Went last night at 7:50pm - no seats were left for 2. We sat on the sides on a blanket until 8:50pm and then plenty of people left and we were able to get a seat. Both were great viewing with the extremely large screen. Its a perfect event if you've never seen Opera because of the subtitles to help guide you through the scenes.
Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
Upper West Side
Until Mon Sep 2 2013
Photograph: Chris Lee/The Metropolitan Opera
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Aug 14 2012
Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and cool breezes as the Met brings back its popular series of free encore screenings of its theatrical HD broadcasts. This year's lineup includes La traviata (Aug 24), Lucia di Lammermoor (Aug 25), The Tempest (Aug 26), Otello (Aug 27), La clemenza di Tito (Aug 28), La damnation de Faust (Aug 29), Maria Stuarda (Aug 30), Manon (Aug 31), Un ballo in maschera (Sept 1) and Aida (Sept 2).