New York’s Outdoor Film Screenings

August 1, 2016/ by Olivia Ramirez

We’re half way through the summer, and outdoor film festivals are coming to an end. Don’t worry, we’ve done some research for you! With so many great outdoor spaces across New York, you’ve got plenty of opportunities left to escape into a story. Take your pick!

Hudson RiverFlicks at Pier 63

Bring a blanket and get comfortable along the Hudson. Pier 63 has got an epic lineup in store, including films like The Hunger Games and The Martian. Action films on the waterfront? Talk about a backdrop!

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Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park’s Hudson RiverFlicks Series

Bryant Park Film Festival

Bryant Park is a quintessential spot to enjoy some boxed wine and Trader Joe’s snacks with the company of good friends. There are four screenings left at the park, and the season’s finishing strong with a screening of Star Trek II. Live long and prosper!

SummerScreen at McCarren Park

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Photo courtesy of SummerScreen at McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

SummerScreen began in 2006 with a screening of Do The Right Thing, and since then people have flocked to Greenpoint, Brooklyn to enjoy modern and nostalgic films alongside trendy food vendors and live music. This year, SummerScreen showed films like 10 Things I Hate About You, The Royal Tenenbaums and Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. SummerScreen always closes out the season with an audience pick. This year’s winner? Catch Almost Famous on August 10th.

Maysles Cinema Mondays at Nowadays

From the creators of Mister Sunday, Nowadays is a little known gem in Ridgewood, Queens (just off the Halsey L!). If you’re looking for more of an indie, underground variety, they’ve got you covered. With films like This is Spinal Tap, The Legend of Eddie Aikau and Monterey Pop, Nowadays has curated an intimate, arthouse experience in their backyard themed oasis.

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Photo of Muhammad and Larry courtesy of Nowadays in Ridgewood, Queens

Films at Tompkins Square Park

Grab some pierogis from Veselka and head over to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Up next in the series of cult classics presented by Howl! Arts is Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance and Bolton & Watt’s Romeo + Juliet. Nothing like a story of complicated romance under the New York sky!

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Looking for a serious Monday night adventure? Take the NR train to the last stop in Brooklyn, and catch a film on the beach! It’s New York. Anything is possible!

Our list of summer film screenings could go on and on. With so many lush parks in New York, there’s bound to be an outdoor film festival in your neighborhood. Embrace these magical summer nights under the New York City stars.

Just don’t forget the bug spray.

Cover photo courtesy of Nowadays.