Breaking into song down or reliving the moment that a lowly maid found love with a U.S Senator could almost be normal in Central Park. With as many movies are filmed on location, you too could be like Amy Adams dancing along the way or Jennifer Lopez walking hand-in-hand with Ralph Fiennes.
Of course, if you’d rather not play pretend, you can always watch characters just like them on one of the many movies that take place in parks across NYC. Movies in the park are a much-anticipated tradition, and you’ll see everything from rom-coms to action-packed thrillers at the wide variety of outdoor venues.
Movies in Central Park
If you happen to be at the Concorde Hotel, you’ll find several different parks within walking distance, including the famous Central Park. Grab a picnic, a blanket, someone to watch a movie with if you’re in town.
May 31 – Coco Before Chanel at Cedar Hill, Central Park
Presented by Films on the Green, the focus this year is on female directors in French cinema. Coco Before Chanel is a movie exploring the life of Gabrielle Chanel before she became famous. The film is in French but has English subtitles.
Tickets are required to watch this film, so be sure to purchase them ahead of time to enjoy the vibrant tale of a woman who would conquer an industry.
August – The Central Park Film Festival
In 2018, the Central Park Film Festival ran from August 14th through August 17th and was completely free to the public. The latest dates haven’t been released yet, but you can expect the time frame to be similar.
Previous titles include movies such as The Muppets Take Manhattan, Dr. Strangelove, Hair, and Crooklyn. Should you wish to attend, gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the film starting at 8 p.m.
Movies in Bryant Park
Another great place to catch some outdoor flicks is Bryan Park, which is also relatively close to the Concorde Hotel. Just remember, if you go to watch any of the Bryant Park movies, get there early, and don’t bring your dog because pets are not allowed on the Lawn.
2019 HBO Bryant Park Summertime Movie Festival on the Lawn
Movies presented at this park run on Mondays likely starting on June 17. Last year, they began on June 18 and ran for a total of ten Mondays in a row. In the past, this particular movie series has featured films like The Breakfast Club, A League of Their Own, The Wiz, and The Terminator.
Check back for the movie lineup once it is announced, and be in line ready to go at 4 p.m. The Lawn opens at 5 p.m., and all bags will be inspected upon entry. Pick up a snack at a nearby food vendor, and get ready for the film to begin at sunset.
Movies in Other Parks Around NYC
With so many other parks around NYC, you’re bound to find outdoor movies playing somewhere this summer. Take a look at the NYC Parks Events Calendar for up-to-date listings for movies across all facilities. You’ll find movies for kids, the perfect date night, or just a reason to get out and do something. From the Bronx to Queens to Brooklyn, there is something you’ll want to watch. Aquaman in Manhattan or Ralph breaking the Internet in Brooklyn – the choice is up to you!