Palace Theatre Announces Reopening with “Summer In The City”

“Summer In The City”, a free family-friendly movie series will be the kick off for the official reopening of the Palace Theatre. 

Summer in the City is one of several free and low-cost arts and educational programs offered by the Palace that positively impacts local children and families each year. For this family-friendly movie series, the Palace targets outreach to low-income and underserved families in the City.

The Palace Theatre’s Summer in the City Movie Series, presented by SEFCU, will return to offer seven free, family-friendly movies to children and families from neighborhoods around the Palace in downtown Albany, with targeted outreach to low-income and underserved families in the City. The movie series provides children with the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the historic Palace Theatre, while offering fun, safe and positive opportunities to become engaged in the arts.

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“Children and families in the City of Albany have the opportunity to beat the heat while also sparking the imagination as they enjoy fun, family-friendly movies in this Albany landmark,” said SEFCU President and CEO Michael Castellana. “Going to the movies is always a special treat, especially this year as it represents a return to normalcy after the pandemic paused so many of our favorite summer activities.”

Summer in the City serves thousands from surrounding neighborhoods each year. The mission of the Palace is to bring world-class arts and entertainment to New York’s Capital Region, greatly enhancing the area’s cultural and economic development. Core programming and community initiatives include performing arts entertainment, free arts education, family-friendly performances, free summer movies, and a classic movie program series.

“It’s a great way for a whole new generation of young people to become more familiar with the beautiful Palace.” said Stephen P. Baboulis, Chairman, PPAC Board of Directors. “We thank SEFCU for sharing our vision about this summer program, and for their generous support!” 

For each show, doors open at Noon. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free popcorn is provided to children 12 and under. The first show will be open to 600 patrons with the potential for more later in the summer. Every movie viewing will be paired with a giveaway. One person in the audience will win a new HD Kindle Fire with a SEFCU Kids Plus subscription.


For all events, doors open at noon; movies begin at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13            Moana

Tuesday, July 20            Sonic The Hedgehog

Tuesday, July 27            The Secret Life of Pets 2

Tuesday, August 3        Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Tuesday, August 10     Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Tuesday, August 17     Frozen II

Tuesday, August 24     Sing

Free tickets may be picked up in advance at the Palace Theatre Box Office at 19 Clinton Ave. during regular business hours or reserved online at Individual Groups, Day Care, and Summer Camps looking to reserve a block of tickets may call in advance at 518-465-3335, ext. 111. For more information, call 518-465-4663 or visit

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