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Movies By Moonlight

Movies By Moonlight

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Movies By Moonlight

, a free outdoor film spectacular will be held this coming weekend, Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at 8:30 pm in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area.

There are no tickets to purchase, but you will want to arrive early to spread out your blanket or unfold your chairs and relax with friends, family, and the community while viewing two movie classics.

In Charlie Chaplin’s "The Gold Rush," the Tramp is one of the thousands of hopefuls seeking their fortunes in the snowy mountains. He meets a bear, a murderer, and a friendly prospector who hallucinating, mistakes him for a plump chicken ready to roast. Made in 1925, this is the film by which Chaplin most wanted to be remembered. In 1942, Chaplin composed a new musical accompaniment for the film.

"Bye Bye Birdie," starring Ann Margaret and Dick Van Dyke, is the film that made Ann Margaret a star. Conrad Birdie is being drafted into the army. Horror grips the nation’s teens. The town is turned upside down with Birdie hysteria, hip swaying, stolen kisses and the Elvis-like idol in gold lame.

Movies By Moonlight

, now in its second year, is produced by artist and filmmaker, Kate Judge. Judge is drawn to film because of its enormity.

"I like that feeling of being in an audience and seeing something larger than life in front of you," said Judge. "A whole crowd of people can be mesmerized, chuckling and laughing, experiencing the same thing."

Judge also wants to create opportunities for families to enjoy things together.

" I have great memories of being in my pajamas, sitting in the back of the station wagon, with other families around me all taking part," said Judge. "I got the same feeling last year seeing children at Movies By Moonlight."

The idea for Movies By Moonlight began long ago. Judge and her sister, Julia, share a love for film and always talked about producing an outdoor show.

"It was just an idea until I mentioned it to Chris Jorge of the RAA," said Judge, "and mover and shaker that she is, she made it happen."

RAA and Gateway have sponsored the event both this year and last, and this year, Blockbuster has provided major funding for Movies By Moonlight.

"This is a good sign for the future," said Judge. "We hope to show even more movies next year."

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