MWADV 2019: Another Year Done

As quickly as it came this year, we’re done with our 6th year of Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties! We want to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and the whole community for all of your support.

Each year we have just as much fun as our 1st year in 2014 and still get excited when the first attendees start to show up (often before the event even “officially starts”).

These movie nights are not possible without all our sponsors, Buckingham Properties, who has been our title sponsor all 6 years, as well as the City of Rochester, ESL Federal Credit Union, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Blue Apple Productions and Jetblue Airways.

The Wrap-Up:

Friday, July 12th: Napoleon Dynamite in Parcel 5


On July 12th, we teamed up with Midtown EATS for a great dual event in Parcel 5. With Midtown EATS’ 11 food vendors and bar, we also had Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, free popcorn from Doc Popcorn, Rochester Parkour and Buckingham Properties with us. It was a great night in center city! Thank you to everyone who joined us.

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

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Each year we pick our movie dates months in advance and set off to plan these events the best we can, hoping and praying when the day arrives the weather will be PERFECT. We have been quite lucky in our previous 5 years and 14 movie nights to only have to cancel two!

On the 16th the weather seemed perfect when… mid-afternoon radar checks showed storms creeping in. We held our breath, talked to our AV crew (Blue Apple Productions), continued through setup and then stood in the rain as it came down from 6-7pm. After debating cancelling multiple times we stuck it out and sure enough, the rain let up and turned into a beautiful night with a few hundred people coming out to join us. Thank you to everyone who came out despite the rain and made it another WONDERFUL evening in downtown!

Thank you, again, to all of our sponsors, volunteers, movie attendees, food vendors and local establishments who added giveaways to our FREE raffles. And CONGRATS to all of our raffle winners! We cannot wait to be back in 2020 for our 7th year!

Want to be involved or have an idea of an awesome movie we should show? Email us at For more information on Movies With a Downtown View visit the Official site: MWADV.

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The Last 2019 Movies With a Downtown View

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The time comes every summer, when we’re facing our last Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties of the year. Join us, this Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park for this year’s finale - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

Friday, August 16th, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial

At 7pm, this FREE event kicks off with music, food vendors and FREE raffles from the Washington Square Park Community Association (just look for the tent & table to sign up).

Come hungry and purchase food and drinks from Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, and Eat Me Ice Cream! Or bring your own picnic. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and be ready for a fun night in downtown. Buckingham Properties will be with us with free water bottles and some awesome ROC and E.T. pins, so don’t miss their table either.

Check out some photos from last month’s Napoleon Dynamite movie night in Parcel 5 (all photos are from Tomas Flint Photography).

As with all of our events, we will have an ASL Interpreter for all announcements and the movie will be captioned. Street parking is free after 6pm and we’ll have bike racks available. See you Friday!

MWADV Official Site
Facebook Event Page

Location: 353 Court Street


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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Buckingham Properties presents Movies With a Downtown View 2017: 5 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss

In just under one month, our 4th annual Movies with a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties will be taking over the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (MLK Jr. Memorial Park, that is). In case you missed it in the last 3 years, here are 5 reasons why you'll want to go to Movies with a Downtown View on July 14th and August 18th:

1. The Experience

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How often do you spend a few hours in a park, on a blanket with friends or family, hanging out and enjoying downtown? Oh you don't do this often? Why not do this while enjoying a movie under the stars with the cityscape as your backdrop?

2. Be a Foodie

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Pack a fancy picnic or have cash ready to purchase food there. We'll have 2 food trucks at each event and beer for purchase from Roc Brewing. Keep an eye on the website for info on who else will be joining us!

3. It's FREE

These movie nights are free! That means there's no charge to get in... what else do we need to say?!

4. There might be giveaways

Okay, okay, we shouldn't say "might be", because there will be giveaways. In the past 3 years, we've given away several Round-Trips on the Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue Airways, and tons of local goods. Better yet, there's no cost for entering to win! 

5. The Movies

We're going with recent films this year, one with a NASA flair and one with an international base. Both are exciting and fun films, so check out the trailers below:

July 14th - Hidden Figures

AUGUST UPDATE - Hidden Figures:

While our original plan was to show Hunt for the Wilderpeople on August 18th, our plans have changed. Since we were unable to show Hidden Figures in July, we will be showing it in August! We will keep Hunt for the Wilderpeople as a possibility for next year, because well, it looks quite fun.

This year we are again partnering with our favorite downtown movie theatre The Little Theatre to produce these events. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success and we cannot wait to fill this park again with people. Will you join us?

For those of you who missed the event last year, take a peek inside here.

Movies with a Downtown View:

Friday, July 14th: Lawn opens at 7pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:45pm
Friday, August 18th: Lawn opens at 6:30pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:15pm

Facebook Page: July 14th Event & August 18th

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She had a blast running around MLK Jr. Park last year for #MWADV and cannot wait for these events! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.

Buckingham Properties presents: Movies with a Downtown View 2015


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When: Friday July 24th & August 14th, 2015

  • July Movie - lawn opens at 6:30p; give-away winners announced 8:30p, movie starts approximately 8:45p
  • August Movie - lawn opens at 6:00p; give-away winners announced 8:00pm, movie starts approximately 8:15pm

Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Park - aka - Manhattan Square Park

Cost: FREE to attend!

Movies: July - Moonrise Kingdom August - Be Kind Rewind

More Details: Facebook Website