So maybe you were a little young to catch Fast Times at Ridgemont High on the big screen, and you’ve resented your parents ever since.
The two entities are teaming up this year to present a Classic 80’s Movies On The BIG Screen series at the YMCA Boulton Center.
The series kicks off March 14 with Jeff Spicoli and the gang from Ridgemont High. Then it’s onto Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (April 18), Weird Science (June 27) and Jaws (July 25).
(Jaws has become an annual tradition in Bay Shore.)
All the shows are on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
The films were handpicked by proud Gen-Xers Michele Rizzo-Berg, the center director of the YMCA Boulton Center, and Michael White, founder and publisher of GreaterBayShore.
“I was looking for a partnership with an organization that I felt captured the spirit of what we wanted to convey with the movies we planned to show,” Rizzo-Berg said. “Partnering with GreaterBayShore came organically. Their site provides the best content both on the web and social media for what’s happening locally, and the demographics they serve are exactly the audience we know will enjoy these films.”
For White’s part, he’s already got all four of the movies memorized (and has perhaps an unhealthy obsessions with the 1980s) so he jumped at the chance to provide support.
“It’s really honor that such an esteemed community organization like the YMCA Boulton Center was willing to partner with GreaterBayShore, and this series is right in my wheelhouse,” White said. “If it were a series of Westerns, I might have balked. Of course I’ll watch Hang ‘Em High if it’s on, but I wouldn’t want to slap my logo on it.”
Moving forward, locals can check back at GreaterBayShore for event previews, quizzes and ticket giveaways before each movie.
The 2018 series will continue with four more movies in the fall and winter.
“The first four are not only considered classics by a certain generation, they are films that, for many, have only been viewed on a TV screen,” Rizzo-Berg said. “To experience them in a movie theater setting on a big screen, with others who want to go back to the days of feeling like a teenager, that makes it worth the $8 ticket.”
Photo: A screen grab from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.