Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Date night!

By Thomas Tracy

Dinner and a movie just got easy.

Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District has revolutionized this classic dating staple with its “Films on Fifth 2010” series, which promises to bring independent films directly to diners as they delve into their main courses.

From now until May 10, 20 films lensed by Brooklyn movie makers will be viewed at various locations along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, from bars to restaurants to the Old Stone House.

“Many of us never get a chance to see independent films,” said Irene LoRe, owner of Aunt Suzie’s Restaurant between Carroll and Garfield streets. “I never went to the Tribeca Film Festival and I wish I could go to Cannes, but that just never seems to happen.”

LoRe said that the films, which include the documentary “PStar Rising” (pictured), about a 9-year-old rapper’s relationship with her father, and the stickball mockumentary “When Broomsticks Were King” by Park Slope native Jason Cusato, are “absolutely stupendous.”

“They will bring an added value to Fifth Avenue,” she said.

The value is ultimately passed on to the diner, who only has to make a $10 minimum purchase to watch the film.

It’ll be the cheapest night out on record. Just don’t let your date know.

“Films on Fifth 2010” at participating locations along Fifth Avenue between Dean and 18th streets in Park Slope through May 10. All films begin at 7 pm and are free with a $10 minimum purchase. For info, visit


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