Family Movies in the Park

 

Now in its tenth summer, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park exhibits free family movies in four Jamaica parks — Cambria/Cabbell Park (Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue), Brookville Park (Brookville Boulevard at 144th Avenue), Baisley Pond Park (Foch Boulevard at Long Street), and St. Albans Park (Merrick Boulevard @ Sayres Avenue near Linden Boulevard) — on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively for five weeks in the summer. What follows are movie line-ups since the program’s inception.

Summer 2007

The summer of 2007 witnessed the pilot season of Family Movies in the Park. Two Films — “Happy Feet” and “Pride” — were shown in St. Albans Park on July 26th and August 2nd respectively.

Summer 2008

In the summer of 2008, Family Movies in the Park returned to St. Albans Park with the screening of two films – “The Wiz” and “The Great Debaters” – exhibited on August 14th and August 28th respectively. The success of additional fundraising efforts allowed for Family Movies in the Park program growth that included expansion to a second Jamaica park. On August 23rd and August 30th, “The Wiz” and “The Great Debaters” were exhibited in Baisley Pond Park.

Summer 2009

In the summer of 2009, Family Movies in the Park was significantly expanded in terms of both the number of parks as well as the number of films exhibited in each park. Brookville Park was added to the list of parks that exhibited regularly scheduled Family Movies in the Park. Films included in the 2009 line-up included: “Akeelah and the Bee”, “Chicken Run”, “Claudine”, and “The Karate Kid”.

Summer 2010

In the summer of 2010, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park expanded to include a fourth park — Cambria Park. Movies were exhibited in Cambria Park on Monday nights, Brookville Park on Tuesday nights, Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights, and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Films included in the 2010 line-up included: “Happy Feet”; “Pride”; “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”; “Jaws”; “Shrek”; “The Wizard of Oz”; “Love & Basketball”; and “Sherlock Holmes”. Four movies were shown in each park.

Summer 2011

In the summer of 2011, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park returned to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2011 line-up included: “Home Alone”; “Raiders of the Lost Ark”; “The Great Debaters”; “Toy Story”; “Sounder”; “E.T.”; “The Dark Knight”; and “The Incredibles”.

Summer 2012

In the summer of 2012, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park returned to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2012 line-up included: “Shrek”; “Up”; “Akeelah and the Bee”; “Wizard of Oz”; “Spider Man”, “Wizard of Oz”; “Remember the Titans”; “West Side”; “Hitch”; and “Jaws”.

Summer 2013

In the summer of 2013, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park returned to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2013 line-up included: “Despicable Me”; “Sister Act”; “Love and Basketball”; “Sherlock Holmes”; “Stuart Little”, “Rocky”; “Glory”; and “The Blind Side”.

Summer 2014

In the summer of 2014, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park returned to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2014 line-up included: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”; “Madea’s Family Reunion”; “Jurassic Park”; “Transformers”; “Madea’s Family Reunion”; “Monsters, Inc.”, “Cool Runnings“; “Back to the Future“; and “Star Trek“.

Summer 2015

In the summer of 2015, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park returned to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2015 line-up included: “Jumanji”; “The Princess and the Frog”; “Lee Daniels: The Butler”; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; “Claudine”; “Frozen”; “Indian Jones”; “Beyond The Lights”; and “The Blind Side”.

Summer 2016

In the summer of 2016, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park will return to: Cambria Park on Monday nights; Brookville Park on Tuesday nights; Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday nights; and St. Albans Park on Thursday nights. Movies featured in the 2015 line-up are as follows:


CAMBRIA PARK – MONDAY NIGHTS 

Monday, July 11th — 8:28 pm
Cambria/Cabbell Park
KarateKid
Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

 

Ratatouille
A scrawny rat named Remy (voice of Patton Oswalt) finds his dreams of culinary superstardom stirring up sizable controversy in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant in director Brad Bird’s madcap computer-animated comedy. It’s hard being a rat with culinary aspirations, but Remy is convinced he has what it takes to break the stereotypes and follow in the footsteps of star chef Auguste Gusteau (voice of Brad Garrett). As fate would have it, Remy is currently situated in the sewers directly beneath Gusteau’s elegant restaurant. Soon Remy teams up with a young chef with little talent named Linguini (voice of Lou Romano). Together they are able to create some fabulous dishes, but they live in fear that someone will discover their secret and object strenuously to a rat being in a kitchen. When Remy’s passion for cooking turns the haughty world of French cuisine upside down, the rat who would be king of the kitchen learns important lessons about life, friends, and family while questioning whether he should pursue his culinary calling or simply go back underground and return to his life as a sewer rat.

 

Avengers
When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. That team includes superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and The Hulk.

 

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don’t-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover’s son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is “humbled” when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband’s belongings and finds Nettie’s letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score. 
 
Monday, August 8th –8:03 pm
Cambria/Cabbell Park
Rainfall
If one of our scheduled feature films has been “rained out”, then we’ll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we’ll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you’ve never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

 

Tuesday, July 12th – 8:27 pm
Brookville Park
BrownSugar
Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.
Cars
A pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn’t always about crossing the finish line first in Toy Story director John Lasseter’s mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) may be just a rookie, but he’s convinced that he can realize his dream of zooming by the checkered flag if he can only make it to California in time to compete in the upcoming Piston Cup Championship. When Lightning takes a detour into the slow-moving, Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, however, it begins to appear as if his shot at the big time has effectively stalled out. Of course, Lightning’s exciting cross-country trek wasn’t all for naught, and after befriending such quirky Radiator Springs residents as Sally the Porsche (voice of Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (voice of Paul Newman), and Mater the Tow Truck (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), the eager young racer learns that sometimes life is more about the voyage than the outcome of the race.
 
Tuesday, July 26th – 8:17 pm
Brookville Park
WarRoom
A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.
 
Tuesday, August 2nd – 8:10 pm
Brookville Park
Matrix
David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the character’s unusual life into the 21st century as he experiences joy and sadness, loves lost and found, and the meaning of timelessness. Cate Blanchett co-stars along with Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond.
Tuesday, August 9th – 8:02 pm
Brookville Park
Rainfall
If one of our scheduled feature films has been “rained out”, then we’ll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we’ll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you’ve never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

BAILEY POND PARKS – WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

 “Brown Sugar” (PG-13 – 109 Minutes – 2002)

Wednesday, July 13th – 8:27 pm
Baisley Pond Park
BrownSugar
Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.
 
Cars
A pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn’t always about crossing the finish line first in Toy Story director John Lasseter’s mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) may be just a rookie, but he’s convinced that he can realize his dream of zooming by the checkered flag if he can only make it to California in time to compete in the upcoming Piston Cup Championship. When Lightning takes a detour into the slow-moving, Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, however, it begins to appear as if his shot at the big time has effectively stalled out. Of course, Lightning’s exciting cross-country trek wasn’t all for naught, and after befriending such quirky Radiator Springs residents as Sally the Porsche (voice of Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (voice of Paul Newman), and Mater the Tow Truck (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), the eager young racer learns that sometimes life is more about the voyage than the outcome of the race.
 
WarRoom
A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.
Wednesday, August 3rd – 8:09 pm
Baisley Pond Park
Matrix
What if virtual reality wasn’t just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That’s the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It’s the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It’s through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson — none of what’s going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people’s minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they’re through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is “The One” who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound.
Rain Date / Karaoke Night
Wednesday, August 10th – 8:01 pm
Baisley Pond Park
 Rainfall
If one of our scheduled feature films has been “rained out”, then we’ll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we’ll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you’ve never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!
Thursday, July 14th – 8:26 pm
Saint Albans Park
KarateKid
Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
 
Thursday, July 21st – 8:22 pm
Saint Albans Park
Ratatouille
A scrawny rat named Remy (voice of Patton Oswalt) finds his dreams of culinary superstardom stirring up sizable controversy in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant in director Brad Bird’s madcap computer-animated comedy. It’s hard being a rat with culinary aspirations, but Remy is convinced he has what it takes to break the stereotypes and follow in the footsteps of star chef Auguste Gusteau (voice of Brad Garrett). As fate would have it, Remy is currently situated in the sewers directly beneath Gusteau’s elegant restaurant. Soon Remy teams up with a young chef with little talent named Linguini (voice of Lou Romano). Together they are able to create some fabulous dishes, but they live in fear that someone will discover their secret and object strenuously to a rat being in a kitchen. When Remy’s passion for cooking turns the haughty world of French cuisine upside down, the rat who would be king of the kitchen learns important lessons about life, friends, and family while questioning whether he should pursue his culinary calling or simply go back underground and return to his life as a sewer rat.
 
Thursday, July 28th – 8:15 pm
Saint Albans Park
Avengers
When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. That team includes superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and The Hulk.
 
Thursday, August 4th – 8:08 pm
Saint Albans Park
TheColorPurple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don’t-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover’s son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is “humbled” when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband’s belongings and finds Nettie’s letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score.
 
Thursday, August 11th – 7:59 pm
Saint Albans Park
Rainfall
If one of our scheduled feature films has been “rained out”, then we’ll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we’ll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you’ve never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

Support for Family Movies in the Park has been provided by:

Local Elected Officials:
New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller
New York City Council Member Donovan Richards
New York City Council Member Ruben Wills
New York City Council Member Leroy Comrie (Former)
New York City Council Member James Sanders (Former)
New York City Council Member Thomas White, Jr. (Deceased)

Borough Elected Officials:
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (Former)

State Elected Officials:
New York State Assembly Member Barbara Clark (Deceased)
New York State Senator Malcolm Smith (Former)
New York State Assembly Member William Scarborough (Former)

Borough Agencies:
Queens Council on the Arts

New York City Agencies:
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

New York State Agencies:
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Corporate:
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
jetBlue
Resorts World Casino New York
Walmart

Foundation:
Independence Community Foundation