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Through a unique Bronx and lower Westchester partnership, the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, the Picture House in Pelham, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, at 895 Shore Road, with generous support from Senator Jeff Klein, will host a free outdoor film for one night only on its historic grounds in Pelham Bay Park. 

Although the exact title of the film cannot be disclosed, due to legal issues, Bartow-Pell executives believe the event to be an out of this world experience and expect movie buffs to phone home to their loved ones to clear their calendars for Saturday, September 6, at 8 p.m. 

“Everyone is getting back to school, but the warm weather reminds all of the summer that has just past and no one wants to say good-bye to summer,” explained Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum executive director Clarissa Cylich. 

“Now you can enjoy the feel of summer with a Free outdoor movie on our front lawn,” Cylich added.

The idea for the movie night came from last year’s film series in Pelham Bay Park that saw the New York City Parks Department present, from July until September a series of classic films, including The Wizard of Oz, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Tuskegee Airmen, Rudy, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Citizen Kane. 

“We reached out to Parks and asked them when they were going to do this wonderful event again,” said Cylich.

“We want to have it here.”

Alas, another movie series was not to be, and Cylich turned to Pelham’s Picture House in lower Westchester County for help.

“Through a collaborative, we were offering the space and we asked if the Picture House could provide the movie would the Parks Department provide the screen,” continued Cylich. 

Through Klein’s help, that request became a reality. 

“The free Outdoor Movie will take place under a new moon,” said Cylich.

“Prepare to pack a picnic, snack on free popcorn and utilize free lawn chairs for a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

For further information and travel directions, call (718) 885-1461. 

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