Domestic movie theater attendance hit an all time low in 2017, as more and more people chose to watch shows in the comfort of their own home via streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Crashing at home in front of the TV may feel more convenient, but it lacks a certain kind of romance. Where’s the excessively buttered popcorn? The candy and food options? The communal laughter and tears? If you’ve been craving an old school viewing experience, consider attending one of Bryant Park’s movie nights this summer (popcorn not provided). Netflix will always be waiting for you at home.
Bryant Park Movie Nights are held every Monday, from July through August. The lawn opens at 5PM, and the show starts at sunset—around 8 or 9PM. Plan to show up early; it’s not uncommon for people to race to get the best view of the screen.
Movies screened are typically classics from 1930 to 1990. This year’s line-up includes Big, Big Daddy, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Bad Boys, and Anchorman. If you’re itching to see a specific film, consider submitting a vote for it to occupy one of the park’s “fan choice” movie nights. Voting takes place on Twitter; visit Vulture’s Twitter for more information.
The full Bryant Park Movie lineup is:
July 1: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, directed by Susan Johnson and based on the book by Jenny Han
July 8: Carrie (1976)
Starring Sissy Spacek, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Stephen King
July 15: Bad Boys
Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and directed by Michael Bay
July 22: Coming To America
Starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, directed by John Landis and written by Eddie Murphy
July 29: Goodfellas
Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci and directed by Martin Scorsese
August 5: Anchorman
Starring Will Ferrell, directed by Adam McKay and written by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay
August 12: Fan Choice: Vote on Twitter @vulture starting July 22
More info at bryantpark.org
Pack a blanket to keep your tush dry, and to claim your spot on the lawn. It’s important to note that chairs, tarps, bags and pads are not allowed, as they often damage the grass or inhibit others’ viewing experiences.
We suggest grabbing a few sandwiches from Sergimmo Salumeria—a killer deli about a 15 minute walk from the park. Pick up drinks and candy at a nearby bodega. If you’d rather simplify your to-dos, visit the vendors at Fountain Terrace on the West side of the park or at Whole Foods just across 6th Ave. No outside alcohol is allowed, so plan to purchase wine and beer on the East end of the lawn.