When times is tough

July 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

go see a free movie!

With the help of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (which I like to imagine is run in very similar fashion to the one in a certain small town in Indiana), I have compiled this handy calendar of free outdoor summer movies. If one so desired, it is theoretically possibly to see a movie in a New York park at least every week night from now through the end of August.

Some of the kids’ movies like WALL-E, Madagascar, Megamind and The Karate Kid show up more than twice (and for some reason Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is being shown on not one but two separate occasions), but for the most part there’s a wide range of the best old movies (e.g. Back to the Future, Jurassic Park) and more recent ones (e.g. The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter). Free popcorn is also available at some of these but in some cases might just be for the kiddies. Don’t get greedy!

For the list inclined, all of the free outdoor movie series I could find (thus far):

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (every Monday through August 22 at Bryant Park)
Movies Under the Stars (every Monday through August 18 at Cunningham Park in Queens)
Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (every Monday through August 29 at West 10th Street, Coney Island)
Red Hook Summer Movies (every Tuesday through September 13 at Valentino Pier)
Movies Under the Bridge (three Tuesdays – August 16 through August 30 – at Little Bay Park in Queens)
Summer on the Hudson: Terror Through the Decades (horror movies every Wednesday through August 17 at Riverside Park South, Pier I in Manhattan)
SummerStarz (kids’ movies every Wednesday through August 17 at East River State Park in Brooklyn)
McCarren Park SummerScreen (every Wednesday through August 10 at Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street in Brooklyn)
Socrates Sculpture Park, Outdoor Cinema 2011 (every Wednesday through August 24 at Vernon Blvd and Broadway in Queens)
Parks’ Outdoor Summer Movies (movies every Wednesday through Saturday through September 1 at various locations)
Hudson River Park (every Wednesday and Friday through August 19)
Films in Tompkins (every Thursday through September 1 at Tompkins Square Park)
Friday Night Movies (four Fridays of movies through August 19 at the Narrows Botanical Garden in Brooklyn)
Intrepid Free Summer Movie Series (every other Friday from July 8 – August 19 at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue)
Films on the Green Festival (French-themed movies on Friday, July 15 and Thursday, September 8 at Riverside Park South, Pier I)
Old Stone House presents Brooklyn Film Works Short Film Concerts (three Saturdays in July at the Old Stone House)
Movie Nights on the Beach (this series is aptly named considering there’s only one scheduled so far, film TBA: Sunday, August 14 at Rockaway Beach, Beach 108th Street in Queens)

Central Park is hosting its 9th annual Film Festival in Rumsey Playfield August 23 through 27. The films haven’t been announced yet but will all somehow be related to the theme “great music”.

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