Summer Fun Guide 2010: Summer Camp Cinema

With the summer comes a different kind of summer camp, not for children, but for film lovers—Brett Sherris’ Summer Camp Cinema. This is not your average modern day movie experience but a throwback to the classic double feature, where you can watch two movies for the price of one including coming attractions, cartoons, and other surprises. All movies are presented properly as 35mm prints, some of which are quite rare and loaned by private film collectors. The camp is every Saturday night from May to August, beginning at 11pm at the Cinema Arts Centre.

Double feature movie combos include the time traveling epics Twelve Monkeys and The Terminator on June 5, The Big Lebowski and Kingpin on July 3 for bowling fans, Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead on August 14 if you like zombies, just to name a few. Brett Sherris, the brain behind this operation, and his wife Peg have also produced a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast, where The Unconventional Conventionalists perform the movie on stage, while the movie is playing on screen.

Last, but definitely not least, this summer camp culminates with its annual twist—The All Nite “Pay-to-Get-Out” Horror Marathon. This event challenges film fanatics to sit through five full length movies, including trailers and cartoons from 11pm to 6am, where those who leave pay full price, while those who endure pay a discounted fare. Survivors are also rewarded with, as the Cinema’s Co-Director (and Pulse film columnist) Dylan Skolnick puts it, “a puffy, boiled bread product smeared with white goo (bagel with cream cheese), a scalding, inky, black liquid (coffee), and the satisfaction of having proven themselves to be true cinephiles.”

Summer Camp Cinema is a labor of love for everyone involved, with the vibe of a private club, but is open to anyone who loves movies. For more information, check out the program’s website,, which has a complete schedule of coming events and prices.

Buckley Country Day Camp

(516) 365-7760
A 4-6-8-week day camp known for its extensive swimming facilities, along with the usual summer camp activities. Divided in ages from toddlers to teens to counselors in training. Tuition: $4,200-$6,800.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
Center Moriches

(631) 878-1070
A sports and recreation camp specifically for physically and mentally challenged children of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. With weeklong and/or weekend sessions for 6-14 year olds, 6-21 year olds, 15-21 year olds, 15-25 year olds from June-August.

DayJams Rock Music Day Camp
HANC Plainview Elementary School
The Academy of St. Joseph, Brentwood

(800) 295-5956
A 5-day camp with rehearsal and performance of rock music on either guitar, bass, drums keyboards or voice, for ages 8-15.

John W. Engeman Theater 2010 Summer Programs

(631) 261-9700
Acting, singing and dancing lessons/rehearsals leading up to a performance on the Engeman stage. Classes, between June 28th and August 27th, are for ages 4-6 or ages 7-15. Tuition: $300-$850 depending on age and choice of session.

Park Shore Country Day Camp and School
Dix Hills

(631) 499-8580
All kinds of summer activities and athletics in the water, on the field, in the woods and even in the air. Divided into a 4, 6 or 8 week session with separate groups for 2-5 year olds, 6-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
Wheatley Heights

(631) 643-7900
A legendary 4 or 7-week summer camp for K-12th graders that has a few notable alumni. The structure of the camp is based on a major and minor interest with a plethora of creative programs to choose from. Tuition: $2,675-$3,575 plus bus fees.