THE BIG PICTURE SHOW
nce upon a time there was a classic drive-in movie in Bridgehampton.
Now the K-Mart parking lot back then we’d load the car up and spend
the evening watching old sci-fi and monster films till the sun came up.
Long gone you can catch a glimpse of that experience at a number of local
For the fourth season Sag Harbor’s CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 631-725-
0128 stages its annual summer film fest. Making perfect use of the great lawn
adjacent their Route 114 campus they put on a show second to none. Courtesy
of Hampton’s Drive-In a towering 20X40 screen paired with state-of-the art digital
projection and sound bring your family an evening’s entertainment under the
This year’s series is a bit different. Teaming with the Sag Harbor Foundation,
the non-profit group that is raising money to help buy and rebuild the old down-
town Cinema, this year’s series of movies will help raise awareness for that cam-
paign and maybe a little dough, too! Each film is accompanied by food, drink,
candy and popcorn. And although the events area free, that’s right folks free
movies, donations to help rebuild the old Cinema are eagerly welcomed.
This month they have a classic romantic comedy and the latest animated
smash on tap! On August 10th it’s “Roxanne” while two weeks later kids of all
ages will love the cheeky humor and plain wackiness of the “Lego Batman” film.
Like all Christ Church films admission is free with food and drink available for sale.
To learn more check the schedule and how Christ Church is helping in the new
Cinema effort go to www.christchurchny.org. or call 631-725-0128.
On a similar note SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER hosts a great free outdoor
film series every Friday in August. This year they’ve gone all in for a well-rounded
selection of major hits continuing August 4 with the hilarious, never-to-be-out-
done, original “Airplane”. On the 11th the Academy award winning “The Artist”
will captivate you. The following Friday one of the best loved, screwball, romantic
comedies of all times, “The Princess Bride” screens. With football season almost
at hand why not get in the mood with a dose of Denzel Washington in “Re-
member the Titans.” on August 25. Finally, and you knew this was coming, the
film that emptied the beaches in 1975, “Jaws”, washes ashore in Southampton
September 1. Located on Job’s Lane in Southampton Village to find out more go
to www.southamptonartscenter.org or call 631-283-0967.
Proving true the adage when it rains, more movies are shown outdoors, East
Hampton’s YMCA RECenter 631-329-6884 is pairing with the Hamptons Film
Festival to stage their own series of free Friday night outdoor movies on their
spacious grounds. Located around the corner from the train station in the heart
of that beautiful village they continue their series with “Little Shop of Horrors”
on August 4, followed by the late Robin Williams in “Jumanji” on the 11th. The
ghoulish buy funny “Addams Family Values“ is shown on August 18 while the
most honored Japanese animated film “Spirited Away: is on screen August 25.
Summer may be fading but the RECenter rolls on with the cultish “Whale Rid-
er” on September 4, Spielberg’s mammoth “Close Encounters’ on September
8, one of the best movie musicals of all times, “West Side Story” on September
15 and finally one of Tom Hanks underrated works, “The Burbs” on September
22. All free showings, just bring a blanket and some friends for a great night’s
Further east there are two sites set to show you a great movie under the stars.
In the heart of Amagansett the green at the Square will see a series of great flicks.
That includes Kevin Bacon tearing up the mid-West in “Footloose” on August
2. That’s followed by one of the sweetest, wisest, most underrated films of the
past 25 years, “Little Miss Sunshine” on the 9th. Both are shown free at 8:30pm.
Finally, working with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and the local Douglass
Elliman office that village green will rock with laughter when “Monty Python and
the Holy Grail” is shown on August 17 at 8PM. For more info call 631-668-2428.
For the third season the SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER 631-287-
4377 has assembled a series of carefully curated films that depict the Jewish
experience from almost every angle. Featuring classic documentaries and new
works, anyone with an eye for well told stories or history unraveled will appreci-
ate this sometimes provocative series. Shown in conjunction with East Hamp-
tons’ GUILD HALL 631-324-4050 the series begins July 6 - August 29 with films
shown in both venues. To find out more go to www.scc-arts.org.
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