‘Summer Movies in Seward Park’ Launches Tonight with ‘Wizard of Oz’

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 at 10:17 am by
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In a further effort to heighten its citywide profile, the Seward Park Conservancy recently announced a movies-in-the-park program for the remainder of summer. “Summer Movies in Seward Park,” as it’s called, kicks off tonight with a screening of The Wizard of Oz.

The nascent film series is presented in conjunction with the Lower East Side’s newest movie house, Metrograph, and the Henry Street Settlement. Admission is free, as is the popcorn. Bring your own blankets and/or chairs.

The second screening this summer is another children’s choice; Wreck it Ralph will hit the park on August 16.

The Seward Park Conservancy formed in October 2014 with the goal of rehabilitation, raising awareness, and eliminating any semblance of its needle park past. After all, this was the first permanent, municipally-built playground in the United States, yet Seward Park receives little love outside the history books. Some of its goals include turning on Schiff Fountain, increasing safety in playground equipment, and eliminating the terrible rodent problem. One of their more high profile successes was the reopening last summer of the gates on the Essex Street front during park hours.

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