Outdoor Summer Movie Guide

The rooftop deck of Yotel in New York City during their outdoor movie event at night.
Photo Credit: Yotel Facebook

There’s something special about grabbing a picnic blanket, your favorite snacks, and watching a movie outdoors in New York City. While it may feel like summer is flying by, you’ll be pleased to know there’s still a solid month left of outdoor films to be enjoyed in the city! From cinema rooftop clubs to movies in public parks, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy a movie under the moonlight this summer.

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Take a Seat

For a complete roundup of every single film being shown outdoors this summer, head on over to Thrillist and check out their comprehensive movie guide. This is perfect if you have a specific date in mind to see an outdoor film, but aren’t sure which venues are showing various options.

Keep in mind that the more well known the venue, the more crowded it’s likely to be. For instance, outdoor films shown during the Monday night HBO Film Series at Bryant Park start filling up at 5pm for an 8pm movie (and the lawn is 100% packed, every single week). At lesser known area, such as Astoria Park in Queens, you can roll up at 7:59 for an 8pm showing and still get a great view with plenty of space!

Two glasses of Peroni and a bowl of popcorn at the Eataly outdoor movie event.
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For A Luxury Outdoor Film Experience

One of our favorite luxury rooftop events to partake in is the Peroni Movie Series at Eataly. The third Saturday of each month, the Italian beer brand Peroni will team up with the iconic Flatiron culinary folks at Eataly to transform the rooftop into an open theater. Your ticket will include unlimited popcorn with an Italian twist (think: cacio e pepe), along with Peroni brews. Plenty of other cocktail concoctions and vino pours will be available for purchase, as well. The films on tap this year are Romeo and Juliet, Taxi Driver, Roman Holiday, and La Grande Bellezza.

If arriving hours early for a place on the lawn isn’t your idea of a fun Friday night, check out the Rooftop Cinema Club, hosted at Yotel in Midtown Manhattan. Yotel has the largest rooftop terrace in NYC, making it the perfect spot to see an outdoor film. You can go expecting high quality headphones, comfortable seating, delicious snacks and refreshing drinks, blankets in case there’s a late summer chill, and an impeccable line-up of cult classics for the rest of summer 2017!

A nightly outdoor movie at Yotel in New York City on their rooftop deck.
Photo Credit: Yotel Facebook

If you’re taking your date out on a special evening, take advantage of their Rooftop Love Seats – which are designed for two people, and include a shared double deckchair, bottomless popcorn, Prosecco, and a comfy pillow – perfect for summertime relaxation.

Movies being shown this season include Ryan Gosling favorites, such as La La Land and Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as timeless classics everyone loves, such as Grease, Top Gun, and Dirty Dancing.

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Outdoor Movies… at Home!

If spending the night at home is more to your taste, try heading to the roof of your apartment building. Glenwood residents can take advantage of  buildings that offer exquisite rooftop sundecks and gardens.  

The AndoverThe Belmont, and The Regent feature rooftop sun decks that act as your own outdoor movie area, as well! With that being said, grab your iPad, a set of headphones, and enjoy the show!

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