2005_06_artsBryant.jpgIt’s that time of the year again – that special time you brave New York’s notoriously humid and sticky summer to battle for one more blanket inch on a crowded park lawn. This year’s free outdoor movie festivals – RiverFlicks, Riverside Park Movies Under the Stars, Brooklyn Music & Movies Series, and HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival–offer a wide range of musicals and old favorites, from The Sound of Music to The Big Lebowski (see below for June/July schedule). Also be sure to check out the Rooftop Films series, showcasing short, low-budget and underground films every Friday at Automotive High School in Williamsburg and every Saturday at Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn at 9:00 PM; $8.

Mon, JUNE 20: The Way We Were (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Mon, JUNE 27: The Fly (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Mon, JULY 4: White Heat (1974) (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Wed, JULY 6: Slackers (RiverFlicks @Pier 54, 8:30PM)
Thu, JULY 7: Key Largo (Brooklyn Bridge Park, sunset)
Fri, JULY 8: Daddy Day Care (RiverFlicks @Pier 25, 8:30PM)
Mon, JULY 11: The Gay Divorcee (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Wed, JULY 13: Chicago (Riverside Park @Pier I at 70th St., 8:30 PM)
AND Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (RiverFlicks @ Pier 54, 8:30 PM)
Thu, JULY 14: Sandra Dee's Gidget (Brooklyn Bridge Park, sunset)
Fri, JULY 15: Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (RiverFlicks @Pier 25, 8:30 PM)
Mon, JULY 18: Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Wed, JULY 20: Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Riverside, Pier I at 70th St., 8:30 PM) AND The Big Lebowski (RiverFlicks @ Pier 54, 8:30PM)
Thu, JULY 21: A Fish Called Wanda (Brooklyn Bridge Park, sunset)
Fri, JULY 22: Back to the Future (RiverFlicks @Pier 25, 8:30 PM) AND the 1925 Phantom of the Opera (Brooklyn's Prospect Park, 7:30PM)
Mon, JULY 25: Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (Bryant Park, 8PM)
Wed, JULY 27: Mike Nichols' classic Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf? (Riverside, Pier I at 70th St., 8:30 PM)
AND Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (RiverFlicks @Pier 54, 8:30PM)
Thu, JULY 28: Dr. No (Brooklyn Bridge Park, sunset)
Fri, JULY 29: The Sound of Music (Brooklyn's Prospect Park, 7:30 PM)
AND The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (RiverFlicks @Pier 25, 8:30 PM)

Note: *Bryant Park raindates are Tuesday nights. The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets (and they request no plastic) and picnicking. The films begin at dusk (typically between 8pm and 9pm).
*Riverside Park's Movies Under The Stars plays at Pier I at 70th St., every Wednesday evening 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm from July 13 - August 17.
*RiverFlicks at Hudson River Park, Pier 54 (West St at 15th St) and Pier 25, begin at dusk (generally between 8-8:30pm).
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's "Movies with a View" are every Thursday at sunset.

And for those you in need of a mini-break from Manhattan (now that we'd ever dare accuse you), check out Hoboken's Movie Under the Stars:
Wed, JUNE 22: Hotel Rwanda
Wed, JUNE 29: Motorcycle Diaries
Wed, JULY 6: Spiderman II
Wed, JULY 13: Phantom of the Opera
Wed, JULY 20: Million Dollar Baby
Wed, JULY 27: The Aviator

* Hoboken's movies take place in Pier A Park, at the East most end of the Park on the Lawn. The Park is located on First & Frank Sinatra Drive in Hoboken. Movies begin approx: 9:00 pm in June & July.