Warm nights in New York City are best enjoyed outdoors and one of the best ways to appreciate a pleasant spring or summer evening is with an outdoor movie screening. Luckily for New Yorkers, there are tons of places to enjoy outdoor movies while also taking in amazing city views and enjoying delicious food. Whether you’re looking for new releases, classics, or foreign language films, here are some of the best places in the city to catch an outdoor screening:
1. Rooftop Films
Rooftop Films kicks off every new season with special screenings at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The non-profit organization has hosted outdoor movies in exciting locations all over the city for more than twenty years. Screening locations include the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Van Cortlandt Park, Industry City, and The Old American Can Factory, which also serves as Rooftop Films’ main office. The films, which include documentaries, indies, and film festival favorites, are accompanied by live musical performances, Q&A sessions, and after-parties.
2. Rooftop Cinema Club
Located atop the Embassy Suites Hotel in Midtown, the Rooftop Cinema Club shows outdoor movies starting in May. The films screened are a mix of new releases and classic films in a variety of different genres, from Clueless and Dirty Dancing to The Shining and Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. The Rooftop Cinema Club experience includes wireless headphones, adjustable deck chairs and access to the Skylawn Rooftop Bar. You can munch on classic cinema concessions including fresh popcorn (vegan), candy and soft drinks as well as ballpark-style food such as hot dogs, Bavarian pretzels, and nachos that are available for purchase.