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MOVIE NIGHTS AT BANNERMAN CASTLE

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Adult Ages 12+
$40

Enjoy movie night at Bannerman Castle

What better way to spend the evening that with a cruise to and from Bannerman Island and a movie at the Castle? There is a Bannerman Island tour for the patrons on the first boat departure time, and a Bannerman lecture on the second boat departure time. There is a concession stand on the island that is stocked with water, drinks, snacks, candy, and popcorn for the perfect island movie night.

2022 Showings

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window – Friday June 24, 2022

Afred Hitchcock Rear WindowPhotographer L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies is confined to his small apartment with a broken leg. To pass the time, he watches the goings-on of his motley assortment of neighbors – a frustrated yet fun-loving composer, a middle-aged couple with a small dog, a dancer who seems to enjoy practicing her routines while scantily clad, a pair of reclusive newlyweds, a lonely woman who seems to live in a fantasy world, and a salesman and his invalid wife. One day the wife inexplicably disappears, and the salesman starts doing things that lead Jeff to suspect that he may have murdered her. Unfortunately, he has no proof and no one seems to believe him. Eventually, however, things start falling together in a way that make it look like Jeff might just be right after all. Finally, his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella come up with a plan to catch the killer red-handed. But doing so could put all of their lives in danger.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is one showing of Rear Window when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


The Princess Bride – Friday July 1, 2022

Princess BrideA high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay. A kid (Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook—which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (Cary Elwes). The wedding plans are interrupted, however, by a mysterious pirate, a vengeful Spaniard, and a good-natured giant, in a tale full of swashbuckling, romance, and outrageously hilarious spoofery. Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is one showing of The Princess Bride when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


National Lampoon’s Animal House – Friday July 15, 2022

animal houseCome dressed in your best toga and win a prize!

When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt to pledge the snooty Omega Theta Pi House, but are summarily rejected. Lowering their standards, they try at the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean (John Vernon) has it in for the Deltas. He has put them on “Double Secret Probation” and secretly assigned Omega’s president (James Daughton) the task of having their charter revoked.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is one showing of Animal House. when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


The Big Lebowski – Friday August 5, 2022

a close up of text on a white backgroundJeff `The Dude’ Leboswki is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, who is The Big Lebowski. Which explains why he’s roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak, a Vietnam vet, and Donny, master of stupidity.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is one showing of The Big Lebowsky when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


Madame X – Friday August 19, 2022

a close up of a bookA woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity to save the reputation of her husband and infant son. She wanders the world, trying to forget her heartbreak with the aid of alcohol and unsavory men, eventually returning to the city of her downfall, where she murders a blackmailer who threatens to expose her past. Amazingly, she is represented at her murder trial by her now adult son, who is a public defender. Hoping to continue to protect her son, she refuses to give her real name and is known to the court as the defendant, “Madame X.” Simply put Lana Turner is outstanding in this film and the last 30 minutes of Madame X has Lana Turner performing as only the best actresses could. Lana Turner should have been nominated for an Academy Award. .

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is one showing of The Big Lebowsky when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


Little Shop of Horrors – Friday September 2, 2022

Rick Moranis smiling for the cameraMeek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. There is one showing of The Little Shop of Horrors when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


Young Frankenstein – Friday September 23, 2022

a close up of a manSpoofs are ten a penny these days but Young Frankenstein had so much care and attention put in by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder. It was fresh and innovative. What works is the atmosphere, filmed in Black and White and evoking the sets, location of the Universal 1930’s Frankenstein films. You are easily brought into the atmosphere which gets regularly punctured with jokes, one liners and visual jokes such as the enormous knockers on the door as they arrive at the castle. The cast of Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Terri Garr milk the laughs for all its worth. Gene Hackman is a hoot as the blind hermit which sends the monster scurrying after he offers cigars. Feldman’s Igor is the best and both Kahn and Garr are sensual and sexy. Almost 407years later, it is still mad and funny.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. There is one showing of Young Frankenstein when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


Hunchback of Notre Dame – Friday September 30, 2022

a close up of a personIn 15th-century France, the evil archdeacon of Notre Dame is Claude Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). Under his command is a deformed hunchback, Quasimodo (Charles Laughton), who is instructed to capture the Gypsy Esmeralda (Maureen O’Hara), the object of Frollo’s unrequited lust. Phoebus (Alan Marshal), the man Esmeralda loves, rescues her Phoebus (Alan Marshal), but she is framed for his murder, setting the stage for a gripping confrontation between Frollo and Quasimodo.

The Estuary Steward departs the Beacon Waterfront at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. There is one showing of Hunchback of Notre Dame when it gets dark on Bannerman Island.


Additional Information:

  • No outside food can be brought onto the island for this showing.
  • Bannerman Island books and tee shirts are also available.
  • Movie seats are supplied on the island.
  • There are 72 steps from the dock to the main trail.
  • There are also self-composting restrooms at the top of the stairs.

Please note:

  • ONLY VACCINATED OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST WITHIN 3 DAYS CAN GO TO THIS EVENT. Subject to change due to CDC guidelines.
  • Please sign up for a NYS Excelsior Pass online at https://epass.ny.gov/home. You can install the pass on your cell phone, and you will have to show the pass before you board the Estuary Steward. If you do not have a cell phone, you can sign up on your computer and print out your pass. The NYS Excelsior Pass is a safe way to show that you have been vaccinated or that you had a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you forget to bring your Excelsior Pass, you will not be able to go on the boat to the event and you will not be able to reschedule or receive a refund for the event since we cannot sell your ticket.

What to bring:

Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress for the appropriate weather conditions. Your confirmation email is also your ticket for the movie.