OLEAN, NY -- Christopher Michel was watching TV when he came up with the idea for an outdoor summer film series in Olean.
“I saw a show where characters went to a park and watched old monster movies, and I got to thinking that’s a neat thing, why don’t we have that in Olean?” Michel recalled.
With the support of of the Olean Area Federal Credit Union and Jamestown Community College, Michel's idea came to fruition, and on Saturday at dusk, the Pop-Up Cinema will debut with a showing of "Despicable Me 3.”
“I talked to both parties, and both parties immediately agreed. It was yes, not an “I don’t know,” just an immediate yes, let’s get moving,” Michel, director of marketing and communications at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, recalled.
The credit union donated its inflatable screen, and Jamestown Community College agreed to host the event on the lawn centrally located at 260 N. Union St. The final push to organize the project was a $2,000 grant from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, he said.
“During the summer it’s hard to find something to do during the weekend,”Michel said. “Downtown could use something consistent, and my hope is that it gives people something else to do and enjoy while also encouraging people to come downtown.”
The credit union hosted a film series last summer, and Michel said the attendance was upwards of 500 people. In the future, Michel hopes to have community groups sell concessions at the summer film series.
Also scheduled are “Thor: Ragnarok” on June 30; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on July 7; “Wonder” on July 14; “The Wizard of Oz” on July 21, and “Jurassic Park” on July 28. Michel added that the Olean Area Young Professionals picked the final movie for the series.
In the event of rain, movies will be shown at 8 p.m. in JCC’s Cutco Theater. Alcohol and pets are not permitted.
To keep up to date with series, Michel suggests people follow the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
“It is 100 percent free,” Michel said. “Bring your blanket and chairs. Come out and enjoy."