Valhalla, New York: Outdoor Movie Series Concludes With Two Movies
When this summer's Screenings under the Stars free outdoor movies series concludes on Thursday, August 21, at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, there will be fun for people of all ages with two films shown on the same night: Shrek the Third (PG, 2007) will begin at sundown and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 1975) will be screened later that night at 12 midnight. And, even if you've seen these outdoor films before, the fun of seeing them on a three-story-high screen, against the backdrop of a beautiful 300-foot-high stone dam, should be unparalleled. Presented by Westchester County Parks and the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Screenings under the Stars series is sponsored by FujiFilm USA, Westchester Magazine, The Journal News Lohud.com, radio stations 100.7 WHUD and 107.1 The Peak, Funtime Amusements and the Friends of Westchester County Parks. When the original animated film Shrek burst onto the summer movie scene in 2001, it changed forever the way people think of ogres. The movie that chronicled the tale of a giant but lovable ogre and his wise-cracking friend Donkey in pursuit of the lovely Princess Fiona won the hearts of people of all ages. Shrek also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002, and went on to future success with Shrek 2 in 2004. This second sequel, Shrek the Third continues the story when the King of Far Far Away passes away, leaving the reluctant Shrek as the immediate successor to the throne. Shrek immediately sets off to find the real heir to the throne so he can return to his lovely wife Fiona at home, and a series of hilarious events unfurl. The Kensico Dam Plaza opens at 5 p.m. for picnicking; bring blankets and chairs for seating on the lawn. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Shrek the Third movie starts at sundown. For more than 30 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been thrilling audiences with its sometimes-weird, most times outrageous storyline, and is shown in select theaters all over the country throughout the year to a cadre of aficionados that keeps renewing itself all the time. The film's status as a cult classic is also partially attributed to its lively soundtrack featuring 16 great songs, including The Time Warp and Whatever Happened To Saturday Night? The Rocky Horror Picture Show relates the story of newlywed couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) whose car breaks down on a dark country road and they spend an unforgettable night at the castle of a mad scientist (Tim Curry) where many truly unusual events occur. Please note: this film is rated R for audiences age 17 and up; teens who attend must show a photo ID with proof of age or must be accompanied by an adult. The gates open for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11 p.m.; the movie begins at 12 midnight. Parking and admission for both films are free. The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla near the Valhalla MetroNorth train station. For more information call (914) 864-PARK.