It’s not the first time that The Cortland pub in Bay Shore has taken over its neighbor for entertainment’s sake, but -- as usual for this bar known for its singular parties -- the event it’s throwing is both unique and well-equipped with tasty suds.
Since the spring, The Cortland has hosted movie screenings at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – not just because the YMCA has a big screen for such purposes, but also due to the fact that the two venues share an alley (The Boulton is located at 37 W. Main Street in Bay Shore, The Cortland at No. 27), making travel from one to the other as easy as about taking 12 footsteps.
The first cinematic co-event was a May showing of the 1985 classic “The Goonies;" the second an August presentation of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid.” The ‘80s movie theme is obvious, but the two events also shared a secondary trait: both offered the Fire Island Brewing Company’s seasonal “Summer Blond Ale” -- a craft beer produced on LI -- for purchase, as well as the also-local Blue Point Brewing Company’s “Toasted Lager” brew. Customers in attendance at these gatherings were able to buy the libations at the theater while viewing the movies.
For the Oct. 2 screening, the theme remains intact, as the evening’s film is the 1985 sci-fi comedy “Back To The Future,” starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Spawning two sequels, the film was 1985’s highest-grossing movie (close to $400 million worldwide) and is today considered an iconic part of American film history.
Needless to say, it’s easy to expect that there will be interest to see such a popular flick on a big screen -- but if any extra motivation is required, keep in mind that for this special occasion, The Cortland will be offering a different craft beverage option -- swapping out the warm-weather Summer Blond Ale for the Great South Bay Brewery's Blood Orange Pale Ale, which will be sold by the bottle (the Blue Point’s Toasted Lager will also be available).
Tickets are available at the box office of the Boulton Center for $8 (or online at boultoncenter.org). For more information, check the Boulton website, or find The Cortland on Facebook at facebook.com/thecortland. For ages 21 and over; the movie starts at 7 p.m.
YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts: 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-1101