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Last night was girl’s night. It was long overdue and a much needed reprieve from motherhood this week. Sometimes, you just need a night off, a chance to miss your family and for them to miss you a little bit. So, we headed over to the Newburgh Waterfront for dinner and a little entertainment. After having margaritas and burgers at Billy Joe’s Ribworks, we headed directly across the street to the Downing Film Center for a movie.

 

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The Downing is a nonprofit movie theater located in a converted warehouse with the goal of bringing art and culture to our community. They feature independent, foreign, and classic cinema. The theater itself is set up like a screening room with comfortable chairs, throw pillows, and curtains to create a laid back atmosphere. There are a variety of snacks to be had from coffee and tea to the typical movie fare of popcorn and Goobers all reasonably priced. It felt more like watching a movie with a bunch of friends in your living room but without the cleanup afterwards.

 

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I purchased our tickets in advance online ($8.50), and it was a good thing I did because when we arrived the sign said sold-out. They recommend you arrive 20 minutes in advance, which we did, but the 60 seat theater was already filled forcing us to sit apart. And I did not score one of the Ikea Poang Chairs I was really looking forward to! Last night’s feature was The Grand Budapest Hotel; I enjoyed the comedic and witty film, but it was really the overall atmosphere that made the evening for me.

 

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The Downing Film Center features one movie at a time and it changes frequently, so check their site to see what they have to offer. It will make for a great date night or girl’s night out!

 

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Don’t forget tonight is Earth Hour. From 8:30-9:30 turn off all your lights to raise awareness for the planet. If the kids are in bed this could be another way to have date night! Have a great weekend

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