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A Summertime Guide To NYC’s Outdoor & Rooftop Movies

May 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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(image courtesy of Central Park Conservancy)

(image courtesy of Central Park Conservancy)

Even though the price of movie tickets and popcorn are skyrocketing, you can still save a bundle at the movies this summer. Bring a blanket and a basket of food and experience the great outdoors. Films look even better in the velvety darkness of the summer night sky. By Sherry Mazzocchi
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HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bryant Park at 42nd St. between Ave. of the Americas and Fifth Ave.
New York, NY

This is the mother of all free outdoor summer movies. Bryant Park celebrates its 20th anniversary of Monday night movies by re-running some of their most popular films. The series kicks off on June 18th with the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, followed by an easy-on-the eye Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. At the end of August, you’re in for a bumpy night with All About Eve.

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Intrepid Free Summer Movie Series

Pier 86 at W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10036-4103
877-957-SHIP (7447)
The Intrepid’s free summer movie festival is a New York City tradition. Catch classics like The Goonies and Jurassic Park on the museum’s flight deck. If you miss this, you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.

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RiverFlicks for Kids

Hudson River Park
Pier 46 @ Charles St.
New York, NY
They serve free popcorn at this Friday film series dedicated to children. People who used to be children are also encouraged to attend.

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Rooftop Films Summer Series

The Old American Can Factory
and several other venues around the city
New York, NY
Rooftop Films holds film screenings at locations all over the city, including Fort Greene Park, the Metrotech Commons, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Catch Cat Cam, the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival’s runaway hit, at the Old American Can Factory on August. 18.

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(image by Julienne Schaer, courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Syfy Movies With a View

Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn
Brooklyn, BT
Syfy’s opens its 13-year-old festival on July 5th with E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. Clueless, Slumdog Millionaire and Barefoot in the Park are just a few of the other films featured in this Thursday night festival. Bike valet service provided courtesy of Transportation Alternatives.

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Epix Movie Free For All

Coney Island, Thompkins Square Park, Long Island City and Williamsburg
New York, NY
This city-wide festival has something for everyone to cheer: Raging Bull, The Godfather, Moonstruck and Star Trek. Did we mention the free giveaways? At every screening, one lucky moviegoer will win an iPad. Other prizes include a pair of boxing gloves signed by Jake La Motta, a free NYC Helicopter Ride for two, Flip Cams and VIP tours of the Intrepid.

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River to River Festival

The Elevated Acre
55 Water St.
New York, NY
Rise above it all at this fabulous Monday night film festival at the Elevated Acre. Be sure to catch The Runway on July 2nd.

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Central Park

Sheep Meadow
New York, New York
While the actual films aren’t announced yet, make room on your calendar for the Central Park Film Festival from Aug. 21 through 25. Check back in mid-July for more details.

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