When: Monday nights, June 16–August 18, 2014; lawn opens at 5pm, films screen 30 minutes after sunset
Where: Bryant Park is located between 40th & 42nd Sts. and 5th & 6th Aves.
One of Manhattan's most-loved outdoor cinema events, the long-running HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, lands in Bryant Park on June 16, 2014. Running on Monday nights through August 18, the lineup of free screenings spans legendary films, kicking off the program with Saturday Night Fever and winding it down with The Shining.
Films roll just after sundown (typically between 8pm and 9pm), though the lawn opens at 5pm, so come early to throw down a blanket and secure a good spot. Note that it's open-lawn seating, and there's a laundry list of no-gos for the event: no chairs or tables, plastic sheets or tarps, alcohol, or pups are permitted on the lawn. As a safeguard, all bags and backpacks are subject to search. If you're arriving by bike, there's free parking available at the nearby Pétanque Courts (6th Ave. and 41st St.).
Bring your own nosh for a picnic spread, or stock up on snacks and meals on-site from 'wichcraft or Hester Street Fair vendors.
The 2014 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival lineup is as follows:
- June 16: Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta [Drama/Musical, 1977]
- June 23: The Mark Of Zorro starring Tyrone Power [Adventure/Western, 1940]
- June 30: A Soldier’s Story starring Howard Rollins, Jr., and Denzel Washington [Drama/Mystery/War, 1984]
- July 7: Blazing Saddles starring Cleavon Little [Comedy/Western, 1974]
- July 14: Suddenly Last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift [Drama/Mystery/Thriller, 1959]
- July 21: National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo [Adventure/Comedy/Romance, 1983]
- July 28: Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall [Crime/Drama/Film Noir, 1948]
- August 4: The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita [Action/Drama/Family, 1984]
- August 11: Lover Come Back starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall [Comedy/Romance, 1961]
- August 18: The Shining starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd [Horror, 1980]
Read up more on individual film plots at bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html; there's also an info line set up for festival details: 212-512-5700.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival joins a slate of other popular open-air summer film fests in New York City, including favorites like the Rooftop Films Summer Series and the French-flavored Films on the Green.