Free Amityville Film-Fest will debut on new Seaside Heights movie screen…


Seaside Heights Maintenance Repairer Roy Pappalardo is seen making the final connections of the new Seaside Heights Borough Movie Screen to its custom-made portability trailer.

See brand-new movie screen: Many readers might remember the giant blow up screen that debuted for the Free Movies on The Beach series in 2007. Some might not know that last year’s screen was actually a loaner, as the actual item purchased by the Borough was on back order, and not delivered until the fall. With the Borough now in possession of its own equipment, final decisions could be made as how store and use the screen. Although the size of the white screen is the same size on the Borough-owned screen, the entire footprint of the item is smaller than the loaner. Reason is that the loaner was a totally professional model, intended to be blown-up daily for an entire season at an event like an outdoor carnival or theme park. The Borough’s version is more of a professional/home hybrid, intended to be blown-up on a finite number of occassions.  (Incidentally, these are the same sort of blow-up screens seen in the homes of rap stars on television programs such as MTV’s  Cribs.  The material of of lighter weight, and only one 1.5 horsepower blower is necessary to launch the inflatable skyward, less than half the thrust needed for loaner, made of a heavier rubber. Due to the smaller footprint and lighter weight, the Borough’s screen is able to be permanently mounted to a portable flatbed trailer, the idea of the Supervisors at the Seaside Heights Department of Public Works.  The trailer allows the screen to be much easier to move, and able to be used in almost any location in town, as it can be carted and inflated in other places than its usual Hiering Avenue and the Beach. The first movie to debut on the Borough-owned Screen will be The Amityville Horror, part of the Amityville Film Festival, which will be held at desk on Friday July 11th at Hiering Avenue and the Beach, with a raindate of July 13th. The triple feature will focus on all the films made at a house at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River beginning 30 years in 1978: The Amityville Horror, Amityville 2: The Possession, and Amityville 3-D, The Demon.

Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror, and three other films in its horror movie franchised filmed at this house, now at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, beginning 30 years in 1978.

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