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Mamma Mia! Cinema on the Bay Takes Center Stage

Moviegoers flock to Sunset Park for the Cinema on the Bay summer film series.

Despite a weather forecast that warned of potential thunderstorms, close to 200 people attended Saturday's opening night of this summer's Cinema on the Bay film series, presented by Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead.

Luckily for all the Port Washington residents in attendance, the weather held out, as they sat on blankets and in their lawn chairs and enjoyed a showing of Mamma Mia! on the dark, windy night.

Marsha Johnson was one such resident. "I'm really enjoying finally seeing Mamma Mia!," she said. "I've wanted to for quite some time, and it's nice to see it outdoors with friends for free."

Some of those in attendance also took advantage of the Sunset Yoga, which was offered prior to the start of the movie. Shari Thompson, yoga instructor from Yoga Life, led residents through a short sunset yoga practice before the first movie of the Cinema on the Bay season kicked off.

Both the yoga and the movie were free to residents thanks to a long list of generous sponsors that includes Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Town of North Hempstead, LaCorte's Family Auto Repair, Daniel D. Donatelli — Attorney at Law, Bonnie Doran and Joan Hutchinson of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, Cow Bay Contracting, Yoga Life, Delux Transportation Services, Castle Repair & Maintenance, and Freitas Landscaping.

With the large turnout on Saturday night for Mamma Mia! — the first of four Saturday nights June through August that are part of the Cinema on the Bay film series — it wouldn't be surprising if the best seats, or lawn chairs, fill up quickly on these long summer nights.

"I thought the movie was kind of fluffy and lacked plot, but it was fun overall and a great light-hearted movie for summer." Stephen Pugliese said.

The next movie in the Cinema on the Bay series will be The Sunshine Boys on Saturday, July 17, at 9 p.m., followed by E.T. on Saturday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m., and American Graffiti on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 8:30 p.m. Sunset Yoga will be offered a half hour before each movie starts.

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