When the weather heats up, so does New York City’s festival season. Around this time each year, movie-loving locals forego Netflix in favor of starlit screenings across the city. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 places to catch a film—and a cool night breeze—this summer.
Outdoor Cinema, Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park
Wednesdays in July & August 2017
A New York City institution, Queens’ Outdoor Cinema turns its attentions outward, highlighting cultures from around the world. This year, the free international film fest will feature works from Greece, Sweden, Spain, and beyond, all in their original languages with English subtitles. The festival, which provides immersive movie-going experiences all summer long, complements each screening with regional cuisine and live music and entertainment celebrating the film’s country of origin.
Catering to Americans’ fascination with all things French, Films On The Green presents French cinema, complete with subtitles, sirens, and, if you plan ahead, beaucoup du vin rouge. This year marks the free festival’s 10th anniversary, and guest curators such as Isabella Rossellini and Wes Anderson and continental classics by Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and more will help celebrate the occasion.
Various locations in Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY, USA
Outdoor Movie Night on Randall’s Island | Courtesy of Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Through the end of August 2017
A low-budget indie flick screened on a luxury hotel’s rooftop? Only in New York City. Featuring movies, short films, and even Q&A sessions with the films’ contributors, Rooftop Films brings the best of independent cinema to 12 diverse venues, including Williamsburg’s trendy William Vale, across the city.
Missed the latest blockbusters when they were in theaters? At Hudson RiverFlicks, you’ll have another chance to catch breakout hits such as indie drama Moonlight, musical La La Land, and the action-packed Logan, but this time with free popcorn and waterfront views.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival l Feast of Music/Flickr
Through August 2017
It should come as no surprise that Brooklyn’s picturesque Prospect Park is home to not one, but two popular outdoor film series. At the music-focused BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, works ranging from Italian silent films to contemporary blockbusters will be presented with a unique twist: all screenings will feature live musical scores by local and international musicians.
As if rooftop views in New York City could get any better, this summer, Rooftop Cinema Club is bringing its deluxe film-watching experience to roofs around the city. Offering wireless headphones, adjustable deckchairs, and snuggle-safe love seats, this open-air series may ruin you for stale popcorn and sticky floors forever. Unsurprisingly, tickets to catch classics such as Fatal Attraction, indie hits such as Amélie, and foreign flicks, including Train to Busan, sell out fast, so film fanatics are advised to plan their visit in advance.
Brought to you by Prospect Park and Brooklyn’s favorite theater Nitehawk Cinema, A Summer Movie Under the Stars is the season’s best option for tot-toting movie fans. The festival’s family-friendly lineup was designed to highlight park themes, such as the Prospect Park Zoo, team sports, and more. Offering screenings of The Neverending Story, The Sandlot, Moonrise Kingdom, and more, this is one night out when you won’t need a sitter.