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Bay Ridge has got movie madness!

Sure, you can stay home and Netflix this stuff, but there is something magical about gathering with other people in the dark to see a movie together. So this weekend, let’s get out there!

We start off this film-focused weekend on Friday night at the Narrows Botanical Garden’s Great Lawn (Shore Road at 71st Street). First, you will get to see an animated film come to life, as the Narrows Community Theater offers a sneak peek at its upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid” at 8 pm. Then sit back for “Buddy,” the true story of a Depression-era socialite who kept chimpanzees and gorillas as pets — always a good idea! — until they go on a King Kong–style rampage at the Chicago World’s Fair.

On Saturday, we will celebrate the greatest film of all time: “Saturday Night Fever.” The disco-dancing, John Travolta–starring, Bay Ridge–based flick came out 40 years ago, but the songs are immortal. So put on your boogie shoes and hustle over to the Brooklyn Firefly (7003 Third Ave. at Ovington Avenue). This jive pizza joint will host legendary music figure Dante Ross spinning disco tunes starting at 9 pm, and there will be drink and pizza specials all night. The dancing space is a little small, so when you get up to boogie, please — watch the hair!

And while we’re all revved up to shake it, tell me something, my friend — you ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light? If not, fix that at the Sunday night screening of the classic 1989 film “Batman,” happening at John Paul Jones Park (Fourth Avenue at 101st Street). The version, with Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Michael Keaton as Batman, and a soundtrack from Prince will bat-dance its way onto an outdoor screen at sundown — about 8:45 pm.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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