The SUNY Plaza outdoor movie series kicks off tonight

Free screenings of popular films will be held on first Fridays from May through October at SUNY Plaza in downtown Albany, starting tonight with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Albany, NY – The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and the State University of New York (SUNY) are proud to present the return of the Bites Camera Action free summer movie series, debuting tonight, May 6 , featuring a screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The series will continue monthly through October in conjunction with Albany’s 1st Friday events on the lawn of SUNY Plaza, located at State Street and Broadway in downtown Albany. Films will start at dusk or around 8:30 p.m.; the lawn opens for seating at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees of tonight’s screening can enter to win great prizes, including a four-pack of tickets to tomorrow’s Albany Symphony “Music of John Williams” concert at the Palace Theater, a $50 Downtown Albany gift card and a variety of Star Wars merchandise.

Ice cream will be available on-site in cocktail and kid-friendly flavors from downtown company The Boozy Moo! Attendees are also encouraged to support nearby restaurants for “Bites” – a flyer with take-out and delivery information for restaurants open during event hours will be provided to attendees each week.

With film projection equipment generously donated for the series by Christ’s Church Albany and the Albany Police Department, Bites Camera Action will transform the lawn of SUNY Plaza into an outdoor movie theater. A collection of popular films, including both classic favorites and Oscar-winning new releases, will be screened as part of the series. This year’s selections were chosen by public vote from suggestions submitted through the Downtown Albany BID’s social media channels.

The upcoming program is as follows:
June 3: Spider-Man: No Coming Home (Presented in conjunction with Serve Albany’s “Movies Under the Stars” series)
July, 1st: Back to the future
5 August : space jam (1996)
September 2: West Side Story (2021)
October 7: Encanto

All projections are weather dependent; inclement weather updates will be made through the downtown Albany BID social media channels, as well as on

Downtown Albany BID Executive Director Georgette Steffens said: “We are thrilled to bring the Bites Camera Action film series back to this beautiful location as part of the citywide First Friday initiative. This collaboration with our partners at SUNY, Christ’s Church and the City of Albany allows us to deliver a wonderfully unique cinematic atmosphere that showcases the incredible history and architecture of downtown. We encourage attendees to take advantage of 1st Friday events at nearby venues prior to screenings and pair these films with great meals from local businesses.

Acting SUNY Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said: “SUNY System Administration is thrilled to once again partner with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District for Bites Camera Action. This free movie series is a way for community members to engage with each other outside of the historic H. Carl McCall SUNY Building. We thank the Downtown Albany BID for hosting this summer series and always thinking of our local community first.

The senior pastor of the Church of Christ in Albany, Jonathan Hentrich, said: “It’s so good when neighbors can get together for fun activities!” We love Albany and are thrilled to be part of this neighborhood event! »

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said: “It’s wonderful to have the free Bites Camera Action outdoor movie series back in downtown Albany this summer. Thank you Downtown BID, Albany Police Department, Christ’s Church Albany, and SUNY for making it safe to gather and enjoy this summertime tradition. Complete the evening by picking up dinner from one of the great restaurants downtown and bringing it to the movie!”

Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. in street spaces. Find more details on

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to view the film, as these items will not be provided by the event organizers.

The Bites Camera Action Series is presented by Downtown Albany BID and SUNY, with support from partner organizations like the City of Albany, Christ’s Church, the Palace Theater and ParkAlbany.

Find more information about Bites Camera Action at

Andrea G. Henderson