Summertime Outdoor Film Screenings in Lower Manhattan

by | Jun 4, 2014 | Culture, Events, Movies | 0 comments


The view of the city during a film screening at Brookfield Place’s Rooftop Films.

Lower Manhattan features some of the most beautiful city-scapes in all New York, and all summer long venues will be combining these sights with outdoor film screenings to provide a sensory experience like no other. Compiled here is a list of venues hosting film screenings across the Downtown area.

Films on the Green. French cinema will invade New York at various venues across the city and give locals a chance to see films rarely screened in America. The theme of this year’s festival is “Masculin,” featuring films with colorful male characters as heroes, gangsters and rebels in love stories, comedies, and thrillers. Free admission.

When: Fridays at 8:30 p.m. Ongoing until August 1.
Where: Locations vary week to week.
Films on the Green website.

Front/Row Cinema. 31 different films are scheduled to screen at South Street Sea Port. This venue sits on an Astroturf lawn with rows of lounge chairs located right at the water’s edge. Admission is free, and films this year include modern and classic Hollywood fare such as “Jaws” and “Frozen.”

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Ongoing until August 31.
Where: 19 Fulton St, Ste. 201, New York, NY 10038.
South Street Seaport website.

RiverFlicks Big Hit Wednesday. Last year’s blockbusters get a breath of new life this year at Hudson River Park’s RiverFlicks series. Get a second chance to experience the hits of last year on the big screen with Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” or the Academy Award nominated “American Hustle” and “Captain Phillips.”

When: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. July 9 – August 20.
Where: Pier 63 at 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001.
RiverFlicks website.

RiverFlicks Family Friday. Each week, Hudson River Park will feature PG-rated entertainment good for the entire family or even just a fun night out for couples. The first film scheduled is last year’s box office hit “Despicable Me 2”, wrapping up the screenings will be the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

When: Fridays at 8:30 p.m. July 11 – August 22.
Where: Pier 46 at Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10014.
RiverFlicks website.

SyFy Movies with a View. For the eighth year in a row the SyFy Network is sponsoring these screenings at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, featuring a beautiful view of Downtown Manhattan’s entire skyline. Films scheduled this year include classics such as “Duck Soup” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, as well as more modern fare such as “Beetlejuice” and the SyFy original “Sharknado.”

When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. July 10 – August 28.
Where: 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Brooklyn Bridge Park website.

Rooftop Films- Brookfield Place. The former sight of the World Financial Center will host a special three-day engagement of independent film-making. The first day of free screenings will feature new animated shorts from this year. Night two will showcase independent live-action shorts from the New York area. The final night will feature a documentary about musician and activist Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

When: July 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281.
Rooftop Films website.

– Alex Falls

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