Dinner & Movie gets holiday flair

Staff Reports


ALBANY — Christmas is all about comfort and family.

It’s hard to find better comfort food that a barbecue sandwich or a slice of hot pizza. And after dinner, who better to spend the evening with than the quintessential American family the Parkers from Jean Shepherd’s classic “A Christmas Story”?

The downtown Dinner & a Movie deal is on again Friday evening, a collaboration between the city of Albany and the Flint RiverQuarium.

For a $15 ticket, a participant gets dinner at either Riverfront Bar B Q or the Pizza Shop. Following that at 9 p.m., “A Christmas Story” hits the big screen at the Imagination Theatre next to the RiverQuarium on Pine Avenue.

“A Christmas Story,” which has replaced “It’s a Wonderful Life” as the most-shown TV film this time of year, recounts the story of Ralphie Parker, an Indiana kid of the 1940s (and alter ego of writer Shepherd) who schemes and maneuvers every way possible to acquire the “holy grail” of Christmas gifts — a BB gun modeled after the rifle of his cowboy idol, Red Ryder.

The film is suitable for all ages.

To buy a ticket for dinner and the film contact the RiverQuarium, at (229) 639-2650.