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Films now flicker in Johnson Park

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs. The feeling of a drive-in movie will be in full effect both this week and next, as CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks will show two animated motion pictures on a 30-foot inflatable screen at the amphitheater at Johnson Park.

The initial outdoor movie night with CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks was scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, with a dusk showing of “Wreck-it Ralph,” in which video-game characters take over an arcade at night. In case of rain, the movie would roll on Thursday, July 25.

‘Madagascar 3’ Tuesday

Next week, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will be screened at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, with a rain date of Aug. 1. Viewers should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

“We’ve got two great movies,” said CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks owner Timothy Bennett, whose territory ownership includes Central, Northern and Western New York. “These are movies every resident of Liverpool will love, no matter their age. These shows are for families. It’s for moms and dads and kids and aunts and uncles and grandparents.”

And, like the several other events in the park this summer, the movies are free. Candy, popcorn and drinks will be available for sale.

FunFlicks, a nationwide outdoor theater-rental service, has inflatable movie screens that range in sizes from eight feet to 55 feet in high definition. FunFlicks often entertain at birthday parties, fundraisers, video gaming events and are used at display booths at vendor expos. Packages start as low as $299.

During the NCAA’s Final Four in March, CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks partnered with Destiny USA and Verizon and used his company’s 21-foot inflatable screens to show the tournament telecasts in Destiny’s new canyon area as hundreds of SU fans cheered on the Orange.

CNY Spine sponsor

Dr. Martin Schaeffer had friends and family over for a movie night with FunFlicks last month, and instantly fell in love with it. “He wanted to share the experience with the citizens of Liverpool and surrounding areas,” Bennett said, “so his practice [CNY Spine and Pain Medicine, LLC, 7449 Morgan Road] is sponsoring the Johnson Park screenings.”

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