Movies Al Fresco
I love New York City in the summer under the stars. What’s a special way to enjoy it?
|One of AskMelissa’s favorite things to do: these outdoor movie series. No car necessary.
Thursdays starting July 9
This series features both music (DJs from Brooklyn Radio start spinning at 6:00 pm) and movies (at sundown). The “Stolen Summer” theme will thrill you with Catch Me If You Can, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Maltese Falcon, Edward Scissorhands and more. Entrance is at Main and Plymouth Sts.
For more information: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View
Enter the park at 5th Avenue and 69th St. and look for Rumsey Playfield. Films begin at 8 pm. While it may not be a Best Kept Secret that summers in Central Park are incomparable, this annual outdoor film series is less well-known than the park’s other offerings like free Shakespeare in the Park. Soak up the last weeks of summer with a line-up that includes Shaft, Ocean’s 11, Sex and the City: The Movie, and Twilight.
For more information: Central Park Outdoor Cinema Series
Mondays starting June 15
The lawn starts filling up starting at 5:00 pm, and films begin at dusk. Highlights include The Sting, Harold and Maude, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. If you don’t have time to pack a picnic before heading to this midtown haven (between 40th and 42nd Sts. and 5th and 6th Ave.), you can call ‘wichcraft (212.780.0577) and pick up dinner at their kiosk in the park!
For more information: HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Wednesdays starting July 8
This year’s theme, “I Know What You Saw Last Summer,” features last year’s hits like The Dark Knight, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Iron Man, and Tropic Thunder. Head to Pier 54 at 14th St. for screenings at 8:30 pm. The adult version of the series also offers free popcorn.
For more information: RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups
Fridays starting July 10
The whole family will love new and classic films including Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Curious George. Movies (with free popcorn!) start at dusk on Pier 46 at Charles St.
For more information: RiverFlicks for Kids
Weekends through September 20
This series features independent films (features and shorts), and usually includes a filmmaker Q&A. Tickets are $9, and after-parties offer complimentary drinks. Live music starts at 8:30 pm and films begin at 9:00 pm. The venue varies, but always stays true to the “underground” description of the series.
For more information: Rooftop Films: Underground Movies Outdoors
Wednesdays starting July 8
This year’s theme is Nieuw York/New York – films that span the centuries in honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial (that means 400th). Head back to the 1870s, a time of lavish excess and social hypocrisy in NYC, with Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence. Also on the schedule: Wall Street and The Out of Towners. Movies start at 8:30 pm at Pier 1 (70th St. at the river).
For more information: Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars