Just before a film leaves the theatre, the movie lovers at Empire's Columbia Park Cinemas throw it a fitting farewell party. Each week, on what they appropriately dub Last Chance Thursday, the cinema hosts a special for a film coming to the end of its run. Of course, there's plenty of cinema magic on display every day of the week. The cinema showcases first-run movies in all of its stadium-style theaters, and ongoing renovations mean movie goers follow the plot in comfort. For example, Empire's Columbia Park Cinemas plans on adding reclining seats in the near future.
The first event held in Symphony Space was a signal of the venue's ambitions and its creative approach to programming. In 1978, Allan Miller and Selected Shorts public-radio host Isaiah Sheffer reopened the formerly decaying market-turned-skating-rink-turned-theater to the public with 12 straight hours of Bach, including a night's-end chorus of hundreds of amateur and professional voices singing the composer's Mass in B Minor. Today, Symphony Space continues to welcome a diverse community from the neighborhood and beyond for performances from established and emerging artists.
Since 1984, the Off-Broadway theater company Urban Stages has produced over 70 world-premieres, scored two Drama Desk awards, an Obie nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and nurtured playwright Eisa Davis towards a Pulitzer Prize nomination. These achievements all spring from a commitment to discovering writers from diverse backgrounds and mounting work that reflects social issues of the modern world, from Chungmi Kim?s Comfort Women to the Gertrude Stein/Alice B. Toklas musical 27 Rue de Fleurus.
At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.
Central Park Conservancy offers free and ticketed tours of the park’s myriad landmarks. The free Heart of the Park tour revolves around highlights such as Bethesda Terrace and Strawberry Fields. The West Side Stories tour, which requires a fee, explores Central Park’s lesser-known gems like hidden gardens and secluded bridges.
Equipped with comfy red carpet recliners and an online reservation system, Kerasotes ShowPlace in Secaucus puts an end to the days of fidgeting in uncomfortable seats and camping out for the best view. The 14 renovated theaters feature Dolby Surround 7.1 digital sound and high-frame-rate projectors, ensuring that every trip to the movies feels as real as watching a dog plan and execute a mission to Mars possibly can. All patrons who attend a movie on Tuesdays receive free popcorn.