Movies on the Beach

In the summer months, the NYC Parks Department puts on these free summer movies, and on Friday I had the opportunity to go to my first, free summer movie.

On the beach.

At first it was a bit awkward as we approached the makeshift, inflatable projector screen—all blowing this way and that in the wind—and heard the squeaky sounds of cartoon characters.

There weren’t very many people at this point, but there were noticeably many children.

And their beady eyes were fixed on the inflatable screen.

My Little Pony ლ(ಥ Д ಥ )ლ

The pre-movie, vanity-filled cartoon wasn’t on for too long, or, more accurately, M and I got up to run to the Stop & Shop up the road to use the bathroom, and pick up some snacks, so I missed what was left of that shenanigan. (The beach didn’t have public bathrooms, hence the trip to the grocery store.)

We got back just in time for the start of Guardians of the Galaxy, which I didn’t realize until then was a Marvel comic.

The beach was windy. Sand was kicked up into our faces and into everything we owned. Every fiber of our clothes. Every exposed nook and cranny of our being. Children were well-behaved (and they started leaving with their families at different points in the movie).

And, of course, the movie was a lot of fun. I had a great time, and did laugh heartily here and there throughout the film. It was a little awkward to see the screen warp and bend in the wind, cutting bits of the screen, but it was a nice wind-down activity for a Friday evening. I’ll have to revisit the movie again sometime, on a screen that doesn’t give to the wind.

Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach – off of B 73rd Street
M and RB enjoying the beach before the movie
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