Editor’s Note 7/23/18: This post has been updated to reflect the weather-related rescheduling of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle from July 23 to August 20.
Enjoy summer nights at the movies! For the second year, Albany will present Bites Camera Action on South Pearl Street. The free outdoor film screening event will take place on Mondays from July 9 to August 13, and will feature popular new flicks and old classics alike. Read on to see this season’s fantastic lineup!
Mondays at the Movies
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Fidelis Care, and SEFCU, Bites Camera Action will present a collection of film favorites largely chosen by the community through an online survey. Every week at 6:30 PM, South Pearl Street will close to traffic from Beaver Street to Hudson Avenue. That’s when the fun begins!
On Mondays starting July 9, guests will enjoy:
- 6:30 – Music and games for all ages,
- 7:00 – A short film from Youth FX showcasing the work of young Capital Region filmmakers, and
- 7:30 – A feature presentation.
But what about the “bites?” Find tasty food options on-site, prepared by local restaurants neighboring the Times Union Center. And since no movie is complete without a drink and a snack, Aramark will provide popcorn, beer, wine, and soft drinks for purchase.
The Movie Lineup
- July 9: Invincible | Featuring a meet and greet with the Albany Empire players in recognition of Empire co-owner and former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, portrayed in the film by Greg Kinnear.
- July 16: The Goonies
- July 30: Hidden Figures
- August 6: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- August 13: Guardians of the Galaxy
- August 20 (re-scheduled due to weather): Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Bites Camera Action is presented by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and the Times Union Center, with support from other sponsors. To keep up to date with announcements and postponements, be sure to check the Downtown Albany BID and Times Union Center social media channels, or on downtownalbany.org and timesunioncenter-albany.com. In the event of a storm, August 20 and 27 will be held as rain dates.
More About Bites Camera Action
This summer, films will be shown on the Times Union Center’s new 15-by-70-foot LED display screens, which were unveiled in January as part of a $19.6 million upgrade project. In a statement, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “The renovations at the Times Union Center were intended to create a space that brought people together, whether it was on event nights or throughout the year. I am so happy to see our LED screens will be enjoyed by families for this free movie series.”
Free parking will be available after 5 PM at the Times Union Center Garage (9 Wendell Street) and Green-Hudson Garage (45 Hudson Avenue), as well as on the street. Seating will not be provided, so don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic blankets!
For more information on Bites Camera Action, visit downtownalbany.org/bitescameraaction.