Free movies with the Movie Nights at Bryant Park

If you’re planning to watch an outdoor movie in the city among New Yorkers, then come to the Movie Nights at Bryant Park!!!
The festival, also called the Movie Nights at Bryant Park, schedules movies all summer long in Bryant Park.

When movies are being scheduled?

The outdoors screenings are scheduled every Mondays at dusk from July to August.
You can always come earlier and seat on the lawn starting 5 pm but the screening starts at sunset usually between 8 and 9 pm.

The New York Bryant Park Summer Festival

What’s the entrance fee to watch a screening at Bryant Park?

It’s absolutely free!!!
And yes, another New York great tip 🙂

Some recommendations in order to fully enjoy the event

Come early. Usually, people wait for the staff to open the lawn so they can put their blankets. As you can see on the picture below, they race in order to get the best spot 🙂

The New York Bryant Park Summer Festival

– If you can: send one member of your group to do the race for you and pick an ideal and large spot to leave your blankets. Be prepared!
The New York Bryant Park Summer Festival

– Pack your picnic with drinks (no alcohol is allowed in public space)
– Once the movie starts, it’s difficult to get around and go to the bathrooms. Plan ahead 😉
– On this matter, the public bathrooms are located on the North West corner of Bryant Park. The toilets are clean and there’s always a park security to supervise the area.

The Movie Nights at Bryant Park: a romantic spot?

It’s true to say that watching a movie in Bryant Park in New York is really cool and romantic
Of course, it might seem less romantic with the crowd but let’s put it this way: watching a scary movie in each other’s arms. Can you ask for more? 🙂

Movie Nights at Bryant Park

Is it a rain or shine event?

If the weather doesn’t permit for a movie screening, the shows are canceled.

What movies to see at the Bryant Park Film Festival?<

Each year, the line-up changes, and you won’t see the latest Hollywood blockbusters here.
The idea is to screen classic and old movies from 1930 to 1990.

Here’s the line-up for 2022

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg

Creed II
Starring Michael B. Jordan and directed by Steven Caple Jr
Hairspray (2007)
Starring Nikki Blonsky and directed by Adam Shankman

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie

Wayne’s World 2
Starring Mike Myers and directed by Stephen Surjik

Scream 2
Starring Neve Campbell and directed by Wes Craven

Beverly Hills Cop II
Starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott

Star Trek VIII: First Contact
Starring Patrick Stewart and directed by Jonathan Frakes

Grease 2
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and directed by Patricia Birch

The Godfather Part II
Starring Al Pacino and directed by Francis Ford Coppola



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