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You Can Paddle Out To A Moonlit Floating Cinema In Brooklyn This Summer

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

You Can Paddle Out To A Moonlit Floating Cinema In Brooklyn This Summer

Now this may be better than all of NYC’s drive-in movie theaters!

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, which hosts summer canoe rides through the rather infamous Gowanus Canal to help educate and advocate for the waterfront (oh, and have fun of course), has started doing some very creative “paddle-in cinema” events.

The next one is this coming Saturday, August 15 at 7:30pm, and will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur, keeping with a “spooky” on-the-water vibe (for their original showing last month, they screened 1951 classic The Thing!).

Apparently the idea has been in the works since 2017, but the group was just able to complete their vision earlier this year. New Yorkers paddle out in the canoes (provided by the group) to a special spot where they line up in front of a large blank wall which the movie is projected onto.

Instagram / @gowanusdredgers

Sound plays through large speakers, and they even have a “snack barge” with a popcorn machine!

Instagram / @gowanusdredgers

Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

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Follow the links here to register for a ticket, and if you’ve missed out, keep an eye out for their next screenings on their Instagram! They also have limited shore seating if you live in the nearby, and sunset canoe rides on other evenings. Face masks are required.

Of course, the Canal has a reputation for not being the cleanest, in part due to the coal plants that used to dump their waste back into the water, but the group works hard to advocate for the revitalization of the waterways and is also continuously monitoring water quality.

See also: Free Kayaking In Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens Next Week

featured image source: Instagram / @gowanusdredgers