The Downing Film Center will present screenings of the film Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride. A small-time ride operator and his beloved carnival contraption are driven out of Coney Island when the City of New York and an opportunistic developer lock horns over the future of the world-famous amusement park.

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Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride (photo courtesy of The Downing)

Filmmaker Amy Nicholson portrays the struggle for the future of New York’s famed Coney Island from the perspective of an outspoken ride operator as an ambitious real-estate tycoon attempts to exploit the commercial potential of the beloved amusement park, despite the very vocal objections of his many opponents.

Eddie Miranda operates the Zipper — one of the most popular rides on Coney Island. But when Miranda and other small-business owners are forced out of Coney Island by a real-estate mogul more concerned with money than tradition, the people who had built their lives around the park are sent packing as the developer and the city of New York reach an impasse in the attempt to gain an upper hand in the deal.

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride will have special screenings Friday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m., and again on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: general admission $7, members $5, purchased at the box office or in advance at Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Downing Film Center is located at 19 Front St., Newburgh. Call 845-561-3686.

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