PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

Watch new films at home with Plaza Cinema

Linda Leuzzi
Posted 4/29/20

You can watch a brand new release cosseted on your couch. Sometimes you can even pair the moment with a cocktail and special snacks.

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is offering virtual …

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PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

Watch new films at home with Plaza Cinema

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You can watch a brand new release cosseted on your couch. Sometimes you can even pair the moment with a cocktail and special snacks.

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is offering virtual screenings in your own home, new films available before appearing on public screening platforms. Their recent virtual screening film “Extra Ordinary.” an Irish horror/comedy movie also described as goofy was paired with a Better Man Distilling Company cocktail and special snacks.

P.S. It was a hit!

Plaza Cinema will give a heads up for the next such movie night pairing, which will be soon. Here’s how it evolved.

“I had spoken to Abby at Better Man Distilling on how to pair cocktails with new releases,” said Plaza Cinema Director of Development Lauren Wagner. “We agreed `why don’t we start a virtual movie night?’ I searched for a certain film as a way to introduce ourselves to their audience and for their audience to get to know us.” Better Man Distilling selected the gourmet movie snacks and a classy `Ectoplasm’ drink, (Better Man Distilling Company’s Cosmic Soul Dry Gin, lime, Midori and blue curacao. Woo! Hoo!) Drinks and snacks were delivered within a three-mile radius. It was $12 for the movie; $20 for cocktails and food all available on the same night in the spirit of community.

That was a couple of weeks ago. “We had 60 participants,” Wagner said of that virtual event. About half wanted the drinks and snacks, she said.

In the meantime Plaza Cinema wants people to know, you can still see good films.

“We have 12 different films on our website people can screen,” Wagner said. “Half of the money you pay comes back to the Plaza, half goes to the distributor, so it’s a way to keep a bit of income and I’ve gotten a lot of lovely comments. People appreciate we’re able to offer quality art house movies.”

To order a film, click on the www.plazamac.org/virtual-screening-room. Links from that page connect to offsite platforms where viewers can rent the featured titles and have a portion of proceeds support the Plaza.

The Performing Arts In Cinema series including broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series or London’s National Theatre Live programming will be in the mix as well.

“You go on the website and purchase a film for $9-to-$12 and it allows you to watch it on your computer, smart TV or Apple TV, phone, or tablet,” Wagner said, adding that have trouble with the process, can call her. (Wagner will walk you through.) You have a five-day or 72-hour window to watch it.

“Probably the biggest barrier is learning the technology,” she admitted. But one good outcome, she pointed out, was the cooperation of distributors. “They could just push them out so we’re very grateful to them and our relationships,” she said. “We just released a movie `Earth’ and have a Q & A with the director and the audience. It’s a live broadcast and people can comment and ask questions.”

While the beloved Patchogue film house will eventually get back to screening in its Artspace location, Wagner said, “it may start another outlet for movie screening.”

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