Kingston Parks "Movies Under the Stars"

Month: September, 2013

Season 2 – That’s a Wrap

gallo park moviesKingston Parks Movies Under the Stars has just wrapped up another season of free, fun movie classics in our beautiful parks and public spaces around the city.  We had our ups and downs during Season 2, coping with an unusually wet and hot early summer, a few technical problems, and some last minute programming changes, compliments of Disney.  We want to recognize the special friends of our project who make up for all the bumps; great people like George Dawkins from Binnewater making sure we had Popsicles on the hottest night of the season in addition to ice cold bottled water every week, a real DeLorean on display for Back to the Future, book giveaways from the Kingston Federation of Teachers to keep our kids reading all summer, Music from DJ Jilly, Karate from Keith Bennett’s Karate Academy,  the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, Creative Play with the Wayfinder Experience, fun snacks from the Kingston Candy Store and Shoprite and delicious popcorn each week from the Ninety-Nine Restaurant.  Special thanks to ProSound Entertainment for answering the very last minute calls for help and of course our team of volunteers, ranging in age from 6 to 64, who give up a big chunk of their summer to help create lasting family memories of summer and foster a stronger community.  Finally, none of this would be possible without our project sponsors who donate both money and time to make this fun community effort happen:

Kingston Parks “Movies Under the Stars” 2013

Stars: ($500+)

Kingston Professional Firefighters
Rural Ulster Preservation Company
Junior League of Kingston
Basch & Keegan
Stewart’s Shops
Kingston Waterfront Association
Operating Engineers Local 825
Laborers Local 17
Hudson Valley Building Trades Council
Academy General Insurance
Stephen Blauweiss, Big Green TV
99 Restaurant

Co-Stars: ($300+)

Civil Service Employees Association, Kingston Unit
Binnewater Spring Water

Featured Roles: ($100+)

Arold Paving
Bailey Pottery
Kiwanis Club of Kingston
Rotary Club of Kingston
Kingston Sunshine Rotary
Jeff Lowe Plumbing
Applebee’s Restaurant
Kingston Candy Bar

Movie Extras: ($50-$100)

Central Hudson
Rondout Savings
Kingston Federation of Teachers, NYSUT

Thank you!!!  Please visit our sponsors and give them a big thanks for their support of the 2013 Season
We’ll see YOU at the movies soon for season 3.  Thanks for your support!  


West Side Story, Sept. 13, 7:30pm, Rotary Park

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The final movie night of Season 2!!!  Special time at 7:30pm

Music lovers unite!  Rotary Park is the place to be this Friday night, Sept 13 as we present West Side Story, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Kingston and the Sunshine Rotary Club.  It’s a grown up night so keep the little ones at home, but teens with parents or adult guardians are more than welcome.  Come sing along with the Jets and the Sharks to a classic American musical at 7:30pm!   Sadly the Gold Hope Duo will be unable to perform due to a scheduling conflict, but we will work to bring them back for Season 3.

Located across from Kingston Point Beach on Delaware Ave. you will find plenty of parking on-street or in the adjacent parking lot.  A special shuttle is arranged from the parking lot on Delaware Ave across from Kingston Point Beach.  It will be making a continual loop to the main pavilion of Rotary Park for seniors and anybody else who needs assistance for the short walk from the parking area to the movie area.  The Kingston Trolley will also be doing a free shuttle loop across the city if you need public transportation.  The trolley will begin running at 6:30pm to accommodate the earlier start time.  The nights are also getting chilly so make sure to dress for the weather.

Rotary Park is another hidden gem of the Kingston Park system. The land of Kingston Point Park has a long and intriguing history, beginning in 1897, Kingston Point has been a “must see” for visitors for over 100 years, with its beautiful views of the Hudson River, Rhinecliff and the surrounding natural areas, Kingston Point Park is an oasis in our urban city. Over the years, Kingston Point has morphed from it’s early days as an amusement park to a place of solitude and beauty. The Kingston Rotary Club led the way in the 1980′s to restore this beautiful park in order to provide a new generation of visitors with a enjoyable visit. Kingston Point has over 87 acres of open space and Kingston recently renamed a 2 acre portion of the park as Rotary Park at Kingston Point in honor of the Kingston Rotary’s ongoing commitment to the park.

We’ll see YOU at the Movies!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Sept. 6

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And so we begin the next chapter of Movies Under the Stars Season 2 – RAIN DATES AND RESCHEDULED…

Lord Voldemort got the best of Movies Under the Stars when we tried Harry Potter the first time, but now we are back to battle the forces of dark magic (and cruddy weather).  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be presented at Hasbrouck Park this Friday night – Sept. 6 at 7:45 sponsored by the Hudson Valley Building Trades Council and the Laborers’ International Union, Local 17.  We will be joined by the Wayfinder Experience to lead the kids in creative play starting at 7:00pm.  Find out more at  This one will be fabulous for the kids and the kids at heart.

Hasbrouck Park is located on Delaware Ave next to JFK Elementary School.  Parking is available within the park and there is a lot at the lower gate next to the Hasbrouck play space.  The trolley will be running as well.  We’ll see YOU at the Movies!  


West Side Story, Sept 13, 7:30pm, Rotary Park (Rain Date)


We’ll see YOU at the Movies!