Summer Movies in New York City: Outdoor Film Screenings
Summer in New York City means that once again you can enjoy a variety of movies beneath the stars in New York City. Each of these film festivals offers visitors and New Yorkers a chance to watch a movie, as well as enjoy some of New York City's best outdoor scenery -- from skylines to parks.
Bryant Park Summer 2009 Free Film Series
Enjoy classic films under the stars from June through August at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. It's always a great scene -- lots of New Yorkers picnicking and enjoying summer in the city -- followed by classic films including highlights such as Close Encounters of the Third King, Harold and Maude and The Sting.
Central Park Film Festival
From August 18-22, 2009 enjoy five nights of films under the stars in Central Park. This is the 7th year for this film festival, which will feature films with a the theme "Be Cool" - five films that feature actors or actresses who epitomize "cool".
Every Wednesday and Friday in July and August, enjoy free movies under the stars. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8-8:30 p.m.) and there is even free popcorn available (beverages and other snacks are for sale).
Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars
Free movies are being shown in Riverside Park South on Wednesday evenings in July and August. Films in the 2009 series will be shown on Pier 1 in Riverside Park.
Movies with a View: Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Film Series
This free series features films and music on Thursdays from July 8 - August 27, 2009. You can bring a low chair if you like, but there are also chairs for rent, as well as concessions. Pre-movie music begins at 6 and the movies begin at sunset.
This eclectic series runs from May through September and includes everything from independently produced animation to documentary films about New Yorkers. Screenings feature music at 8 p.m., followed by a series of short films beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $9. The good news is that, even if it rains, the movies will be shown at an indoor space in the same location.
Celebrate Brooklyn Movies & Music Series
This series of movies feature soundtracks performed live by a variety of musical acts. Free performances take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but a $3 donation is suggested.
By Heather Cross