Film Screening to Save Coney Island

We had some pretty chilly temperatures this week and don’t you wish it was still summer? If it was still summer, you would probably be heading out to Coney Island on this Friday night for some fireworks, fun, and rides at Astroland Park (nice to see the website is still up) in Coney Island. But, it’s cold outside, Coney Island is closed for the season, Astroland is closed forever, and very little is left of the greatness that was once the greatest amusement park in the world.

Take heart, though, because on this, the Friday before Thanksgiving Thursday, you can still get a little fix of Coney Island fun – but, this time with a little seriousness added in the mix.

Documentary filmmaker, Peter LiPera, presents his film Save Coney Island, The Movie, at the Big Apple Film Festival tonight at 8:15 p.m.

Head on out to the famous Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan and see what happens when Amos Wengler, notorious Coney Island-lover, performer, and Polar Bear Club member, gets inspired to write a song about his fast-fading memories. Amos is not afraid to take a weekly swim in the Coney Island winter waters and he’s not afraid to challenge Thor Equities, the real estate developers threatening to rid his beloved amusement park of its last bit of charm.

So, step right up, get your tickets, and come to Coney Island…I mean, come see a film about Coney Island.

Save Coney Island – The Movie
Filmmaker: Peter LiPera
Friday, November 21, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street (at Laight st)
New York, NY 10013

Screening cost: Program 11: $20
Ticket cost includes admission to the opening and closing night parties and are available online at the Big Apple Film Festival website or at the door.
Price includes admission to opening & closing night parties


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