Free or cheap outdoor movies will be playing in borough parks and on rooftops this summer for Brooklynites on a budget. Outdoor projectors and inflatable movie screens will stretch from DUMBO to Bay Ridge from May to August, showing outdoor films as diverse as "Paper Moon," "Toy Story," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Fame."
"Rich or poor, good times or bad, people love to be entertained," said Kim Maier, executive director of The Old Stone House, which runs free outdoor movie screenings in Park Slope's Washington Park.
"When the money is tight, going to the movies can be a $50 evening," said Maier. "This is very easy on your wallet because it's free."
Not only are the movies free or low-cost, but the outdoor cinemas and viewing locations are among Brooklyn's most beautiful, from the waterfront to some pretty borough parks.
At the Narrows Botanical Garden in Bay Ridge, three movies will be shown in July and August, including the classic Audrey Hepburn thriller "Wait Until Dark."
While the Bay Ridge screenings usually attract up to 500 people, things may be different this year. "I expect we'll have a better turnout because of the economy," said garden president Joan Regal. "But we have 4.5 acres of land."
Over in Prospect Park, two movies will play in June and August, featuring a live music score and a sing-along.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bridge Park's Movies With a View program, which is in its 10th year, will show classics such as "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" and "The Return of the Pink Panther" Thursdays from July 9 to Aug. 27.
"We get 3,000 to 4,000 people an evening. Every seat is a waterfront seat," said Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Webster.
This year's theme is "Stolen Summer," featuring eight films dealing with capers and thievery, from stolen cash in "Catch Me If You Can" to a stolen heart in "Edward Scissorhands."
The films were chosen by a group of borough film committee volunteers who vote on which flicks make the final cut. "There's 10 of us on the committee and we battle out ideas," said committee member Howard Leibowitz, 60, of Midwood. "It's not easy to pick eight films out of the millions that are out there."
In Williamsburg's McCarren Park, the Summer Screen series will show six films from July to August and will feature appetizers from local restaurants for under $2.
The borough's priciest option is the Rooftop Films' program, showing all independent films. The sites are on the roofs of Brooklyn Tech and Automotive High and on top of the old American can factory in Gowanus. Although this ticket costs $9, it also comes with a live band pre-show and an open bar following the movie.
"It's a really good deal and people are still going to see films and music," said Rooftop Films' Danielle Courtesis.
"It's a really good option for people on a tight budget."
Source: "Brooklyn's parks and rooftops to offer free or cheap movies" by Veronika Belenkaya -NY Daily News. Read full article at: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2009/05/03/2009-05-03_some_reel_summer_fun_boros_parks_and_rooftops_to_offer_free_or_cheap_flicks.html