Yonkers, N.Y., January 23, 2017 - Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site invites the public to get out of the house and enjoy free films in the site's Gothic Chamber. The Saturday Family Movie Series returns in 2017 with films being shown on the last Saturday of the month at 3 p.m.

On each of the dates, families are invited to enjoy a free movie at the site, courtesy of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall. Families are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket if they prefer to watch the movie from the floor. All films are rated PG and are shown in the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall, a structure dating from the 1680s, the oldest standing building in Westchester County. The site is located at 29 Warburton Ave., across from Van der Donck Park and the daylighted Saw Mill River, just blocks from the train station in downtown Yonkers and adjacent to the Yonkers Railroad bus stop.

The following line up of films has been announced for the series:

Saturday, Jan. 28: "Kung Fu Panda III"

Everyone's favorite noodle chef turned martial arts expert, Po, continues searching for his origins and his true identity. While saving China has continued to increase Po's popularity, it has also caused him to question himself and further seek the truth about his family and where he started. Will Po finally learn who he is and where he comes from?

Saturday, Feb. 25: "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

After surviving the Ice Age and the brief return of dinosaurs, viewers join their favorite misfit Mammal herd as the continent begins to break apart. Manny, Sid and Diego become separated from the group as they are set adrift on an iceberg floating out to sea, with no obvious way back. Will they be able to reunite with the rest of their friends and family or will the sea claim another victim?

Saturday, Mar. 25: "Beauty and the Beast"                 

As the live action version appears in theaters during the same week, visitors to the Manor Hall can view the acclaimed animated version of the classic tale.

Saturday, Apr. 29: "The Jungle Book" 

Viewers will get to see the 2016 live action remake of the tale of Mowgli, the "man cub" raised by a wolfpack, and his encounters with Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and other creatures of the jungle. Attendees on Apr. 29 will get to vote on which film will be shown in May.

Saturday, May 27: Viewer's Choice

Attendees of the April movie will be presented with a list of 10 options, from classics to the most recent releases, and be able to vote for their two favorites. Voting is open to all who attend the movie and the winner will be announced at the end of "The Jungle Book."

For more information or questions on programs at Philipse Manor Hall, please call the site's Programs Coordinator, Robert Lee, at (914) 965-4027 x102.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is located at 29 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y. The site is one of six historic sites and 15 parks administered by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Taconic Region. The Manor Hall is regularly open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (5 p.m. from April to October). For additional information about Philipse Manor Hall, please visit http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/details.aspx.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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Contact:

Robert Lee | Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov | (914) 965-4027

Chris Steber | Christopher.Steber@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-3880