Movies Under the Stars: Summer Outdoor Screenings in NYC

Catch hit films in Bryant Park, Central Park, McCarren Park and from other patches of grass and rooftops across the five boroughs.

It's that time of year. The weather's warm (at last) in New York and city dwellers begin spilling out into parks and onto rooftops to watch movies outside.

Popular annual series include the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (among this year's highlights: Ghostbusters, Footloose, Chinatown and Back to the Future); the Intrepid Summer Movie Series (sea, air and space-themed movies from the flight deck of the ship-based museum); McCarren Park's SummerScreen (showing Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Dirty Dancing, Jurassic Park and others); and the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival (showing Fame, Airplane! and Raging Bull, among others) are back this year.

Other popular movies screening across the city (some more than once) include Back to the Future II, Birdman, Boyhood, Casablanca, Dazed and Confused, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Goonies, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Grease, How to Train Your Dragon (and its sequel), The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Neighbors, Selma and Top Gun.

For less mainstream fare, check out the indie-focused Rooftop Films Summer Series and French movies playing in the Films on the Green series.

Many of these movies are free, but some make you pay for tickets (and pay more if you want perks). Similarly, most films begin playing at sunset, but the exact start time (when moviegoers are allowed into the venue and pre-movie activities that accompany some of the screenings occur) varies.

Check out the websites for each screening series below for more information about the cost, tickets and timing.

 

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