St. George Theatre’s ‘Better on the Big Screen’ Classic Film Series to Feature Celebrity Appearances
STATEN ISLAND, NY – There will be celebrities at the St. George Theater.
That’s because the theater is hosting its “Better on the Big Screen” classic movie series. Events include Jaws with Carl Gottlieb, A Christmas Story with Scott Schwartz, The French Connection with Tony Lo Bianco, Dirty Dancing with Franke Previte, and more.
“We are very excited to continue our series of classic movies on the big screen at the St. George Theater and to welcome celebrity appearances that will create a more holistic experience for our guests,” said Doreen Cugno, President, Chief Executive Officer. and Co-Founder of the non-profit St. George Theater.
“Many Staten Islanders have fond memories of seeing movies here at the St. George Theater, and with the help of our sponsors, Williams Eye Works and Richmond University Medical Center, we are very proud to continue the original tradition of theater.”
Now in its third year, the 2022 “Better on the Big Screen” series will bring iconic films to the theater’s “big screen” in the year reminiscent of the heyday of the historic old movie palace, which opened its doors in 1929.
Tickets to attend film screenings range from $15 to $25 each ($5 off for St. George Theater members). For tickets and more information, click here: https://stgeorgetheatre.com/classic-movie-series/Individual
“We at Williams Eye Works are proud to partner again with St. George Theater for the ‘Better on the Big Screen’ film series,” said Chris, Ryan and John Williams of Williams Eye Works. “We consider the St. George Theater a pillar of the Staten Island community that everyone should visit more often, and we hope you enjoy the movies!”
The 2022 “Better on the Big Screen” series will showcase classic films, sing-alongs and cult favorites while spotlighting local artists and hosting special appearances from actors, writers, celebrities and more during certain screenings.
“We are once again proud to be a sponsor of the classic film series and thrilled to have the series return,” said RUMC President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE. “What better way to relieve the stress and anxiety we’ve all experienced than an escape to the movies, especially to see some of Hollywood’s classics back on the big screen, where they really belong. Great cinema in the frame historic St. George Theatre, what more could you ask for?
The St. George Theater opened on December 4, 1929 with the premiere of the film “So This is College” starring Robert Montgomery. In its heyday, the theater was the largest of all Staten Island movie theaters and screened thousands of first-run movies through 1977.
Film sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses, including tickets, name recognition, and more. For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Vincent Innocente at [email protected] or 718-442-2900 x 505.
THE 2022 “BETTER ON THE BIG SCREEN” CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES:
1. Rocky (1976) – Friday, February 25 at 7 p.m.; Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
2. 80th Anniversary Screening “A Great Day for the Irish” – Saturday, March 19 at 3 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.)Celebrating Irish American culture with a special event featuring live music by Jimmy Farrell, bagpipe music, raffles, refreshments and a performance by Mrs. Rosemary before the movieSponsored by the Staten Island Irish Cultural Center
3. Casablanca (1942) – Sunday March 27 at 3 p.m.. The Oscars Pre-Party and 80th Anniversary Screening of the Oscar Ballots for the 2022 Oscars will be distributed to be filled, and the winner will receive season passes for two (2) for the remainder of the 2022 Edition “Better on the Big Screen” Classic Movie Series! Sponsored by Salmon Real Estate
4. The French Connection (1971) — Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m. Special appearance by actor Tony Lo Bianco (Salvatore “Sal” Boca) for a post-movie Q&A and meet and greet in the lobby. Sponsored by Biond Financial
5. Dirty Dancing (1987) 35th Anniversary Sing-A-Long – Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by WABC radio personality Vinnie Medugno and featuring a special appearance by Academy Award-winning songwriter Franke Previte who will bring his Oscar statue he won for “I’ve Had (The Time of My Life)” for a post-movie meet and greet in the lobby. Franke will allow members of the public to hold his Oscar in a memorable photo shoot. Sponsored by Cangiano Estates Ltd
6. Jaws (1975) — Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Special appearance by co-writer Carl Gottlieb for a post-movie Q&A and meet-and-greet in the lobby. Sponsored by O’Connor Law Firm
7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) — Sunday, October 2 at 6 p.m.
8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) — Friday, October 28 at 9:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets include a prop bag and The Flesh Junkies pre-movie concert
9. A Christmas Story (1983)— Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Special appearance by actor Scott Schwartz (Flick) for a post-movie Q&A and meet and greet in the lobby. Sponsored by Rampulla & Newstad LLP
ten. Toy Story (1995) – Wednesday, December 28 at 3 p.m.