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Summer Movies Outdoors in New York City

Enjoy free movies beneath the NYC skies at one of these outdoor locations

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Summer in New York City means that once again you can enjoy a variety of free movies beneath the stars in New York City. Each of these film festivals offers visitors and New Yorkers a chance to watch a movie, as well as enjoy some of New York City's best outdoor scenery -- from skylines to parks.

1. Bryant Park Summer Film Series

Audience Enjoying Movie in Bryant Park
Audience Enjoying Movie in Bryant Park

Enjoy classic films under the stars from June through August at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. It's always a great scene -- lots of New Yorkers picnicking and enjoying summer in the city -- followed by classic and even some contemporary films.

2. RiverFlicks

Every Wednesday and Friday in July and August, enjoy free movies under the stars. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8-8:30 p.m.) and there is even free popcorn available (beverages and other snacks are for sale).

3. Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars

Movies Under the Stars in Riverside Park South

Free movies are being shown on Pier 1 in Riverside Park South on Wednesday evenings in July and August.

4. Movies with a View: Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Film Series

This free series features films and music on Thursdays in July and August. Pre-movie music begins at 6 and the movies begin at sunset.

5. Central Park Film Festival

Central Park Film Festival
Courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

In late August enjoy five nights of films under the stars in Central Park. Every year the films are chosen around a theme and are screened nightly on Sheep Meadow in Central Park.

6. Celebrate Brooklyn Movies & Music Series

This series of movies feature soundtracks performed live by a variety of musical acts. Free performances take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but a $3 donation is suggested.

7. Rooftop Films

This eclectic series runs from May through September and includes everything from independently produced animation to documentary films about New Yorkers. Screenings feature music at 8 p.m., followed by a series of short films beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. The good news is that even if it rains, the movies will be shown at an indoor space in the same location.

8. Outdoor Cinema

Head to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens for the 15th Annual Festival of International Film, Music, Dance and Food. On Wednesday nights from July 3-August 21 enjoy live performances beginning at 7 p.m. followed by film screenings at dusk, all while experiencing a great view of the Manhattan skyline.

9. Intrepid Free Summer Movie Series

On select Friday nights from June 21-August23, catch free movie screenings on the pier at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum overlooking the Hudson River. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and films begin at sunset.

10. Red Hook Flicks

On Tuesday evenings July 9 - August 27, 2013 catch movies on the Valentino Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In the event of rain, events will be held at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.

11. Summer on the Roof of the Czech Center

On Tuesday evenings June - September, enjoy movies on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. Hosted by the Czech Center, all films are in Czech with English subtitles. In the event of in climate weather, films will be shown in the theater on the 1st floor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk.

12. Summerscreen

Since 2005, folks have been enjoying Summerscreen. On Wednesdays from July 10 - August 14, 2013 catch films in McCarren Park with performances by live bands.

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