Upscale Outdoor Movies
Summer Movies Night at Mad46
Roosevelt Hotel Rooftop
45 East 45th St @ Madison Ave
Select Tuesday Nights
There are lots of outdoor movie screening all over the city this summer, but if you’re looking to enjoy a movie outside without lying on a blanket, make sure to check out the rooftop movie screenings at the Roosevelt Hotel. There is tableside waitress service with reserved seating during movies. At each screening, they offer drink specials, themed cocktails, movie inspired music, complimentary tastings, and giveaways.
June 10 – Caddyshack
June 24 – Man of Steel
July 8 – Rocky
July 22 – Little Shop of Horrors
August 5 – Skyfall
August 19 – Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl
Calling All Spielberg Fans
Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
Select Wednesday Nights
This summer the Museum of Jewish Heritage has chosen a theme for its summer movie screenings — all things Steven Spielberg. These screenings will be held indoors at the downtown museum, offering a good solution for rainy summer nights. You can also spend some time visiting the museum’s summer exhibitions before the movie, especially its permanent exhibition Garden of Stones by artist Andy Goldsworthy. This outdoor garden has trees growing from large stones, many planted by Holocaust survivors and their families.
June 15 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 2 – Saving Private Ryan
July 9 – Jurassic Park
July 16 – Amistad
July 23 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 30 – Schindler’s List
August 6 – Jaws
August 13 – Teen Movie Night – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Outdoor Movie, Frozen Margaritas, and a Taco Truck
757 Fulton St. @ S. Portland Ave
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Every Sunday May 11 – October 26
Habana Outpost in Brooklyn is the first restaurant in New York City that uses 100% solar energy. Brightly colored, with a large outdoor eating area, this eco-friendly Mexican restaurant screens movies in the backyard every Sunday. It gets pretty crowded; most people go there to enjoy some frozen margaritas and grilled corn. After placing your order inside, you take your drinks and find a seat. Your food is prepared in a full-sized food truck in the back. It is a truly Brooklyn spot.
HBO Comes to Bryant Park
Summer Film Festival
Every Monday June 23 – August 18
HBO will be screening a variety of different movies in Bryant Park this summer. You can grab some Shake Shack to go and pick a spot on the lawn, which will open at 5 p.m. every Monday evening. The screenings will begin at sunset, usually between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is a great choice if you are looking for a picnic-style outdoor movie experience.
June 16 – Saturday Night Fever
June 23 – The Mark of Zorro
June 30 – A Soilder’s Story
July 7 – Blazing Saddles
July 14 – Suddenly Last Summer
July 21 – National Lampoon’s Vacation
July 28 – Key Largo
August 4 – The Karate Kid
August 11 – Lover Come Back
August 18 – The Shining
River Flicks on the Hudson
Big Hit Wednesdays & Family Fridays
Pier 63 Lawn @ West St btwn 22nd St and 24th St
Select Wednesday & Fridays July 9 – August 22
Hudson River Park offers movie screenings for adults and families through July and August. Free popcorn is offered to all, with beverages and other snacks available for purchase. Pier 63 has lots of open lawn space, unique stone seating, and a pretty garden where you can enjoy watching the movie.
A list of movies and dates can be found on their website at www.riverflicks.com
Outdoor Opera Screenings
Summer in HD Film Festival
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Aug 23 – September 1
At the end of each summer, the Metropolitan Opera Guild hosts an outdoor film festival the week leading up to Labor Day. The guild chooses 10 performances from the past year and projects them onto an outdoor screen. It is an extremely romantic event, and it is recommended to get there early because it is a popular event. If you would like to purchase tickets and have reserved seating, you can attend their pre-screening lectures that run from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. before each event. This allows you to go out to dinner before the film and skip fighting over a spot to sit. The 2014 schedule hasn’t been posted but will be available in June, at www.metfamilyopera.com
Scenes from the City
Central Park Film Festival
Enter the Park at East 72nd St
August 18 – August 22
Each year during the month of August, Central Park hosts a week of evening film screenings at Rumsey Playfield. This year the festival’s theme is “Scenes from Our City” and focuses on films in which New York City plays a prominent role. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., giving you time to picnic and find a good place to sit.
August 18 – Big
August 19 – The Royal Tenenbaums
August 20 – The Way We Were
August 21 – Ghostbusters
August 22 – Rear Window
Underground Movies Outdoors
May 29 – August 14
Rooftop Films is a New York-based non-profit organization that shows independent movies in outdoor locations, produces new films, and rents equipment at low cost to artists. This summer with mark their 18th annual Summer Series, which will include feature-length films and programs of shorts, all new and all independent. Many of their screenings will also include a Q&A with the filmmakers as well, and they work hard to pair films with venues, and audiences with artists so that each event is unique and memorable.
To find the full schedule and list of films visit their website at www.rooftopfilms.com. Venues are spread out across the entire city, and ticket pricing and start times will differ for each event.
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