Once again, the screenings are on a gi-normous new 40-foot high-definition LED screen just off Sixth Avenue.
Unlike pre-Pandemic years, when the free outdoor movies were Monday nights in June, July and August, this year screenings are Monday and Tuesday nights, starting Monday, August 23, through Tuesday, Sept. 28.
As always, the films are connected to New York City, including Moonstruck, Love and Basketball, and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
This year’s schedule features a first-of-its-kind Broadway to Film series with three movies that have productions returning to Broadway this fall – MOULIN ROUGE!, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Bonus: these events will include special surprise guest appearances which will be announced closer to the screening dates.
Here’s the film schedule:
Monday, August 23
Directed by Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd
Tuesday, August 24
Directed by Lorene Scafaria, starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, and Mette Towley
Monday, August 30
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Directed by Frank Oz, starring Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Dave Goelz and multiple guest stars
Tuesday, August 31
Inside Man (2006)
Directed by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster
Monday, September 6
Uncut Gems (2019)
Directed by Benny & Josh Safdie, starring Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, and Idina Menzel
Tuesday, September 7
Love & Basketball (2000)
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Sanaa Latham, Omar Epps, and Glenndon Chatman
Monday, September 13
Directed by Norman Jewison, starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello
Tuesday, September 14
MOULIN ROUGE! (2001)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and John Leguizamo
Monday, September 27
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson
Tuesday, September 28
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Directed by Chris Columbus, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, and Harvey Fierstein
In 2019, Bryant Park Movie Nights included
- Big, starring Tom Hanks and the late, great, Penny Marshall
- Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy
- Goodfellas, with Bronx native Joe Pesci
In 2018, Bryant Park Movie Nights included
- The Wiz, which showed us all how to ease on down the road
- When Harry Met Sally, with that iconic scene in Katz’s Delicatessen
Bring a blanket and a picnic, or purchase food and beverages from Bryant Park vendors.
Films are shown starting at sunset, around 8pm, but since this is a pretty popular event, you’ll need to get there much earlier to snag a space on the Bryant Park Lawn or the surrounding terrace, where there is seating.
What you Need to Know for Bryant Park Movie Nights
No chairs, no tables, no plastic tarps and no dogs are permitted on the Lawn.
Entry points for the Lawn Area open at 4pm. The Lawn opens at 5pm, for blankets and picnicking. Films start at sunset, around 8pm
If you prefer to sit in the park’s Allee’s or on the Upper Terrace to watch the film, then just grab a chair and take your spot.
If you prefer to sit on the Lawn or the gravel surrounding the Lawn, read on.
- You can only access the Lawn Area from the Sixth Avenue side of the park, near the movie screen.
- There are entry points on the north and south sides of the Fountain. Each entrance is the same.
- If you are carrying a bag, backpack, briefcase, package, etc. and wish to sit in the Lawn Area, your items will be inspected at the security tables located at the entry points.
- Lines may form for those with bags and packages.
- If you do not have any bags (or if you are only carrying a blanket), you may access the Lawn Area at either entry point without waiting in the line for those with bags or packages.
- Should you leave the Lawn Area, all packages, bags, etc. will be inspected again upon re-entry. If a line has formed for the entry points, you will be required to wait in line.