Free Summer Movies

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by Jonathan Zeller, 05/15/2012

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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 even—why not?—the deck of an aircraft carrier.

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 Top Gun, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Princess Bride, which will be screened twice each. 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. 

Monday
Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre
June 18: Stella Days (2011)
June 25: Collaborator (2011)
July 9: Side by Side (2012)

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
June 18: Psycho (1960)
June 25: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
July 2: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
July 9: On The Waterfront (1954)
July 16: Roman Holiday (1953)
July 23: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
July 30: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
August 6: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
August 13: All About Eve (1950)
August 20: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
July 2: Ghostbusters (1984)
July 9: Edge of the City: Underground NY Shorts by the Sea
July 14 (Saturday): Bound for Glory (1976)
July 16: Manhattan (1979)
July 23: The Muppets (2011)
July 30: Girl Walk // All Day (2011)
August 6: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Tuesday
Summer Movie Nights at Mad46 Rooftop Lounge
June 5: Man on a Ledge (2012)
June 19: A Bronx Tale (1993)
June 26: Jaws (1975)
July 17: Batman (1989)
July 31: Rocky II (1979)
August 7: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
August 21: Dirty Dancing (1987)
September 19 (Wednesday): Grease (1978)
September 26 (Wednesday): Casablanca (1942)
October 10 (Wednesday): Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market
July 10: Rango (2011)
July 24: Ratatouille (2007)
August 7: Inocente (2012)
August 12: Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Wednesday
Summerscreen at McCarren Park
July 11: Cruel Intentions (1999)
July 18: Raising Arizona (1987)
July 25: Dirty Dancing (1987)
August 1: The Princess Bride (1987)
August 8: Top Gun (1986)
August 15: Audience Pick

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park
July 4: The American Experience (a collection of short films)
July 11: Soul Kitchen (2009)
July 18: Lemonade Joe (1964)
July 25: Her Master's Voice (2012)
August 1: Senna (2010)
August 8: Summer Wars (2009)
August 15: Certified Copy (2010)
August 22: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...And Spring (2003)

Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups at Pier 63
July 11: Moneyball (2011)
July 18: Super 8 (2011)
July 25: Bridesmaids (2011)
August 1: Limitless (2011)
August 8: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
August 15: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
August 22: Horrible Bosses (2011)

Mel Brooks on Film: The Spoof Is in the Pudding at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (indoors)
June 27: Blazing Saddles (1974)
July 11: Young Frankenstein (1974)
July 18: Silent Movie (1976)
July 25: High Anxiety (1977)
August 1: History of the World Part I (1981)
August 8: To Be or Not to Be (1983)

Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars at Pier I, Riverside Park South
July 11: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
July 18: The Flying Scotsman (2006)
July 25: Quicksilver (1986)
August 1: Amelie (2001)
August 8: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
August 15: The Triplets of Bellville (2003)

Thursday
Brooklyn Bridge Park Syfy Movies with a View
July 5: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
July 12: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
July 19: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
July 26: Clueless (1995)
August 2: Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
August 9: Barefoot in the Park (1967)
August 16: The Big Chill (1983)
August 23: Unforgiven (1992)
August 30: Audience Pick

Films in Tompkins Square Park
June 28: Taxi Driver (1976)
July 5: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
July 12: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
July 19: Summer of Sam (1999)
July 26: Goldfinger (1964)
August 2: Donnie Darko (2001)
August 9: The Big Lebowski (1998)
August 16: Poltergeist (1982)


St. George Film Series
July 26: The Natural (1984)
August 9: Field of Dreams (1989)
August 16: The Sandlot (1993)

Friday
Intrepid Summer Movie Series
May 25: Top Gun (1986)
July 13: Spider-Man (2002)
July 20: Star Trek (2009)
July 27: The Muppets (2011)
August 3: Jurassic Park (1993)
August 17: The Goonies (1985)

Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks for Kids at Pier 46
July 13: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
July 20: Superman (1978)
July 27: Hugo (2011)
August 3: Puss in Boots (2011)
August 10: Rango (2011)
August 17: Back to the Future (1985)
August 24: The Smurfs (2011)

Films on the Green (French films)
June 1: OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies (2006)
June 8: The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011)
June 15: War of the Buttons (1962)
June 22: The Axe (2005)
June 29: Donkey Skin (1970)
July 6: Tell No One (2006)
July 13: Persepolis (2007)
September 6 (Thursday): Jules and Jim (1962)

Target Passport Fridays at the Queens Museum of Art
July 6: When the Drum is Beating (2011)
July 13: Alamar (2009)
July 20: Suite Habana (2003)
July 27: Microphone (2010)
August 3: Fire in Babylon (2010)
August 10: Dend dai dei yu (Fishing Luck) (2005)
August 17: Santo Domingo Blues: Los Tígueres de la Bachata (2004)
August 24: Cayo (2005)

Saturday
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Outdoor Summer Movie Series (pdf)
June 30: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
July 7: Grease (1978)
July 20 (Friday): Tangled (2010)
July 21: The Help (2011)
August 4: The Lion King (1994)
August 11: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sony Wonder Technology Lab (indoors)
Call 212-833-8100 to make reservations.
May 19: Vanishing of the Bees (2009), Men in Black (1997)
May 26: The Adventures of Tintin (2011), The Woman in Black (2012)
June 9: Battle Los Angeles (2011)
June 16: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
June 23: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengance (2011)
June 30: The Artist (2011)

Sunday
Movies Under the Stars at Habana Outpost
May 20: The Warriors (1979)
May 27: House Party (1990)
June 3: Do the Right Thing (1989)
June 10: West Side Story (1961)
June 17: Fists of Fury (1971)
June 24: Jaws (1975)
July 1: The Karate Kid (1984)
July 8: Wayne's World (1992)
July 15: White Men Can't Jump (1992)
July 22: The Princess Bride (1987)
July 29: Coming to America (1988)
August 5: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
August 12: The Preacher's Wife (1996)
August 19: St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
August 26: Billy Elliot (2000)
September 2: Mary Poppins (1964)
September 9: Superman II (1980)
September 16: Friday (1995)
September 23: Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
September 30: Pulp Fiction (1994)
October 7: Goodfellas (1990)
October 14: Major League (1989)
October 21: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
October 28: Ghostbusters (1984)

Various Days
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
August 21: Do The Right Thing (1989)
August 22: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
August 23: The Big Lebowski (1998)
August 24: Animal House (1978)
August 25: Viewer's Choice—Coming to America (1988) or Clerks (1994)

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Elevated Acre
    55 Water St
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY
  2. 2
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY
  3. 3
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY
  1. 4
    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway; mail: P.O. Box 6259
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  2. 5
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  3. 6
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  1. 7
    Hudson River Park, Pier 46
    Charles St
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10014
  2. 8
    Roosevelt Island
    591 Main St.
    Roosevelt Island – Roosevelt Island
    NY 10044
  3. 9
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217

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