On Saturday, July 20, join us for the kick-off of our new summer series Cinema Under the Stars with a screening of the classic film Big Night. The screening is free to attend and reservations are not required.
But wait, there’s more! To celebrate the occasion America’s Hamburger Expert George Motz, is bringing his Burger Pop-Up World Tour to Copia, where he’ll be slinging his famous signature griddled smash burgers all evening long. Tickets are limited – save time and pre-purchase now.
Come enjoy the best of what summer has to offer: warm summer night, outdoor movie, refreshing beers, and one of the best hamburgers you’ve ever tasted. Invite friends and family, enjoy a casual dinner together and arrive early to stake out a prime viewing spot for the movie. It’s sure to be a great time.
Please be advised that Big Night is rated R and no one under 17 will be admitted without parent or guardian.
About Cinema Under the Stars:
Every Tuesday night at sundown we’ll be screening a free film as part of our new summer series Cinema Under the Stars. Screenings will be held outdoors in the Copia Gardens in front of The CIA at Copia. Come early to save your spot, then grab food and beverages from Grove and our pop-up concession stand to enjoy during the film. Please note that outside food and beverages are not permitted.
Cinema Under the Stars will run from July 20th through October 29th.
Big Night (1996)
Director: Campbell Scott / Stanley Tucci
Genre: Comedy Drama
Run Time: 107 minutes
In this witty drama, a pair of brothers debate integrity versus compromise as they try to succeed in the restaurant business. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) have journeyed from Italy to New Jersey in the mid-1950s, determined to make a killing with an authentic Italian restaurant, The Paradise. But their food is a bit too authentic; Primo may prepare a superb risotto, but most of his customers are wondering why they can’t get a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Secondo tries to convince his brother not to berate the customers for requesting more “American” dishes, but Primo stands firm. Meanwhile, Pascal (Ian Holm), another local restaurateur, is doing great business with “Italian style” food the brothers wouldn’t bother to spit on. Despite Primo’s refusal to change his recipes to cater to lowbrow tastes, Secondo goes to Pascal begging for advice. With The Paradise on its last legs, Pascal offers to help — Louis Prima, the famous Italian-American bandleader, is coming to town, and Pascal is to arrange a banquet in his honor. He’ll stage the banquet at The Paradise in the hopes that Prima and his entourage (and hopefully the accompanying press) will fall in love with the authentic food and sing the praises of the foundering restaurant as he tours the country. The preparations for the big night and the behind-the-scenes family drama that ensues is highlighted by a strong supporting cast of Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, and Allison Janney. Stanley Tucci, who plays Secondo, co-directed with Campbell Scott, who has a small but memorable role as a car salesman.