Bites Camera Action 2018

Times Union Center exterior video boards 2018-March

The Bites Camera Action series of free outdoor movies in downtown Albany returns in July. And there are a few changes this time around.

The biggest change is that the series, organized by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, will be showing movies on the giant LED video boards outside the Times Union Center. (It was in Tricentennial Park in previous years.)

South Pearl Street will be closed to cars from Beaver Street to Hudson Ave. The street space will be used for movie viewers, along with games like corn hole. Nearby restaurants will be open, and the TU Center concessions will also be selling food.

Also: The YouthFX program will be showing its award-winning shorts during the half hour leading up to the screening of the featured films.

And: There will be free parking in the TU Center garage and the nearby Green-Hudson garage.

Here's the schedule...

Schedule

South Pearl will close at 6:30 pm. The YouthFX shorts start at 7 pm. The feature films plays at 7:30 pm.

July 9: Invincible
The film is about Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 1970s. Albany Empire co-owner Dick Vermeil was the Eagles coach then. Players from the arena league football team will be at the screening for a meet-and-greet.

July 16: The Goonies

July 23: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

July 30: Hidden Figures

August 6: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

August 13: Guardians of the Galaxy

Rain dates: August 20, August 27.

From the BID website: "No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted at the event. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome under the discretion of Bites Camera Action staff. Please bring a lawn chair, as seating will not be provided."

Comments

Finally, a good use for those huge, overly bright screens. They should play 80s music videos on them all the time, or experimental animation, or word art or something interesting instead of the same ads over and over.

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