This is what 30 looks like to a Gen Xer. "The Goonies," the '80s pop culture, popcorn-movie phenomenon that may not have defined a generation but sure entertained it, is getting a big-screen showing at Bay Shore's YMCA Boulton Center Aug. 19 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie's initial release in 1985.
"The Goonies" is just one of several blockbusters from the past that have been popping up regularly on Long Island big screens as part of film series at performing arts centers and multiplexes that are eager to please audiences who feel nostalgic for (fill in the decade) or a favorite movie.
"We thought it would be a lot of fun to show films that we loved growing up, and are really special to us, on a big screen, knowing that there wasn't a lot of opportunity to see those films in a theater," says Michele Rizzo-Berg, 39, of Bellport, director of the YMCA Boulton Center. The screenings, such as last month's sold-out 40th anniversary "Jaws" event, have been especially popular with the 30-something crowd as well as their preteen kids, says Rizzo-Berg.
"The Goonies," which features Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and other stars-to-be as young treasure hunters battling buffoonish baddies, has become a "cultural touchpoint" for Long Islanders in their 20s and 30s who grew up watching it on television, says Bobby Gulinello, 34. "It's a classic adventure movie that involves pirates and fighting and treasures, monsters and car chases and funny lines," says Gulinello, owner of The Cortland, a Bay Shore craft beer pub that is co-sponsoring the screening.
Mike Rizzo, 36, a barber who lives in Farmingville, says he'll be in the audience with props resembling those in the movie, including a doubloon. "The Goonies" brings him "back to that time when everything was pure, good and carefree. It's an excitement level you don't get when it's on TV," he says.
MORE CLASSICS TO SEE
If the one musical you love is "Grease," you can catch a special sing-along edition of the 1978 musical as part of Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events' continuing classic movie series at theaters in Farmingdale, Stony Brook and Holtsville Sunday, Aug. 16, and Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Last year, Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts also began its monthly Movie Nights series. Up next, on Friday, Aug. 21, is a perfect date-night double feature: "The Way We Were" (1973), starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, and the 1987 comedy "Moonstruck" with Oscar winner Cher and Nicolas Cage.
And did you evah see "High Society" on the big screen? The 1956 musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story" stars a powerhouse cast, including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and, in her last screen role, the future princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. The movie is being revived Aug. 26 at the 425-seat Landmark on Main Street theater in Port Washington as part of the free Afternoon T.E.A. (Theater Entertainment and Arts) series.
"Tremendous musical and dancing performances" make "High Society" one of those classic movies that cross generational barriers, says Landmark's executive director, Laura Mogul. "They are movies my parents introduced me to and that I introduced to my kids."
Now coming to a theater near you over the next two weeks are several cinematic classics. Here's where to see them.
THE MOVIE "Grease" Sing-A-Long
WHEN | WHERE 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, and Aug. 19, Farmingdale Multiplex Cinema, 1001 Broadhollow Rd.; Island 16 Cinema De Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville; AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Hwy.
INFO $12.50-$13.50; fathomevents.com
THE MOVIE "The Goonies"
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m., Aug. 19, YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore
INFO $8; 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org
THE MOVIES "The Way We Were" and "Moonstruck"
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St.
INFO $10; 631-724-3700, smithtownpac.org
THE MOVIE "High Society"
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Aug. 26, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington
INFO Free; 516-767-1384, landmarkonmainstreet.org