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New York City Film – Bee Reel: Go Outside Already!

Posted Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 10:51 am by Dash in Cultural Bees. More in United States

What are you doing looking for movie suggestions, when it’s so beautiful outside! It’s now officially summer, according to the scientists and everything, so the last thing you should be doing this weekend is hanging out in dark, artificial climate for two hours at a time. Plus, grilled hot dogs make way better snacks than stale popcorn and Milk Duds.

But, you may be saying to yourself, “I have to watch movies all the time and how can I see them when I’m outside?” Well, you’re in luck because few cities give you more and better options for watching films al fresco than New York. How jam packed is The Big Apple’s outdoor movie scene? It’s so big, you actually have to go to New Jersey to see some of them. Imagine that! Get the low down on the city’s best summer screenings below.

The king of outdoor theaters is Bryant Park, even if the film lineup isn’t as strong as in years past. (Although we do have our eye on the original Superman in August.) Still, you should get there early and well-armed to deal with this. (Monday nights, through August 18. Sample movies: Bride of Frankenstein, The Apartment)

For the hipster approach, the McCarren Park Pool gives you some indie cred and a good beat that kids can dance to. (Tuesdays, starting July 8. Sample Films: Virgin Suicides, Blue Velvet, Rushmore)

The River-to-River Festival takes over all of downtown later this summer, with concerts, theater and much more–and of course movies on the Elevated Acre. (Tuesdays in August; Samples: Manhattan, On The Town.)

This is not to be confused with RiverFlicks, which sticks the downtown vibe in Hudson River Park, and has two separate series–one for kids (E.T., The Goonies) and one for adults (Purple Rain, Saturday Night Fever, are part of this year’s music theme). The best part? Free popcorn!! (Adults on Wednesday, Kids on Friday; July-August)

For an even more grown-up treat, head to Riverside Park on the Upper West Side for Movies Under The Stars. This year’s theme is Election 2008, with Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Election, All The President’s Men and more. (Wednesdays, weather permitting, bring a picnic.)

It’s hard to find a better backdrop for a movie than the Manhattan skyline that looms over Movies With A View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Try to keep your eye on the screen, though. (Thursday’s July-August; Samples: Stand By Me, Cabaret, The Shining)

Of course, if you’re after a wider variety of views–and a wider variety of cinema–you need to get in on the biggest of the summer festivals, Rooftop Films. Filling up the weekend on actual rooftops around the city, this underground festival showcases indie, short films, animation and a huge sampling of hidden gems. Plus, the roofs are (probably) much more stable than the one on your friend’s apartment building.

If you’re a fan of Cafe Habana and its sister eateries, you probably know about their regular Sunday night movies, that are fun and flashy. (From now until October. Samples: Jaws, Scarface, Flash Gordon)

And finally, if all else fails, there’s always Hoboken. And isn’t that always the case? (Wednesdays through August; Most movies are from 2007: Juno, Atonement, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

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