Although his latest major role before a camera was his performance during the 12th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” for many, actor Ralph Macchio will always be the hero of the 1984 classic film “The Karate Kid.”
Macchio has appeared in other memorable hits -- such as “My Cousin Vinny” (1992) and “The Outsiders” (1983) -- but looking back at the career of the Huntington native, it’s hard to compare the cultural impact of any of his other roles to that of his three cinematic appearances as Daniel LaRusso (in "Karate Kid" 1,2 and 3) -- a character who continually rose from underdog to victor via martial arts training and a never-say-die credo.
However, three decades have passed since those days of “wax on, wax off,” one of the karate instructions from the Kid's coach, Mr. Miyagi, (the late Pat Morita) -- so if you would like a big-screen refresher of why the original “Kid” was such a landmark movie, The Cortland in Bay Shore, 27 W. Main St., (631-206-2220) would like to offer a refresher course -- with refreshments, of course.
This is the second such event the offbeat Bay Shore pub has put together (with the first being a showing last May of the 1985 film “The Goonies”), and, as before, the screening takes place next door at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $8, and tickets can be purchased at The Cortland, the Boulton box office or online at boultoncenter.org.
“The Karate Kid” is rated PG, but, as beer will be served, the age of admission is for 21 and older -- with all attending able to buy locally created craft beer selections at the Boulton -- including the Blue Point Brewing Co.’s Toasted Lager and the Fire Island Brewing Co.’s seasonal Summer Blond Ale.
YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-1101