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Summer Cinema

Catch movies on the big screen in the city all summer long on rooftops, in parks and even with views of the skyline as a picturesque backdrop.

New Yorkers sprawled on the lawn for Hudson River Flicks.

Syfy Movies with a View
The metropolis has long been a subject of romance and fancy in the arts, a subject that will be explored in depth with this year’s festival at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The series theme is “With Love From…” and will feature a selection of films with iconic locations, spanning the globe from Rome to San Francisco. Films begin at sunset, but while you’re waiting you can enjoy DJ sets curated by Brooklyn Radio, highlighting artists from each of the cities. The festival runs July 11 to Aug. 29.
WE'RE MOST EXCITED FOR Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, July 11; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, July 25; Roman Holiday, Aug. 8; Vertigo, Aug. 22
DETAILS 334 Furman St., 718.222.9939, brooklynbridgepark.org

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Now in its twenty-first year, this series is known for presenting the best of the classics. Every film screens on 35mm film, adding to the nostalgia of a festival already steeped in tradition. There is plenty to do until the film begins at sundown—food vendors include ’wichcraft, the Bryant Park Grill and Café and selections from the Hester Street Fair. The festival runs June 17 to Aug. 19.
WE'RE MOST EXCITED FOR Tootsie, June 17; The African Queen, July 22; E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Aug. 19
DETAILS 41 W. 40th St., 212.512.5700, hbo.com/hbobryantparkfilmfestival

River Flicks at Hudson River Park
Children and adults alike will delight in this selection of films targeted at each audience. The adult series, held each Wednesday at Pier 63, features 2012 blockbusters while the children’s festival, screening Fridays at Pier 46, spans classic family favorites to present-day films. The festival runs July 10 to August 23.
WE'RE MOST EXCITED FOR For Grown-Ups: Silver Linings Playbook, July 10; Argo, July 24; Moonrise Kingdom, Jul 31; The Hunger Games, Aug. 21. For Kids: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, July 26; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Aug. 2; Beetlejuice, Aug. 16
DETAILS Pier 63 W. 23rd St., Pier 46 Charles St./West St., 212.627.2121, riverflicks.com

Celebrate Brooklyn!
Located in the heart of Prospect Park, the bandshell is perhaps best known for its eclectic summer music selections, ranging from park fundraisers to free concerts. However, the Celebrate Brooklyn! summer programming also includes several film selections accompanied by a live score performed at the venue.
WE'RE MOST EXCITED FOR Dracula with score by Philip Glass and Kishi Bashi, July 13; Beasts of the Southern Wild with score by Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer, Aug. 8
DETAILS 62 West Drive, 718.683.5600, bricartsmedia.org

Rooftop Films
“Underground Movies Outdoors” is the tagline for this summer festival, and it is eminently appropriate—the festival aims to expose under-recognized independent films by screening them at outdoor venues around the boroughs. Selections range from shorts to feature-length films and traverse a variety of genres: documentary, animation, drama and comedy, among others. Screenings began in April and run through Aug. 17.
WE'RE MOST EXCITED FOR New York Non-Fiction, June 14; Sundance Festival Shorts, July 12; Awful Nice, Aug. 9
DETAILS Locations around New York, 718.417.7362, rooftopfilms.com