QUEENS — A popular summertime series of free movies is returning to Jamaica parks starting this Friday with a lineup including classic monster flicks such as “King Kong” (1933), as well as “Back to the Future” and “Godzilla.”
Free movie screenings, a recent summer tradition in Jamaica, are organized by A Better Jamaica, a local nonprofit that promotes cultural events in the neighborhood.
The “Classic Film Fridays” series, screened at Rufus King Park, features movies based on a particular theme. In the past, residents had a chance to watch series of James Bond movies, romantic films and classic song and dance movies, according to founder Greg Mays.
This summer's theme is monsters and will include “Frankenstein” (1931), “King Kong” (1933), "Godzilla" (1954), "Alien" (1979) and "The Thing" (1982).
Also offered will be "Family Movies in the Park," which features films appropriate for children, screened in several neighborhood spots, including Baisley Pond, St. Albans, Cambria and Brookville parks.
This summer, the lineup will include “Monsters,” “Star Trek,” “Back to the Future” and “Cool Runnings.”
Mays said that he came up with the idea in 2006, when he went to see “The Wizard of Oz” in Forest Park.
“I had a great time and I asked myself, 'Why do I have to leave my neighborhood for these kind of activities?'” he said.
All events are free and movie lovers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and snacks, Mays said.
The organizers will provide a limited number of chairs during events held at Rufus King Park.