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by Jonathan Zeller, 06/08/2011

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Summer in New York City is paradise for the stingy cinephile. In addition to new releases at multiplexes and art houses throughout the five boroughs, the warmer months bring free outdoor screenings of huge hits and cult classics, shown in some of the City's most striking settings. These include the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, a 30-foot-high plaza in the thick of the Lower Manhattan skyline—and the Coney Island boardwalk, where NYC & Company stages its own succession of Flicks on the Beach.

With so many free movie series taking place throughout the season, it can be hard to keep track of what's playing when; so we've taken the liberty of assembling a schedule below, organized by day of the week. There's sure to be something you'll want to see—especially if you're into Jurassic Park, Rosemary's Baby or Saturday Night Fever, showing at least twice each—and you can't beat the price. Just open your calendar, choose a few of your favorites and get ready to soak up the singular pleasures of film in the fresh air.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
July 11: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
July 18: Rango (2011)
August 1: Iron Man 2 (2010)
August 8: Annie Hall (1977)
August 22: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
August 29: How She Move (2008)
September 10: Top Gun (1986)
September 17: Moonstruck (1987)

Monday
Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre
June 20: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
June 27: The Godfather: Part II (1974)
July 11: The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
June 20: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
June 27: The 39 Steps (1935)
July 4: Easy Rider (1969)
July 11: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
July 18: In the Heat of the Night (1967)
July 25: The Lady Eve (1941)
August 1: Cool Hand Luke (1967)
August 8: Airplane! (1980)
August 15: High Sierra (1941)
August 22: Dirty Harry (1971)

Tuesday
Summer Movie Nights at Mad46 Rooftop Lounge
June 27 (Monday): Dirty Dancing (1987)
July 5: The Social Network (2010)
July 19: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
August 2: Sex and the City (2008)
August 16: Grease (1978)
August 30: Ocean's Eleven (2001)
September 13: 54 (1998)
September 27: Casablanca (1942)

Wednesday
SummerScreen at McCarren Park
July 6: Friday (1995)
July 13: Wayne's World (1992)
July 20: Ghost World (2001)
July 27: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
August 3: Clueless (1995)
August 10: Jurassic Park (1993)

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park 
July 6: Claremont-Ferrand short films
July 13: Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
July 20: Caramel (2007)
July 27: The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
August 3: The Straight Story (1999)
August 10: At the Edge of Russia (2010)
August 17: Biutiful (2010)
August 24: Backyard Band/with Silent Film Festival

Hudson RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups
July 6: The Social Network (2010)
July 13: Easy A (2010)
July 20: The Kids Are All Right (2010)
July 27: The Other Guys (2010)
August 3: The Fighter (2010)
August 10: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
August 17: The Town (2010)

Thursday
EPIX Movie Free-For-All at Tompkins Square Park
June 30: Raging Bull (1980)
July 7: Coming to America (1988)
July 14: The Warriors (1979)
July 21: Star Trek (2009)
July 28: Arthur (1981)
August 4: The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
August 11: Kick-Ass (2010)
August 18: Rosemary's Baby (1968)
August 25: The Godfather (1972)
September 1: Stake Land (2010)

Brooklyn Bridge Park Syfy Movies with a View
July 7: Manhattan (1979)
July 14: Ghostbusters (1984)
July 21: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
July 28: Basquiat (1996)
August 4: An American Tail (1986)
August 11: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
August 18: Crooklyn (1994)
August 25: Rosemary's Baby (1968)
September 1: Movie to be chosen by public vote

Friday
Intrepid Summer Movie Series
June 24: Spider-Man (2002)
July 8: The Goonies (1985)
July 22: Back to the Future (1985)
August 5: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
August 19: Jurassic Park (1993)

Hudson RiverFlicks for Kids
July 8: The Karate Kid (2010)
July 15: Despicable Me (2010)
July 22: The Princess Bride (1987)
July 29: Toy Story 3 (2010)
August 5: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
August 12: Shrek Forever After (2010)
August 19: Tangled (2010)

Movies Under The Stars at Snug Harbor Cultural Center
July 8: Mars Attacks (1996)
July 15: Antz (1998)
July 22: Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
July 29: Moonstruck (1987) 

Saturday
Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series
June 25: Iron Man 2 (2010)
July 9: The Goonies (1985)
July 23: Star Trek (2009)
August 6: Up (2009)
August 20: Tron: Legacy (2010)
September 3: The Incredibles (2004)

Sunday
Movies Under the Stars at Habana Outpost
June 12: Selena (1997)
June 19: Krush Groove (1985)
June 26: Above the Law (1988)
July 3: Grease (1978)
July 10: Roller Boogie (1979)
July 17: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
July 24: Breakin' (1984)
July 31: Dirty Dancing (1987)
August 7: Heathers (1988)
August 14: Risky Business (1983)
August 21: St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
August 28: Purple Rain (1984)
September 4: Teen Wolf (1985)
September 11: Blues Brothers (1980)
September 18: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
September 25: The Harder They Come (1972)
October 2: Five Easy Pieces (1970) 
October 9: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
October 16: Gremlins (1984)
October 23: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
October 31 (Monday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
    West 10th St.
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224
  2. 2
    Elevated Acre
    55 Water St
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY
  3. 3
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY
  1. 4
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY
  2. 5
    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway; mail: P.O. Box 6259
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  3. 6
    Tompkins Square Park
    Ave. A between 7th and 10th Sts.
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY
  1. 7
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  2. 8
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  3. 9
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217

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