The Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series Starts Friday

The Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series Starts Friday

Although RIOC has not yet favored the community with an advisory, they posted information on their website. Because few poke around in that unpredictable space, we decided to share what we found here.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The 2022 Summer Movie Series

The series, this year, improves on last year’s parade of R-Rated, profanity and violence filled series RIOC blasted into Southtown residences. For 2022, it’s family fare, although their announcement page was not without the usual confusion and illiteracy.

The website notice is short on words, which makes it even more surprising that they made a major error as well as a virtual admission that whoever writes these things for the error-prone state agency is bewildered about the island.

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“A series of films to be shown on a 40 foot screen at South Point Park (South of Cornell Tech and the Tram); includes trivia, fun facts, food vendors, and music!”

Skip over the illiterate us of the semicolon (a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.) Then, go straight to the jaw-dropper.

What the hell is “South Point Park?”

Well, we know, don’t we? It’s an imagined place dreamed up by someone who knows Roosevelt Island about as well as most of us know Chinese algebra.

To the credit of the state agency never makes a mistake, they get it right on the poster: Southpoint Park. So, why didn’t anyone help the hapless writer who has now made the “South Point” mistake twice already?

The Tradition of Outdoor Summer Movies

There’s something special about summer movies. Maybe it’s the novelty of seeing a film outdoors, or the sense of community that comes from sharing the experience with other moviegoers. Whatever the reason, summer movies have been a tradition for generations.

One of the earliest summer movie traditions began in New York City in 1933, when engineer Richard Hollingshead transformed his driveway into an impromptu screening room. To improve the sound quality, he mounted a speaker on his car and played the audio through an open window. Hollingshead’s invention quickly caught on, and drive-in movie theaters began popping up across the country.

Today, summer movies are enjoyed by people of all ages. From classic films like The Goonies to modern blockbusters like Jurassic World, there’s something for everyone at the local drive-in or outdoor screening. So grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

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