April 22, 2019 By Alexa Beyer
Outdoor movie lovers will find a home in Sunnyside this summer.
On select Friday nights in June through September, Sunnysiders will be able to watch free family friendly flicks like The Muppets Take Manhattan; Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse; Coco; and West Side Story.
The screenings, hosted by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, will take place after dark at the Lou Lodati and Noonan Playgrounds.
Sunnyside Shines hopes that the events will give locals a fun activity to do over the summer and draw them out to the neighborhood’s parks.
Up to 200 residents are expected to attend each screening, the organization anticipates.
The first screening, on Friday, June 7, will be a night of shorts by Queens filmmakers pulled from the Queens World Film Festival and the Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival.
The following weeks, family classics will be played. The movies were chosen by residents through a poll on Sunnyside Shines’ Facebook page and email list.
The events were made possible through a New York City Council Parks Equity Initiative grant designated by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. The organization says that now that the equipment is paid for, if all goes well, the outdoor movie series is likely to continue for summers to come.
The BID lasted screened movies at Noonan Playground in 2012, when it rented equipment from FunFlicks. There were equipment problems that year and the concept was later shelved. This year will be the first time the BID screens movies at Lou Lodati.
Screenings will start after sundown, with pre-movie activities starting at 7 p.m.