Outdoor Movies NYC: Your Guide to NYC Free Summer Films

Crowds at the  Bryant Park Film Festival attending free movie screenings.

There are more free NYC street festivals, concert series, and NYC outdoor movies these days than we can keep track of, which is great news, of course, because what could be better than grabbing the kids, or a crew of friends, or that special someone and enjoying this beautiful city at night, outside, with top-notch entertainment alongside thousands of neighbors? Not much. Man, we love this place. Anyway, here's a look at a few of the best NYC Outdoor Movies 2012, held all over town, and guaranteed to be a fun time.   

Crowds run to grab a good spot at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival series.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2012 

The grandaddy of them all, the Bryant Park free summer film series is celebrating its 20th year, and with its usual crowd-pleasing line-up of classics and handy midtown after-work location, it's likely to be as crazy popular as ever. Psycho opens the series next next Monday, June 18, and Raiders of the Lost Ark ends it on August 20. Other highlights include The Wizard of Oz (July 2) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (June 25). Above photo by Jason Kuffer. Click here for a complete schedule and other info

Free movie night at a rooftop in Manhattan by Rooftop Films.

Rooftop Films 2012 

"Underground Movies Outdoors" is the motto of this non-profit, fiercely independent series that began as a sort of guerrilla operation, co-opting industrial rooftops for rogue screenings of friends' movies, and is now a legit operation with 14 venues in four boroughs (sorry, Staten Island) and a jaw-droppingly diverse selection of shorts and feature-length films, none of which you're likely to have heard of before. Fort Greene Park, Dekalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Solar One near 23rd Street and the East River, and The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus are among the locations. Perfect for those "let's do something different" nights. More info and a full schedule here

Hudson River Flicks showing free movies at Pier 63 in Chelsea Manhattan.

Hudson River Park River Flicks 2012    

River Flicks actually encompasses two free film festivals: River Flicks for Grown Ups at Pier 63 in Chelsea, and River Flicks for Kids at Pier 46 in the West Village; both offer a solid line-up of relatively recent Hollywood blockbusters. For example, River Flicks for Kids 2012 begins on July 13 with Kung Fu Panda, and will be showing the likes of Hugo, Rango, and Back to the Future through August 24. River Flicks for Grown Ups 2012, meanwhile, gets things started on July 11 with Moneyball, and continues on through August 22 with such crowd-pleasers as Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, and Super 8. Here's all the info and the full River Flicks 2012 schedule

Huge crowds gathered for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Summer Films.

Movies With a View: Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Summer Films 2012 

Finally, the prettiest spot to see a free outdoor movies in NYC in 2012 has to be Brooklyn Bridge Park, which begins its annual Movies With a View series with ET on July 6, and ends it on August 30 with whichever of the following three film wins the "public vote:" Across the Universe, Shaun of the Dead, or Splendor in the Grass. The must-see here is clearly Wet Hot American Summer on August 2. Above photo by Julienne Schaer. For more info and a full schedule, go here.     

 

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