Movies in the park: Outdoor screenings in New York City

Discover where to catch movies in the park this summer with our handy calendar of free outdoor screenings in NYC.

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  • Movies in the park: HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

  • Movies in the park: HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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    Movies in the park: SummerScreen

  • Photograph: Sean T. Smith

    Movies in the park: SummerScreen

  • Photograph: Etienne Frossard

    Movies in the park: Syfy Movies with a View

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    Movies in the park: Syfy Movies with a View

  • Photograph: Irwin Seow

    Movies in the park: Rooftop Films

Movies in the park: HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival


Break out your blankets, vino and snacks: Outdoor movie screenings are back. We’ve rounded up the top spots for enjoying movies in the park this summer—be they along the water, on a rooftop or in midtown. And best of all, every one of these showings is free.

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Summer movie series

12th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

  • Free

Midpark at 69th St, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St. This series camps out in a spot just north of Sheep Meadow for five nights straight, and this year's theme celebrates movies filmed right here in New York City. First, see Big (Aug 18), followed by The Royal Tenenbaums (Aug 19), The Way We Were (Aug 20), Ghostbusters (Aug 21) and Rear Window (Aug 22). All ages.

  1. Central Park 59th St to 110th St, between Fifth and Eighth Aves
  2. Mon Aug 18 - Fri Aug 22
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Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

  • Free

This free outdoor movie festival brings screenings to the lawn of Bryant Park every Monday. Flicks include Tootsie (June 17), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (June 24), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (July 8), A Foreign Affair (July 29), Norma Rae (Aug 5), The Women (Aug 12) and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Aug 19). The lawn opens at 5pm and movies start at sundown, so show up early if you want a good spot. Check the event's website for a full schedule of films.

  1. Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Mon Jun 16 - Mon Aug 18
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SummerScreen

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This alfresco film fest is back, showing a grab bag of ’90s nostalgia picks (so Williamsburg, right?), including Can’t Hardly Wait (July 10), The Craft (July 24) and Speed (Aug 7); ’80s comedy classics Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (July 17) and The Goonies (July 31); and a to-be-determined fan favorite (Aug 14). (You can cast your vote for High Fidelity, The Big Lebowski, The NeverEnding Story or another flick at facebook.com/summerscreen.) Each evening also features live music beginning at 6pm and food trucks such as Coolhaus and PizzaMoto; discreet BYO boozing is optional.

  1. McCarren Park Bayard St to Nassau Ave, between Leonard and North 12 Sts
  2. Wed Jul 9 - Wed Aug 13
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