June 13

Palace Theatre Announces Summer In The City Free Movie Series

The Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City Movie Series, presented by SEFCU will again offer eight free, family-friendly movies to children and families from neighborhoods around the Palace in downtown Albany, with targeted outreach to low-income and underserved families in the City. The movie series provides children with the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the historic Palace Theatre, while offering fun, safe and positive opportunities to become engaged in the arts. For this series, the theatre opens one hour prior to showtime for fun & educational activities.

Summer in the City is one of several free and low-cost arts and educational programs offered by the Palace that positively impacts local children and families each year. 

“We would like to once again thank SEFCU for their continued support of the Palace Theatre and their dedication to partnering with us year after year to ensure that Summer in the City is here to provide a free entertainment for our local kids and families. Since this program started in 2015, over 35,000 people have attended a free summer movie at the Palace. That's 35,000 people out of the heat enjoying themselves with their friends and families in a theatre rich with local history. It's inspiring to see the local organizations who dedicate their time and money to help us present this series. Summer In The City would not be possible without the generous support of SEFCU, Price Chopper/Market 32, National Grid, Whitney Young Health Center, Stewart's Shops and all of the volunteers and community partners who join us here each week. Thanks to their unwavering dedication to the community, we are able to offer this and so many other programs as part of our Community Engagement Initiative and truly make a difference in kids' lives.” – Kevin Johnson, Executive Director – Palace Performing Arts Center 

“SEFCU is honored to once again serve as the presenting sponsor of the Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City family movie series. Bringing children and families together inside Albany’s historic downtown theatre to enjoy the magic of the movies has become an annual summer tradition that we’ve been proud to support since 2016,” said SEFCU President and CEO Michael Castellana. “This year, there is another fantastic lineup of family-friendly films guaranteed to delight, entertain, and inspire our youth. I hope everyone makes memories at the movies this summer.”

"As the Chairman of the Palace Theatre Board of Directors, I am proud that we are once again able to present the Summer in the City free movie series. Since 2015, the Palace has provided a respite from the summer heat for families across the Capital Region with some great films, and it is one of the important ways we fulfill our mission to provide affordable entertainment for underserved families in our community. Thank you once again to all of this year’s series sponsors for their generous support. Without them, Summer in the City would not be possible. So come on down to the Palace everyone, and enjoy some great family fun!" – Stephen Baboulis, Chairman, Board of Directors – Palace Performing Arts Center

“National Grid has a proud history of building relationships to provide opportunities to families in the neighborhoods where we all live, work and play,” said National Grid Regional Executive Laurie Poltynski. “The Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City Series is a natural fit as we strengthen our connections with communities across the Capital Region. More important, it’s a fun way for families to spend time together and beat the heat.”

For each show, doors open at Noon with activities provided by SEFCU, Whitney Young Health Center and local partnering organizations. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free popcorn is provided to all children 12 and under. For the Summer in the City finale on Tuesday, August 30 - immediately following the screening of Encanto - the Palace will host a special Ice Cream Social, with activities, giveaways and Free Ice Cream courtesy of Stewart's Shops. The Ice Cream Social is open to the public.

For all events, doors open at noon for activities; movies begin at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12: Raya and the Last Dragon
Tuesday, July 19: Sing 2
Tuesday, July 26: Ron’s Gone Wrong
Tuesday, Aug. 2:  Clifford The Big Red Dog
Tuesday, Aug. 9:  Trolls World Tour
Tuesday, Aug. 16: Space Jam A New Legacy
Tuesday, Aug. 23: Luca
Tuesday, Aug. 30: Encanto

Free tickets are available in advance at the Palace Theatre Box Office at 19 Clinton Ave. during regular business hours or reserved online at https://bit.ly/SITCPal. Individual Groups, Day Care, and Summer Camps looking to reserve a block of tickets can call 518.465.3335, ext. 111 or email info@palacealbany.org. For more information, call 518.465.4663 or visit www.palacealbany.org