Last spring, the documentary Room 237 presented us with a free-for-all of conspiracy theories as complexly interwoven as the Overlook Hotel’s satanic carpet patterns. But while notions about Nazis, Native American suffering, and questionable moon landings are all fascinating, let’s not forget the most exquisitely sinister thing of all: The Shining itself. Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece needs no further embellishment. Jack Nicholson’s maniacal grin, stoic child-ghosts, and elevator- riding rivers of blood are quite enough for lovers of the eerie. Tonight, the 1980 game-changer screens at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, as voted on by viewers. Bring a picnic and a blanket to this outdoor viewing that offers free popcorn for all—that is, if the park after dark isn’t too spooky. The film shows rain or shine, but in the unlikely event of a snowstorm, well, let’s hope you’ve got ESP.
Sun., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., 2013