Central Park Film Festival Returns With Multi-Genre Program

August 1, 2013 - The Central Park Conservancy will host the 11th annual Central Park Film Festival this August 22-26. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, food and other picnic fare and enjoy any or all of the five nightly screenings that make up the festival. One movie from each of five genres – classics, family, romantic comedy, horror and adventure – was chosen by online vote over the past several months. The films to be screened include:

Thursday, August 22 (Classics): West Side Story (1961), a musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, centers on a romance between two young lovers from rival New York City gangs.

Friday, August 23 (Family): Hook (1991), directed by Steven Spielberg, is a live-action sequel to Peter Pan in which an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) must return to Neverland after Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children.

Saturday, August 24 (Romantic Comedy): Silver Linings Playbook (2012) won Best Actress at this year’s Oscars for Jennifer Lawrence’s performance and is the story of a Pat Solitaro, a former teacher, coming home and trying to put his life back together after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

Sunday, August 25 (Horror): The Shining (1980) is Stanley Kubrick’s seminal horror classic based on a Stephen King novel in which Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes his wife (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son to an isolated resort in the Rockies to act as caretaker for the winter. Once there, an evil, otherworldly presence at the hotel begins to take hold.

Monday, August 26 (Adventure): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg, is the first installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. The movie follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), an archeologist and adventurer who is hired by the government to uncover the Ark of the Covenant.

All screenings are free and will be held in the landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive. Gates will open at 6:30pm and movies will begin at 8:00pm. For more information, visit

- Jordan Gary
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