Kingston Parks “Movies Under the Stars” is a committee comprised of community organizations and volunteers that raised funds and purchased a portable screen, sound system and film projector and screened movies in the parks starting in June 2012.  The goal was an 8-week Friday night movie series and the first season proved to be a smashing success with crowds of 300-500 for each outdoor movie.  Now the committee is gearing up for Season 2 by adding new locations, equipment upgrades, more outdoor screenings (10 nights!!) and even a few evenings for a night on the town geared at grown ups.

Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars is a Special Project of the Friends of Kingston Parks and Recreation with support from the Kingston Land Trust, Queens Galley, Kingston Cares, and a dedicated group of volunteers.

If you are interested in helping this project please call Jen Fuentes at 845.332.6600 or send a message to jenfuentes77(at)gmail.com.

What is it? 

We are a committee of dedicated volunteers and community organizations committed to bringing movies to our public parks and community spaces.  Armed with a gigantic inflatable screen, kick butt sound system, and bug spray we are an all-volunteer team working to provide a free 10-week Friday night movie during the summer of 2013.  We even throw in free popcorn and water/lemonade!

Where will it be?

The idea is to move the movie series around the city to showcase the outstanding public parks and public spaces we have in the City of Kingston.  As we get closer to our season kickoff, look for storefront posters, postcards, or visit this site to follow all of our activities.  Our tentative locations for 2013 include, in no particular order: Hasbrouck, Cornell Park, Kingston Point Beach, Rotary Park, Gallo Park, Wall Street (location of farmers market), Forsyth Park, Knothole Field/Barman Park, Academy Green, Hutton Park.

Who is leading this?

This is a project of the Friends of Kingston Parks and Recreation, established to raise much needed revenue to support our Recreation Department.  The equipment is owned by and housed at the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.  Our special committee is comprised of chronic do-gooders – listed below- and meet around once a month in the off-season at the Everett Hodge Community Center.  Leave a message on this site or contact anybody on the Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars committee for more information.

How are you going to pay for all this?

Thanks to a fabulous list of community and business sponsors we now own an exceptional outdoor movie projection system!!  The objective for 2013 is to raise approximately $10,000.  That gives us $3500 to purchase the copyrights for 10 movies so that we can legally have public showings (yep, trust us there is no way around copyright fees).  We also want to purchase a commercial popcorn machine and back-up projector bulb.  The rest will go towards printing posters, banners, and postcards and the all important porta-potty rentals.  Our committee will be hosting “fun”raisers and soliciting weekly movie night sponsors to make this all come together.

How can I help?

We are raising money in a number of ways so that everybody can chip in.  We see this project as more than raising money for some movie nights and equipment, but also inspiring our community to come together.  Please consider a generous donation to move us closer to our 2013 goal.  Checks can be made out to the Kingston Parks and Recreation with “Movies Under the Stars” in the memo line, and mailed to 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401.  We are also always looking for volunteers to help with set-up/tear-down each week and for the truly daring, consider joining the committee.  To find out more contact Jen Fuentes at 845.332.6600 or visit our blog at Kingstonparksmovies.com and find out about our next “funraiser.”

Movies Under the Stars “Executive Producers”

Jen Fuentes – Always looking for a good reason to eat popcorn
Janai & Patrick McDonough – Just good peeps
Kevin Rowe- The Only Person that Actually Knows How to Work the Equipment
Megan & Dennis Weiss –  Kingston Cares, compulsive joiners, organizers, and all-around do-gooders
Paula Wisneski – The Church Lady, Isn’t that Special?
Carly Williams – City Clerk, stand-in for Sandra Bullock
Jim “Master Blaster” Noble – Common Council President, Sylvester Stallone Stuntman
Kevin Gillfeather – Superintendent Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner Look-alike
Steve Schabot – Hudson Health Plan, Parks and Rec Commission, Rock star
Stephen Blauweiss – Graphic designer extraordinaire, independent filmmaker
Andi Turco-Levin – Concert Fundraiser Producer, Mama to Lily and Kirby
Jillian Fisher – Marketing, promotions, expert organizer, stand-in for Julia Roberts
Suzanne Cahill – City Planner, wearer of many hats – and T-shirts
Jeanne Edwards- Neighborhood angel
Brenda Waldemar – Keeps us all honest
Debbie “Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel” Brown – Alderman, Ward 9
Diane Reeder – The “Queen” of popcorn
And many more assists… from great folks like United Healthcare, Center for Creative Education, the Kingston Land Trust, Binnewater, the Salvation Army, and the Kingston Junior League…

We’ll see YOU at the Movies