Behind the Scenes at “The Thing”

The Thing, the 1982 thriller starring Kurt Russell, runs for an hour and 49 minutes — less time than it took the Cold Spring Film Society to set up its 27-foot screen and prepare for a free screening on Aug. 18 at Dockside Park.

Peter Maloney, a Garrison resident who appeared in the film, offered an introduction, remembering the shoot as the best job he ever had. He was on set for six months, he said, “despite the fact [spoiler alert] I am horribly killed near the beginning.”

Every other weekend over the summer, volunteers from the society and high school interns assembled the screen and set up the popcorn booth. Donations keep the films coming.

The 2018 season concludes at Dockside on Saturday, Sept. 1, with The Sound of Music, which will begin at about 7:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

Photos by Ross Corsair