Outdoor Movie Screenings in Style

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer is not the season to be stuck inside. New York’s skyline comes to life as the sun retires after a long day, creating spectacular views throughout the city. But this sweeping scene is not the only sight to behold, as outdoor screenings throughout New York create extraordinary cinema experiences. This season, trade in the typical movie theater to enjoy an outdoor movie–whether on a park’s lawn, a rooftop or aboard a ship.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Officeops, 57 Thames Street

YOTEL, 570 10th Avenue

Comfy seating, cocktails and state-of-the-art wireless headphones deliver outstanding supporting performances in the shadow of Rooftop Cinema Club’s stars: blockbuster movies broadcast at rooftop venues. The international franchise operates two New York locations: Brooklyn’s OfficeOps Arts and Event Center rooftop and the YOTEL roof terrace in Manhattan. The OfficeOps location runs a bring-your-own venue, while the YOTEL’s rooftop terrace hosts a social drink and food experience, complete with a full-service bar starting at 5 p.m. on show nights. This summer’s lineup boasts an array of classics (Casablanca, Grease, The Godfather) and modern-day hits (La La Land, Mad Max: Fury Road, Moonlight).

Intrepid Museum’s Summer Movie Series

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th and 12th Avenue

For another high-flying movie series, consider the Intrepid’s free, six-film summer lineup. The museum inhabits the historic aircraft carrier docked at Pier 86 and hosts movie screenings under the stars with views of the skyline and the Hudson. The ship’s flight deck transforms into an outdoor theater to screen some of film’s greatest triumphs of yesterday and today. This year’s movies include The Martian and Back to the Future. Admission is free of charge and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rooftop Films 2017 Summer Series


Rooftop Films grants the brightest filmmakers of the future the opportunity to showcase their work at over 45 summer events. These indie film screenings are hosted at 13 unique outdoor locations throughout New York City. Venues include Elevated Acre—a park sandwiched between two towers that sits three stories above the ground—and The William Vale, a luxurious boutique hotel. This one-of-a-kind festival offers attendees more than just a movie. Events feature live music, performances, filmmaker question-and-answer sessions and after parties. 

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bryant Park

Looking for outdoor movie opportunities closer to the ground? HBO has free showings scheduled in Bryant Park on Monday nights throughout the summer. WeWork presents pre-show entertainment starting at 6 p.m. before the films roll at sunset. Some of the city’s top food vendors set up shop right on the park’s Fountain Terrace for each showing, offering film fanatics more than the typical popcorn to accompany the cinematic classics. Warner Brothers cartoons are also shown before each feature film as an added treat. Upcoming movies include All That Jazz, North by Northwest and Dirty Dancing.

Prospect Park 150: Catch A Summer Movie Under the Stars

The Long Meadow, Prospect Park

In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Prospect Park Alliance has partnered with Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office to put on four free outdoor movies throughout the summer. Pre-film live music plays at 7 p.m. before each screening. The film roster aims to highlight all Prospect Park has to offer, including its zoo, summer camps and little league baseball. Moonrise Kingdom and Zootopia are set to be screened in upcoming weeks.


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