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NYPA Features holiday-Themed Movies At Its Friday Matinees series in December

Contact:
Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov

December 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be showcasing popular holiday movies in its December matinee movie schedule that are admission-free and perfect for the entire family.

The movies will be shown beginning this Friday at the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be available for the movie showings.

The December schedule is:

Dec. 4: “Holiday Inn” (1942). Two retired show people (Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire) start up a New England country inn open only on national holidays. Conflicts arise when they fall for the same woman, and sparks fly—as do their feet—in a variety of inventive, holiday-themed song-and-dance productions.

Dec. 11:  “Elf” (2003). This Christmas film tells the tale of an orphaned child (Will Ferrell) who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.

Dec. 18: “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945). Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) is one of the country's most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard-working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. When the owner of the magazine she works for decides to send a heroic sailor to her farm for Christmas, Miss Lane knows her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?

The visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-27 and also on Dec. 31.  On Monday, Jan. 4, it will resume its regular winter schedule.

NYPA will also be showing family-friendly movies on Dec. 28, 29 and 30, during the school break.  That movie schedule will be announced shortly.

Besides enjoying the free movies, visitors can sample the array of hands-on exhibits at the Hawkins Point facility, which presents information on such subjects as water power and the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. Visitors are also sure to enjoy the panoramic views of the power dam. For further information, please call the visitors center at (315) 764-0226 ext. 302 or visit NYPA on the web at www.nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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