Movies With a Downtown View 2019!

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The time has come for our annual announcement: Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties is back for 2019! We are in the final planning stages for another great year.

Last year we celebrated our 5th year by branching out to more locations which included Washington Square Park, Parcel 5, and the Hyatt’s rooftop Center City Terrace + Lounge.


We have great things planned for our two movie events this year and hope you’ll join us. Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th in Parcel 5: Napoleon Dynamite

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Last year was our first time holding a movie in Parcel 5 and it was our biggest event yet! We had so much fun, we’re doing it again.To make it even better this year we’ll be sharing the space with Midtown EATS!

Midtown EATS announced changes for this year with lunch on Thursdays and then lunch & dinner on Fridays. Midtown EATS will run from 4:30-9:30pm on the 12th (with a happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm) and we’ll be kicking off MWADV at 7pm with music, free raffles, more vendors and of course a great movie.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:45pm
Facebook Event Page

Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Our 2nd movie night in August will be in MLK Jr. Memorial Park, our “MWADV Home”. We’ll have vendors, music, free raffle giveaways and more. And Neno’s will be joining us! Of course we have more planned, but that is all we will announce for now.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:15pm

As always, these movies are FREE to attend, we’ll have FREE raffles, there will be an ASL interpreter each night and the movies will be captioned - see you this summer!

These events are put on by the Washington Square Park Community Association and wouldn’t be possible without our many sponsors, to find out more visit the official MWADV Website.

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MWADV 2018 is DONE... or is it?

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It’s hard to believe, but the 5th year of Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties has come and gone! To celebrate our 5th we decided to show 5 movies instead of the typical 2. After a somewhat rainy summer, we were happy to be able to end our season with 4 successful movie nights.

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These events are not possible without all of our incredible sponsors, community partners and the City of Rochester. This year we even had custom MWADV and ROC buttons thanks to our title sponsor Buckingham Properties. Their support over the last 5 years has really made these movie events possible.

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This year was also the 1st year we ventured outside of MLK Jr. Memorial Park. In addition to a movie in MLK Park, we were in Washington Square Park, Parcel 5 and even at the Hyatt’s Center City Terrace + Lounge space.

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Each year we partner with The Little Theatre to try to show at least one movie that our audience might not be familiar with, but we think they’ll love. This year we had two: Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Sing Street and they were GREAT. The other two were Office Space and The Greatest Showman.

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And despite the gravel, we ended the year in Parcel 5 and it was a huge hit. Hundreds of people brought out their camping chairs and creative seating to join us for The Greatest Showman in the heart of downtown.

A huge thank you to Alex G Weiser for taking some incredible photos and sharing them with us. Check out the gallery below for a peek at our last movie:

Guess what? We’re not really done!

Just when we thought we were done, our 5 Year Celebration Sponsor, the Hyatt, reached out to partner with us on ONE MORE MOVIE for 2018 - a Halloween Night at their Center City Terrace + Lounge. Since 1 of our original 5 nights had to be cancelled, we couldn’t be more excited at add this as our last official movie for the year (we mean it this time!).

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 19th @ Center City Terrace + Lounge

Pull our your best Halloween costume and join us for the 1993 hit, Hocus Pocus!

The event will start at 6pm with Halloween tunes by DJ Bizmuth, there will be food and drinks available for purchase, Halloween inspired specialty cocktails and we just may have some candy and small snacks for FREE. We will also have a prize for the best Halloween costume, so start your planning now!

This event is FREE, the Hyatt asks that you simply register here for admission: RSVP.

Keep an eye on the Facebook Event page for additional details.

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The Last MWADV of the Season - Here's What YOU Need to Know

Photo Credit:  IMDB

Photo Credit: IMDB

Tonight, Friday September 7th is going to be a magical evening. With great weather in the forecast, clear skies, and the popular The Greatest Showman movie playing, get ready for an exciting evening with hundreds of your fellow neighbors in downtown Rochester. Because this is our first-ever showing in Parcel 5 downtown, we thought we'd give some quick pointers so you can be prepared to enjoy the evening.

1. Find Parcel 5!

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If you know where Tower280 is, the Democrat & Chronicle, Fuego Coffee, the Liberty Pole, or Sibley's, you'll find Parcel 5. This is what you're looking for! Need a map? Use this one: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

2. Bring your own seating

Parcel 5, to say the least, is mostly a square of gravel, rocks, and dirt. But that won't stop us from enjoying this area right in the heart of downtown tonight. You'll want to be prepared and bring your own seating with possibly a blanket to put the seating on. Get creative - just because the moon is a bunch of dust and rocks, doesn't mean it's any less important or useful to us. 

Got a yoga mat, couch cushion, pool floatie or something else that will work? Bring it!

3. Bring a blanket and/or some warm clothing

The good thing is that the storms came through already and cleared the skies. That means the warm weather is behind us now, and we'll be enjoying a cool evening under the stars with 65-ish degree weather. Bring a blanket, hoodie, or whatever else is going to keep you cozy during the movie as it'll be playing from 8p-10pm (estimate). 

4. Parking is abundant all around Parcel 5


There is metered parking that is FREE (after 6pm) on ALL sides of Parcel 5. Plus, our Title Sponsor Buckingham Properties is opening the Midtown Garage (underground parking!) for FREE tonight from 6-11pm. That's over a thousand spaces of FREE parking....need we say more? OK, we'll also have bike racks available...YES, we did say more! 

5. FREE Jetblue Terra Blues Chips, Water, Popcorn and Giveaways

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Make sure to stop by the Washington Square Park Community Association, Buckingham Properties, and 88 on Elm tables tonight for some FREE giveaways and sign up for the FREE raffles. Yes, FREE. The Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue, will be giving away its signature Terra Blues potato chips (those same ones that you can enjoy on any Jetblue flight!), 88 on Elm will be popping and handing out free popcorn and Buckingham Properties will have complimentary water for attendees. 

Make sure to sign up for our FREE raffles tonight at the WSPCA table, because, as always, we'll have local giveaways to great spots like The Little Theatre, Rochester Brainery, ROC Brewing, Upstate Social Sessions and more. And get this - tonight we'll be picking our Grand-Prize winner for 2-Round-Trip tickets on Jetblue anywhere Jetblue flies. Pretty cool, right!? 

6. Dine With Us!


In addition to some free snacks, joining us tonight is Eat Me Ice Cream, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe and Taste the Roc. You'll definitely have plenty of options for dinner and dessert! See you tonight?

Event Details:

Event Start: 6:30pm
Movie Start: 8pm
Facebook Event Page: Movies With a Downtown View: The Greatest Showman
Location: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

Note! The movie will be captioned and we will have ASL interpreters with us for all announcement and raffle drawings.


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MWADV: Wear Your Flair Contest!!

If you've seen Office Space you'll remember the scene where Joanna gets scolded at her job for her flair.

Well, break out your flair and wear it to our Movies With a Downtown View event at the Center City Terrace + Lounge at the Hyatt on Thursday, August 2nd. Because space is limited, this is our only ticketed MWADV event. Grab the early-bird price of $15 through 7/31 at 11:59pm before the price goes up to $20.

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Each ticket includes: your first beverage (enjoy a Milton's Mai Tai, or choose from a selection of beer or wine), gourmet popcorn, free raffles, the movie, and a beautiful night in downtown!

Flair Contest:

During the event take a picture of yourself wearing your flair and it post on Facebook or Instagram using the Hashtag #MWADV to be entered into the contest. If you do not use FB or IG find Stefanie & Jason, the event organizers to be entered. We will have an AMAZING prize for the attendee with the most creative flair, and trust us, by showing off your flair and "terrific smile", you won't be disappointed!

Voting will take place before the movie begins.

Get details & tickets: MWADV Ticket Page

To get the details on all of our Movies With a Downtown View events, check out our recent post:  MWADV 2018: 5 for 5 Years!

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MWADV @ The Hyatt - Postponed


If you missed your chance to purchase tickets to our SOLD OUT 5 Year Movies With a Downtown View Celebration movie night at the Hyatt, you just might get a second chance.

Last night (6/5/18), we were all set up and ready to go when it started to pour. Since A/V equipment and storms don't mix, we had to make the decision to cancel the event.

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But, we are currently working with the Hyatt to get this back on the calendar... we will make it happen! We're already thinking of ways to make the event even better, as we watch Office Space at the Center City Terrace + Lounge.

**UPDATE! We've just set our rain date at the Hyatt to be Thursday, August 2nd! Keep an eye on the Washington Square Park Community Associations website and Facebook Page as ticket sales will go live on Monday, July 16th at 5pm.

For more information about all of our movie nights, check out our recent post:

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