MOVIES IN BRYANT PARK
BRYANT PARK SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL ▼Free.
The Lawn at Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. between 40- 42 Sts.
Mondays from June 22 – Aug. 24. 5 p.m.
Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and go on over to Bryant Park to watch movie classics at this year’s HBO-Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, presented by Bank of America. The lawn opens for seating at 5 p.m and the movies begin at dusk, usually between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. No chairs, tables, dogs, plastic sheets, tarps, bags, or pads are permitted on the lawn. You can park your bike for free at the Pétanque Courts (6th Ave. and 41st Street). Check website for schedule.
SHIP SHAPE MOVIES ON THE WATER
THE INTrePID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUMFree
Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets filled with food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy movies with a hero theme. Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at sunset, weather permitting. Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, and there is no admission after 8:30pm. Films on tap this summer include “October Sky” on July 9, “Moon” on July 16 and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on July 23.
THE BARD IN THE PARK
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKFree
The Public Theater.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
The Public Theater presents the Shakespeare classic fairytale "Cymbeline", in which Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons, swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
FILMS FOR FREEDOM
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL Ticket prices vary
IFC Center at 323 Sixth Ave., at Third Street.
June 11-June 21.
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings human rights abuses to life through storytelling in a way that challenges viewers. Among this year’s screenings are “Burden of Peace,” which follows Guatemala’s first female attorney general on her fight to jail criminals and corrupt politicians; “No Land’s Song,” about the struggle female Iranian singers face under Islamic rule, and “Trials of Spring,” which focus on the obstacles three women face trying to attain the original goals of the Arab Spring – bread, freedom and social justice. Films also screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
MOVIES AT RIVERSIDE
▲ SUMMER ON THE HUDSON PICTURE SHOW Free
NYC Parks Department
Pier 1 Riverside Park South
July 1-Aug. 13
Every Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Bring the kids, the dog, a blanket and a picnic basket for these weekly movies at dusk in Riverside Park through the summer. This year’s schedule includes Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands, The Natural, Moonrise Kingdom, Great Gatsby and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. It’s on a first-come, first-served basis and organizers say the lawn generally fills up by 7:30, so arrive early.
WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER
SIGNATURE THEATRE AT PERSHING SQUARE $25
480 W. 42nd St.
If Broadway ticket prices get you down, drop on over to the Signature Theatre for playwright A.R. Gurney’s tale of a woman desperately trying to keep her family together with her husband overseas at the end of WWII. Expecting a quiet summer on Lake Eire, she encounters anything but.
POPCORN ON THE PIER
HUDSON RIVERFLICKS ▼Free
Friends of Hudson River Park
Pier 63 at W. 23rd St.
Wednesdays from July 7 – Aug. 19. 8:30 p.m.
Come on over to Chelsea’s Pier 63 on Wednesday evenings to see some your favorite films from last year on the big screen by the river – and get some free popcorn. Among the films slated for Big Hit Wednesdays this year are “The Imitation Game” on July 8; “Selma” on July 22 and Bill Murray as an unorthodox baby sitter in “St. Vincent.” Bring blankets and a picnic basket. Popcorn is free; drinks and other snacks for sale.
FESTIVAL OF NEW JAPANESE FILM Ticket prices vary
333 E. 47th St.
Check website for full schedule
The Japan Society’s JAPAN CUTS, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, makes its ninth annual appearance with a stunning array of cinema made in and around Japan. This year’s slate focuses on the rebellious edge of contemporary Japan, including anime, documentary, avant-garde and new classics. Some screenings will allow audience members to interact with filmmakers and actors after the performances.