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Summer Movie Series Returns to Tompkins Square Park

By Lisha Arino | July 17, 2014 1:52pm
 Free Thursday night movie screenings returned to Tompkins Square Park.
Free Thursday night movie screenings returned to Tompkins Square Park.
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EAST VILLAGE — A free weekly movie series has returned to Tompkins Square Park.

Films in Tompkins, now in its fifth year, launched Thursday night near the park's East Seventh Street entrances and will run through mid-August, said Darin Rubell, a local restaurateur who organizes the screenings each year.

“I just think we have a really strong movie list,” he said of this year’s lineup, which includes classics like “Fight Club” and “Midnight Cowboy.”

The movies started slightly later in the summer than usual because of a permitting delay, Rubell noted, but the series will still show about the same number of films as in previous years.

The screenings are sponsored by his restaurants — Boulton and Watt and Ella on Avenue A, and 983 in Bushwick — as well as HOWLl! Arts Inc. and Miss Lily’s 7A Café, a Jamaica-themed eatery that opened in May.

Rubell said he organizes the movies each summer to help bring the community together.

“I do this for the love of the neighborhood,” he said.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and local bands and DJs will perform from 7 to 7:45 p.m. before the films start at sundown. If rain forces organizers to cancel films, they will be shown on Thursdays later in August. 

This is the schedule for the remaining movies:

July 24: “Fight Club”

July 31: “The Harder They Come”

Aug. 7: “Labyrinth”

Aug. 14: “Midnight Cowboy”