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Twister Prompts Cancellation of Open Air Screening of Wizard of Oz

It’s a twist in the plot as a tornado watch clears the park during a showing of “The Wizard of Oz.” But pay no attention to that man behind the curtain—the show will go on tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Outdoor movie in Maplewood, New Jersey

George Rague, Director of the Maplewood Department of Recreation, asked movie-goers to clear the park and promised that the show—featuring the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz”—would be rescheduled for Saturday, July 24, at 8 p.m. in the park.

The evening was sponsored by the Maplewood Recreation Department, which commandeered the help of Gary Walz and his twin sons, Mike and Nick, along with Andrew Gnutti, Chris Spurrier and Cindy Roth. All were on site early with Rague to set up for the evening. Mike Fusco from NJ Backyard Movies of Summit Soundz arrived with the inflatable movie screen and together the group began blowing up the 16-foot screen.

At 6:30 p.m., the first movie-goer arrived. Angela Nash chose her spot alongside the yellow brick road as she set up her chairs and blankets. Many others entered the park, following the yellow brick roads that led to the screen. Music, provided by Summit Sounds, entertained guests as children danced to the tunes while waiting for the movie to begin. Crane’s Deli was there selling popcorn, Moonpies, lemonade, iced tea and water.

Maplewood Director of Cultural Affairs Marcy Thompson and her partner from Studio B, Jenny Turner-Hall, were there as co-sponsors. They brought along two short films by local artists: George Lange’s “Flying Kids” was shown first followed by animator Emily Hudley’s ” The Power.”

At 8:15 p.m., the main feature began. Shortly after “Dorothy” fell into the pigpen, lightening was detected in the area and the park was cleared. Disappointed film fans were relieved to hear that the movie would be shown Saturday evening. So, indeed, there will be a rainbow at the end of this storm.

Source: http://maplewood.patch.com/articles/screen-twister-rescheduled-due-to-threat-of-real-twister


Pittsgrove, New Jersey: Anti-Tobacco Club Uses Outdoor Movie as Rally Point

Marc Romano and Liz Wesztergom students from Cumberland Regional High School and Tom Glatfelter and Jim Riendeau students from Vineland High School get ready for the show to start! (Photo taken by Jessica Ortuso)

The hot chocolate was piping and the aroma of buttered popcorn filled the air as dozens of high school students gathered in the near freezing temperatures on Friday November 6th at Green Branch Park in Pittsgrove, NJ. REBEL members from Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties assembled to watch Grease on a 21 foot inflatable movie screen at an event they called “REEL Change with REBEL.”

Part of REBELS mission is not only to reach out and educate their peers about the dangers of using tobacco and the lies that Big Tobacco uses to market to youth but also, to encourage schools to adopt a Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy. “Grease cited specific examples of Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy violations. It proved that the more accepted smoking is the more likely students are to be persuaded into using tobacco,” Jessie Salerno, 17 of Salem County said.

Salerno serves as a representative for Salem, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties on the Council of Nine which is a leadership board representing the nine regions in this statewide movement. “Our Tri-County event was a great opportunity for our three counties to get together, in a fun, tobacco awareness environment, and enjoy and learn from a classic musical.”

Jessica Ortuso



Pittsgrove, New Jersey: Group of Teens Rallying Against Tobacco to Share Outdoor Movie

Cumberland County REBEL will team with Salem and Gloucester REBEL Chapters for a free Tri-County movie event which will focus on fun and learning on the big screen, 1950s style! The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Green Branch Park in Pittsgrove. All high school REBEL members in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties are invited to attend. The event will feature a movie shown on a two-story inflatable screen, a trivia contest with prizes and popcorn and hot chocolate. Dress warmly and bring a lawn chair.REBEL (Reaching Everyone by Exposing Lies) is a statewide movement by and for New Jersey teens who want to break free from the influences of Big Tobacco. It is a youth-led program with chapters in high schools and middle schools throughout New Jersey.



Eatontown, New Jersey: New Store Location Promoted with Guitar Hero on Outdoor Movie Screen

John Knoeppel of Best Buy Eatontown has been answering customer service questions for months without having an actual physical store.

The Customer Solutions Manager launched the new store’s identity on Twitter and soon discovered a new way to do business that still addressed customer needs.

“Social media has been an exciting journey. Our associates are using the web to answer tech question and solve customer issues and we aren’t even open yet.”

The electronics superstore (50 Rt 36, Eatontown) finally kicks off its Grand Opening celebration on Friday with a “Women in Technology” event to talk about the latest in gadgets, technology and electronics.

Doors will open officially on the Saturday with a live performance at 2pm by Cartel—the band will also sign copies of their new album. The party continues with the gals from the Jersey Shore Roller Girls and a ShoreFlicks 16ft inflatable screen showing Guitar Hero.

This Best Buy is also already involved in community projects through its @15 program, said Knoeppel, and is running a food drive on the 24th and 25th to support the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“Even though Best Buy is a large international company, we think locally on a store by store basis because every Best Buy community is different and we need to serve our local customers and cater to their unique needs.”

Best Buy also brings 100 jobs to the area and they are still hiring. Here’s the link to the site: http://stores.bestbuy.com/1895.

The Jersey shore area has a new store, and a great new neighbor. We think you should make them feel welcome!



Salt Lake City, Utah: Open Air Cinema hosts Outdoor Movie at NRPA Convention

This past Wednesday, Open Air Cinema and Swank Motion Pictures hosted a free screening of Transformers 2 at the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) national congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The screening was a blast, and everyone really enjoyed watching the movie on the huge 30′ screen. It was really great because everyone was able to see the screening on a brand-new system.  The sound was amazing, and the projection was stunning.  National Parks and Recreation administrators from all over the place came to see the screening: Alabama, Texas, Utah, California, New York, Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and many other places.  Here is an excerpt of a review from io9:

“Critical consensus on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is overwhelmingly negative. But the critics are wrong. Micheal Bay used a squillion dollars and a hundred supercomputers’ worth of CG for a brilliant art movie about the illusory nature of plot.

Oh, and I would warn you that there’ll be spoilers in this review — except that, really, since I still have no idea what actually happened in this movie, I’m not sure how much I can spoil it.

Since the days of Un Chien Andalou and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari filmmakers have reached beyond meaning. But with this summer’s biggest, loudest movie, Michael Bay takes us all the way inside Caligari’s cabinet. And once you enter, you can never emerge again. I saw this movie two days ago, and I’m still living inside it. Things are exploding wherever I look, household appliances are trying to kill me, and bizarre racial stereotypes are shouting at me.

Transformers: ROTF has mostly gotten pretty hideous reviews, but that’s because people don’t understand that this isn’t a movie, in the conventional sense. It’s an assault on the senses, a barrage of crazy imagery. Imagine that you went back in time to the late 1960s and found Terry Gilliam, fresh from doing his weird low-fi collage/animations for Monty Python. You proceeded to inject Gilliam with so many steroids his penis shrank to the size of a hair follicle, and you smushed a dozen tabs of LSD under his tongue. And then you gave him the GDP of a few sub-Saharan countries. Gilliam might have made a movie not unlike this one.”

Read more at http://io9.com/5301898/michael-bay-finally-made-an-art-movie


Brick Township: New Jersey: Drive-In Outdoor Movie and Concert Rescheduled to Tonight in Brick

Drive-In Outdoor Movies in Brick, New JerseyBrick Township Parks and Recreation center presents SummerFest 2009: a lineup of outdoor movies and concerts held all summer long. July 23’s concert, featuring The Infernos and Gerard Esposito, and outdoor film was rained out, so the show has been rescheduled to TONIGHT 7 p.m. There will also be fireworks after the movie, so this will truly be night to remember. Also, admission is free, so this should be a perfect night out for the whole family. The film will be “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” and will be shown on an inflatable screen. This is a really fun movie that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Shuttle buses will be in service, and the food court will open at 5 p.m. Don’t miss this awesome night of music, fireworks, and of course, a movie under the stars.


New Jersey Cities Show Outdoor Movies at "National Night Out Against Crime" Events

Outdoor Movies Screened in Cities Across New JerseyCities all over the state of New Jersey are participating in the “National Night Out Against Crime” with community events in parks and recreation areas. Check your local news sources to find out dates of events in a city near you. The community activities are usually organized by local law enforcement and/or parks and recreation departments. They usually include fun, family-friendly games, vendors, concerts, and other activities to acquaint residents with safety procedures and their local law officers. The best cities are including outdoor movie screenings in the park as a fun finale to the day.

The city of Livingston police department will be one of the groups hosting their “National Night Out Against Crime”, and they will be screening an outdoor film at Livingston Memorial Park on South Livingston Avenue this Tuesday. Come the whole day to enjoy free food, games, a DJ and dancing, and stay late as the outdoor cinema will begin at sundown.

The city of Newark will also be presenting their Night Out this Tuesday, but Newark residents will actually have four movies to choose from at four separate outdoor locations around the city. “Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa” will screen at Branch Brook Park; “Hotel for Dogs” at Independence Park; “The Longshots” at Weequahic Park; and “Kung Fu Panda” at West Side Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket, and the movies will begin at approximately 8:30pm.

If you live in or near Springfield, you are one of the lucky New Jersey residents to enjoy an open air cinema screening as well. At 9 p.m. this Tuesday, the movie “Happy Feet” will be shown at Meisel Avenue Park. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a favorite family-friendly movie under the stars, as well as become better acquainted with your friendly neighborhood police department. This will be a great experience for children to learn that police are here to help, and are an important part of the community. And the outdoor movie is free!

click here for more info about “National Night Out Against Crime” events occurring around New Jersey


Millville, New Jersery: Millville Recreation Department Hosts an Outdoor Movie on an Inflatable Screen

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park

Another great outdoor movie event, this time in Millville, New Jersey. Each year, the Millville Recreation Department hosts an outdoor cinema event, and this year it has been scheduled for this Saturday, July 25. Movies under the stars are always fun so this is sure to be a successful community event, although the movie choice is a bit odd: “The River Wild,” starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon. I’m sure it’s a good movie, although I’ve never seen it. It’s like, 25 years old, and not one of the so-called “classics”. In fact, I had never heard of the film until I came across this event. But after reading the description it sounds exciting and well-cast, and a good outdoorsy film for an outdoor film screening.

So be sure to come out for Millville Recreation Department’s outdoor movie night and see a film you may never have seen before! It will be held at Riverfront Park, at Buck and Main streets. There will also be live musical entertainment preceding the film by Keith Hickman, starting at 7pm. The film, shown on a giant inflatable movie screen, will begin at dusk. Admission is free, and popcorn will be available while supplies last.

Film Description (just in case there are any other youngins like me that have never heard of this movie!)
“The River Wild”: A family, guided by their experienced rafting mom (Meryl Streep), go on a river-rafting vacation. Along the way they meet two apparently inexperienced rafters who enlist their aid. Soon enough they find the men have less-then-honorable intentions, and the family is plunged into a vacation-gone-bad. The family must navigate the rocky waters along with their treacherous companions in order to survive their rafting trip.