Chill Out to Cool Films in Mashashimuet Park

A scene from the 1979 film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" with P.J. Soles and The Ramones.

Summer in Sag Harbor means being outdoors, especially this year. So the Sag Harbor Cinema (SHC) is partnering with Mashashimuet Park to present the Sag Harbor Outdoor Cinema, unspooling classics and recent standouts every Friday at sunset, all summer long.

“This summer of all summers, people want a chance to be together,” notes SHC Executive Director Jamie Hook. “The Sag Harbor Outdoor Cinema offers movie lovers that chance, under the stars, with some of the greatest films ever made.”

The series gets underway in style on Friday, June 25, with a special screening of Roger Corman’s 1979 cult classic, “Rock N Roll High School,” featuring the Ramones. The series runs weekly and concludes in July with a first — a Spanish language co-presentation with OLA of Eastern Long Island of “Spider Man: Un Nuevo Universo” (English title, “Spider Man: Into the Universe”), with subtitles in English. In between, play ball with Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal in the 1976 classic, “The Bad News Bears,” jump 15 school buses with Andy Samberg in “Hot Rod,” go undercover as a bovine spy in “Top Secret,” and scour the world to rescue a SuperPig in “Okja.”

“Mashashimuet Park is pleased to host this event in conjunction with the Sag Harbor Cinema,” says park board president, Gregg Schiavoni. “Being dedicated to the youth and the people of Sag Harbor, the park is here to provide healthy and wholesome recreation for all to enjoy. We think watching the Ramones take over a school, Coach Buttermaker teach the Bears baseball, or Spiderman in Spanish all count towards bringing our community together for an evening of fun.”

Events get underway at sunset and films begin at dusk. Advance tickets and passes are available online. Kids 12 and under are free. Picnicking is encouraged and parking is available onsite.

The Sag Harbor Outdoor Cinema Schedule

“Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” poster.

June 25 (Sunset: 8:25 p.m.; Dusk: 9 p.m.

“Rock N Roll High School” (PG)

School’s out forever with this special screening of Roger Corman’s 1979 cult classic, featuring the Ramones. When Vince Lombardi High Schools’ tyrannical Principal Togar (Warhol superstar Mary Woronov) thwarts Student Body leader Riff Randall’s plans to meet heartthrob Joey Ramone, Riff takes her revenge by staging the ultimate rock-in occupation of the school.

Allan Arkush, 1979, 93 Min. Ages 12 and up

“Bad News Bears” poster.

July 2 (Sunset 8:21 p.m.; Dusk 8:58  p.m.)

“The Bad News Bears” (PG-13)

Academy Award winners Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal anchor this classic 1976 comedy about the world’s worst little league team, who’s gender-bending pitcher might just save them.  Gleefully inappropriate, THE BAD NEWS BEARS features kids fighting, cursing, and spraying one another with victory beer in a film of surprising depth.
Michael Ritchie, 1976, 102 Minutes. Ages 10 and up. 


“Hot Rod” poster.

July 9 (Sunset 8:22 p.m.; Dusk 8:55 p.m.)

“Hot Rod” (PG-13)

Andy Samberg’s criminally underrated film concerns a suicidally inept amateur stuntman Rod Kimble preparing for the jump of his life. Featuring a who’s who of comic talent, including Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and the luminous Sissy Spacek, “Hot Rod” is a cinematic ode to the era of big jumps and cheap bikes, summertime and slapstick.

Akiva Shaeffer, 2016,  88 Min. Ages 12 and up.

“Top Secret” poster.

July 16 (Sunset 8:18 p.m.; Dusk 8:51 p.m.)

“Top Secret” (PG)

For the follow-up to their 1980 smash hit, “Airplane!” David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams came up with this parody of spy films of the Cold War era, shot through with a love for classic Hollywood cinema. Val Kilmer makes his big screen debut in the movie that “Weird Al” Yankovic calls his all-time favorite.

Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker, 1984, 93 min. Ages 10 and up. 

“Okja” poster.

July 23 (Sunset @ 8:13 p.m.; Dusk 8:42 p.m.)

“Okja” (Unrated)

Before his worldwide smash “Parasite,” Korean Director Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” offered early evidence of genius at work. A spiraling, globe-trotting tale of one young girl’s love for her SuperPig, the film boasts a smorgasbord of acting talent, including Jake Gyllenhall, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yuen. But it is the searing, elemental performance of young Korean actress Ahn Seo-Hyun that anchors this action packed, deeply moving tale of one young girl against the capitalist machine.

Bong Joon-Ho, 2017, 120 Min. Ages 10 and up

“Spider Man: Un Nuevo Universo” poster.

July 30 (Sunset @ 8:06; Dusk @ 8:37)

SHC and OLA of Eastern Long Island present: 

“Spider Man: Un Nuevo Universo” (PG)

En español, con subtítulos en inglés

Una de las películas animadas más aclamadas por la crítica de la última década, “Spider Man: Un Nuevo Universo” cuenta la historia de Miles Morales, un niño Nuyoricano que inesperadamente se convierte en Spiderman, solo para descubrir que es uno de los muchos Spiderman que abundan en múltiples universos.

Bob Persichetti, 2018, 116 minutos. 8 años en adelante.

(SPIDER MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE  In Spanish, w/English Subtitles

One of the most critically acclaimed animated films of the past decade, SPIDER MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE tells the story of Miles Morales, a Nuyorican kid who unexpectedly becomes Spiderman, only to discover that he is one of many Spidermen abounding in multiple universes.

Bob Persichetti, 2018, 116 minutes. Ages  8 and up.)