HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Film Festival Monday nights from June-August

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Movie lovers enjoy a summer of free screenings at the annual HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Held on Mondays from June through August, the 2013 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival takes place at Bryant Park in... ... read more

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Description

Movie lovers enjoy a summer of free screenings at the annual HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Held on Mondays from June through August, the 2013 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival takes place at Bryant Park in New York City.

The lawn opens to the public at 5pm, and the classic films start about thirty minutes after sunset. Past films featured at the festival include Roman Holiday, The Maltese Falcon, and Rebel Without A Cause.

Admission to the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival in 2013 is free and all are welcome to enjoy classic films in the open air.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival User Comments

Mikalena K. Jun 19, 2013
This Monday marked the beginning of my third summer as a Bryant Park movie-goer, and it's a tradition that my friends and I plan to uphold for years to come. When the lawn opens at 5 pm, there's a mad dash for grass space as cinephiles run out with their blankets to claim territory. After that, there are still several hours to kill before the sky gets dark enough to start the movie, and the lawn turns a crazy quilt of picnics, card games, hang-out sessions and early evening power naps. The show always kicks off with a classic Warner Bros. cartoon (this week it was "What's Opera, Doc?"), followed by the old 90s HBO intro music. This is pretty much the last time you can stretch your legs for the next two hours and the intro is almost impossibly long and dramatic compared to today's abbreviated jingle, and the audience gets to its feet to clap, dance and jump around. After that, God help you if you stand up and obstruct someone's view. The movies are classics. If you've seen them before (likely), it's great to watch them in such a lively environment where audience reactions are amplified by the sheer number of viewers. If you haven't already seen them (no judgement), it's wonderful to experience them for the first time in such a convivial atmosphere. Considering that you're in the middle of Manhattan, outside and surrounded by hundreds of strangers, there's a surprisingly intimate feel. It's like a cross between watching a movie at home with friends (sprawled out, barefoot, eating and drinking) and attending a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque spectacle (where most of the audience knows what's coming and relishes in the wind-up to their favorite moments, and newcomers are initiated into the club). All in all, it makes for a fantastic summer ritual. My best advice: pee before the movie starts (lines tend to get pretty long, but Bryant Park has possibly the nicest public bathroom I've ever seen), and make friends with a kindergarten teacher who has the summers off so they can get to the lawn in time to secure a good spot.
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