Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Movies Return to Downtown Oyster Bay, The Great Gatsby, 3/11, 7:30pm

Movie goers came out in droves to see the screening of the classic film "Sabrina" on Friday, February 11. This was not just any ordinary theater. The offices of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association at 17 Audrey Avenue were transformed into a theater. It was the first movie screening in Oyster Bay since at least the 1970s when the Lyric Theater, also on Audrey Avenue, was closed.

Photo from the first Oyster Flix screening

Aromatic accents from the old fashioned popcorn maker on loan from Gooseberry Grove helped create a cozy environment for the silver screen buffs. The movie was the first in the OBMSA’s "Oyster Flix" series of classic movies filmed on or about Long Island.

The series continues on Friday, March 11th with our second movie "The Great Gatsby." A special treat is planned for that evening: Long Island resident Eve Griffin is the wife of the late Robert Griffon. He was the prop master for many famous movies, including "The Great Gatsby"! Mrs. Griffon has graciously offered to present a little talk before the movie is shown on the 11th. She will relate fascinating true stories about her and her husband's time in Newport with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston, while "The Great Gatsby" was being filmed. She will even display actual props from the movie, that viewers can then have fun looking for while they watch the film!

At the conclusion of the movie, there will again be a "movie buff" speaker to spark discussion about the film. The evening is called for 7:30 p.m., but come earlier to meet your fellow movie lovers, have a drink with your popcorn, and get a good seat!

RSVP for "The Great Gatsby" on Facebook today (and see who else is coming)!

The third movie in the Oyster Flix series will be Friday, April 8th, when "North by Northwest" will be shown.

This film series is one of the initiatives of OBMSA’s Promotion Committee. The goal of this committee is to “create and support activities and events to generate excitement, local pride, and commerce in the historic downtown. Other Promotion initiatives include the "Oyster Bay Farmers’ Market" and "Oyster Bay Sundown" providing free outdoor concerts every First Thursday from June to September.

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association is dedicated to enhancing and promoting an attractive and thriving downtown, while maintaining its historic integrity. OBMSA is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit using the national Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization. For more information or to become a member please visit or call (516) 922-6982.

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