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Summer Nights for Summer Films

Films can be enjoyed on the pier this summer Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

July 1, 2009 - Summer in New York City brings with it a slew of outdoor films. Here’s a sample of the festivals happening in the City:

2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Date: Every Monday until August 17
Time: Lawn opens at 5pm. Films begin at dusk (8pm-9pm)
Movies Shown: The Sting, Breaking Away, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dog Day Afternoon, How Green Was My Valley, Harold and Maude, The Defiant Ones, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Magnificent Seven, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Location: Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Every Monday night from June 15 until August 17, the 2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presents classic films like The Magnificent Seven and Kramer vs. Kramer. The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets and picnicking; films begin at dusk. For a complete schedule, click here.

: Every Friday from July 10 to August 21
Time: Movies begin at dusk (around 8:30pm)
Movies Shown: Wizard of Oz, Kung Fu Panda, Ghostbusters, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Muppet Movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Curious George
Location: Piers 54 and 46 at Charles Street
Overlooking the Hudson River, RiverFlicks for Kids takes place every Friday night at Pier 46 with offerings of The Wizard of Oz, Kung Fu Panda, and The Muppet Movie. For adults, there’s RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups at Pier 54 on Wednesdays. Beginning on July 8 with Iron Man and concluding with Pineapple Express on August 19, the series will also feature Tropic Thunder on August 5. For more information, visit

Summer on the Hudson
Date: Every Wednesday from July 8 to August 12
Time: 8:30pm- 11pm
Movies Shown: The Age of Innocence, Wall Street, Dinner at Eight, The Out-of-Towners, Drums Along the Mohawk, and Sweet Smell of Success
Location: Pier 1, Manhattan
Pier 1 at 70th Street in Manhattan plays host to Movies Under the Stars on Wednesday evenings beginning July 9. This year’s films were chosen to showcase the theme of finance, with selections that include The Age of Innocence, Wall Street, and Sweet Smell of Success. Visit for a full schedule.

Movies with a View
Date: Every Thursday from July 9 to August 27
Time: 6pm to 11pm. Movies start at sunset.
Movies Shown: Raising Arizona, The Maltese Falcon, Paper Moon, To Catch A Thief, The Return Of The Pink Panther, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Catch Me If You Can, and Edward Scissorhands.
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The 10th Annual Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View kicks off on July 9 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Maltese Falcon and Edward Scissorhands are among the films shown every Thursday. For more information, visit

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