Palace Theater Announces Free Summer Movie Series for Kids and Families Summer in the City Serves Thousands of People in Surrounding Neighborhoods Each Year | The scene

Palace Theater announces Summer in the City free summer movie series for children and families serves thousands of people in surrounding neighborhoods each year

ALBANY – The Palace Theater’s Summer in the City film series, presented by SEFCU, will once again offer eight free, family-friendly films to children and families in neighborhoods around the Palace in downtown Albany, with targeted outreach to low-income and underserved families in the City. The film series offers children the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the historic Palace Theatre, while providing fun, safe and positive opportunities to engage in the arts. For this series, the theater opens one hour before show time for fun and educational activities.

Summer in the City is one of many free and inexpensive arts and education programs offered by the Palace that positively impacts local children and families each year.

“We would like to thank SEFCU once again for their continued support of the Palace Theater and their dedication to partnering with us year after year to ensure that Summer in the City is here to provide free entertainment for our local children and families. . Since the launch of this program in 2015, more than 35,000 people have attended a free summer film at the Palais. It’s 35,000 people sheltered from the heat having fun with their friends and families in a theater rich in local history. It’s inspiring to see local organizations volunteering their time and money to help us bring this series to life. Summer In The City wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of SEFCU, Price Chopper/Market 32, National Grid, Whitney Young Health Center, Stewart’s Shops and all the volunteers and community partners who join us here every week. Thanks to their unwavering dedication to the community, we are able to offer this and so many more

programs as part of our community engagement initiative and make a real difference in children’s lives. – Kevin Johnson, Executive Director – Palace Performing Arts Center

“SEFCU is honored to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City family film series. Bringing kids and families together in the historic downtown Albany theater to enjoy the magic of the movies has become an annual summer tradition that we’ve proudly supported since 2016,” said Michael Castellana, President and CEO. management of SEFCU. “This year there is another fantastic line-up of family films guaranteed to delight, entertain and inspire our youngsters. I hope everyone is making memories at the movies this summer.

“As Chairman of the Board of the Palace Theatre, I am proud that we are once again able to present the Summer in the City free film series. Since 2015, the Palace has provided respite from the summer heat for families in the Capital Region with great movies, and it’s one of the important ways we fulfill our mission to provide affordable entertainment to underserved families in our community. Thank you once again to all the sponsors of this year’s series for their generous support. Without them, Summer in the City wouldn’t be possible. So come all to the Palace and have fun as a family!” – Stephen Baboulis, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Palace Performing Arts Center

“National Grid is proud to have built relationships to provide opportunities for families in the neighborhoods where we live, work and play,” said Laurie Poltynski, Regional Director of National Grid. “The Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City series is a natural fit for us to strengthen our ties with communities in the Capital Region. Most importantly, it’s a fun way for families to spend time together and beat the heat.

For each show, doors open at noon with activities offered by SEFCU, Whitney Young Health Center and local partner organizations. Movies start at 1 p.m. Free popcorn is provided for all children 12 and under. For the finale of Summer in the City on Tuesday August 30 – immediately after the screening of Encanto – the Palace will host a special Ice Cream Social, with activities, giveaways and free ice cream courtesy of Stewart’s Shops. The Ice Cream Social is open to the public.


For all events, doors open at noon for activities; movies start at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 12 Raya and the Last Dragon

Tuesday, July 26 Ron got it wrong

Tuesday, August 2 Clifford the Big Red Dog

Tuesday, August 9 Trolls World Tour

Tuesday, August 16 Space Jam: A New Legacy

Complimentary tickets are available in advance at the Palace Theater Box Office at 19 Clinton Ave. during normal business hours or booked online at Individual groups, daycares and summer camps wishing to reserve a block of tickets can call 518.465.3335, ext. 111 or email [email protected] For more information, call 518.465.4663 or visit

The Palace has been the iconic landmark of downtown Albany for eight decades, attracting the biggest names in entertainment to the Capital Region. The history and programming of the Palace is a unique and often untold story with roots dating back to the period of the Great Depression. The Palace Theatre, built in 1931, originally presented vaudeville acts, feature films and became a civic auditorium before closing in 1969. The theater retains its original beauty and design and is a historical landmark in the city of Albany. The Palace Performing Arts Center was established in 1984 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1989, created to operate the Palace Theatre. The Palace’s mission is to bring world-class arts and entertainment to the New York Capital Region, significantly enhancing the region’s cultural and economic development. Our mission is achieved through grassroots programming and community initiatives that include performing arts entertainment, free arts education, family shows, free summer movies and a series of classic movies. The Palace has a significant economic footprint with over $3.5 million in ticket sales and 180,000 patrons.

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Andrea G. Henderson