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NYC Summer Movies: Our Top 5 Favorite Venues
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NYC Summer Movies: Our Top 5 Favorite Venues

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Updated: 4 January 2017
Grab a blanket and some picnic eats! For movie lovers and nature lovers alike, the summer cinema series is back in New York City’s favorite parks, drawing in eclectic crowds from all five boroughs. Take a look at our top five outdoor movie events taking place in summer 2015.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Set against the backdrop of the Financial District’s stunning view, Brooklyn Bridge Park easily finds itself at the top of the list. With the evolution of the movie series growing since the Pier 1 construction finished in 2010, the event has grown into a robust party with Brooklyn Radio DJs kicking things off at 6 pm and movies beginning at dusk. The 2015 film selection features classics such as Friday, Dr. Strangelove, Dazed and Confused and Die Hard. Thursday from 6 pm in July and August.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 222-9939

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Riverside Park

Summer on the Hudson is filled with panoramic views of the Hudson and Jersey City skyline. Riverside Park offers actual chairs, albeit only 250 on a first-come-first-serve basis, so spaces are limited. BYO chair to avoid having to come early and defend valuable chair real estate. Speaking of holding on to your butt, this year’s line-up includes Jurassic Park as well as The Great Gatsby, The Natural and Pride and Prejudice. Wednesday evenings, July through mid-August.

Riverside Park, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (212) 870-3070

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McCarren Park

Be sure to check out the unofficial hipster meet-up at Summer Screen in Williamsburg. At McCarren Park, expect fun, in-the-know crowds, well versed in the film industry. Live music and food vendors will be spotted throughout the park. Bonus points for the event’s audience vote for the final screening through their Facebook page. Doors open at 6 pm, and the films screen at sundown. This season, cult classics will be played including Clueless, Labyrinth and Wet Hot American Summer. Wednesdays from 6 pm, July-August.

McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (718) 218-2380

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Bryant Park

Arrive early as thousands flock to this midtown Monday night screening as Bryant Park reaches a capacity limit quickly. The Festival’s June 28th kick-off will be happening on the Fountain Terrace from 11:30 am until 3 pm and will feature live music by The Engagements and free giveaways. Ghostbusters, Marathon Man and Back to The Future will be showing on Mondays from 5 pm, June-August.

Bryant Park, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 768-4242

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Central Park

The 35th Central Park Conservatory Film Festival will feature films from 1980 (the year of the festival’s conception). Enter the park at 72nd Street at Central Park West or Fifth Avenue. The DJ will spin at the turntable from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, while movies begin at 8 pm. Festival line-up includes: Fame, The Blues Brothers, Airplane! and Raging Bull. August 25th-29th from 6:30 pm.

Central Park, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 310-6600