie & Julia.
Basch anticipates that attendance will grow over time, although he still expects up to 500 attendees per movie. He joked that half those in attendance this Saturday may be under the age of 6 years, since kids love Frozen, the top grossing animated film of all time.
“We are excited to be once again contributing to the community,” said Adrian Lupu of Nest Seekers, who sponsored Julie & Julia last year. “Our long term goal is to grow this into a more permanent structure and home.”
The Parks Department requests that residents do not bring chairs to avoid damaging the turf. However, blankets and sleeping bags are allowed.
LIC Landing will be serving burgers, sandwiches and drinks.
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