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NYPA’s Hawkins Point Center Offers Day of Free Movies

Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226, ext. 300

July 9, 2007


MASSENA—Three movies will be shown Thursday, July 12th at the admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center at the New York Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

Thursday’s schedule, part of the Visitors Center’s “Beat the Heat Summer Movie Days” that will continue throughout the summer, begins at 10 a.m. with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” “Happily N’ever After” will follow at 1 p.m. and “Night at the Museum” at 4 p.m.  All showings will be in the Visitors Center theater.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is an animated film about Willy Wonka, a man long isolated from his own family who launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children from around the world draw Golden Tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years.

In “Happily N’ever After,” Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Jack from the Beanstalk are all about to live happily ever after when the balance between good and evil gets thrown out of whack. It's up to Cinderella - aka Ella - to save the day by taking on her power-hungry stepmother, Frieda. But this time, Ella will have to do it without her Prince Charming as she joins forces with an unlikely army of dwarves, fairies, and the Wizard's bumbling assistants, Mambo and Munk. Your favorite fairy tales are turned upside down in this funny, fast-paced adventure that teaches the lesson that - no matter who you are - you have the power to affect how your story turns out!

In “Night at the Museum,” good-hearted dreamer named Larry Daley is hired as night watchman at the Museum of Natural History; he soon discovers that an ancient curse brings all the exhibits to life after the sun sets. Suddenly, Larry finds himself face-to-face with a frisky T. rex skeleton, tiny armies of Romans and cowboys and a mischievous monkey who taunts him to the breaking point. But with the help of President Teddy Roosevelt, the museum’s founder, Larry may just figure out a way to control the chaos and become a hero in his son's eyes. The film features jaw-dropping special effects and laugh-out-loud moments.

Besides enjoying the movies, visitors can sample the array of hands-on exhibits at the new $5 million Hawkins Point facility, which presents information on such themes as Water Power and the St. Lawrence-FDR project, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity. Another highlight is the panoramic view of the project’s power dam from Hawkins Point.

The visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DIRECTIONS:  From Massena: Take State Route 37 east to Route 131 (across from St. Lawrence Centre Mall), turn left and proceed through the Eisenhower Lock tunnel. Then take the second right onto Robinson Bay Road and continue for two miles. Turn left onto Hawkins Point Road and follow the entrance road to the Visitors Center.

    About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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