The summer movie season really kicks off in late July, early August, but if you do not mind traveling here is the list for Manhattan. This year however the best films are in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
2nd: Movies Under the Stars: Bark Ranger at Lillian D. Wald Playground, 55 Montgomery St. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Two pals and their dog find a treasure map and set out on an amazing adventure in search of an old gold mine; but things turn dangerous when they run into a pair of criminals.
3rd: Arts, Culture & Fun: Screening of T-Rex’ and Meet the Producer at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, 1 Clarkson St. 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m.
Join us for a preview screening of the documentary T-Rex by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper. After the screening there will be a Q & A with the producer.
4th: Movies Under the Stars: Chinese Zodiac at Seward Park, LES near Essex St. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. A globe-trotting adventurer uses high-tech gadgets to seek out priceless relics in this action-packed thrill ride starring the one and only Jackie Chan.
7th: Films on the Green: Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard at Cedar Hill (in Central Park) 8:30 p.m. –11:00 p.m. Films on the Green 2016 opens with Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless in Central Park.
10th: Films on the Green: The Tall Blond with One Black Shoe at Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park) 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. When Francois (Pierre Richard), an unsuspecting violinist, is misidentified as a super spy by national intelligence, outrageous antics ensue.
16th: Movies Under the Stars: Rocky (1976) at John Jay Park , Manhattan 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m.
17th: Films on the Green: Air of Paris by Marcel Carné at Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park) 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Victor Le Garrec (Jean Gabin), a former professional boxer, runs a gym and works hard to train young recruits to achieve the goals he wasn’t able to reach during his professional career.
18th: Movies Under the Stars: Open Season: Scared Silly at Sol Lain Playground (in Sol Lain Plgd between Henry Street and East Broadway)8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Elliott, Boog, and friends return for an all new adventure in the wilderness in this animated family comedy directed by David Feiss.
20th: Movies Under the Stars: Top Gun (1986) at Recreation Center 54, 348 East 54th St. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted “Top Gun” award.
20th HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn Bryant Park
22nd Movies Under the Stars: Chicago at Corlears Hook Park, 397 FDR Drive Manhattan 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. A starry-eyed, would-be star discovers just how far the notion that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago.
23rd Movies Under the Stars: Chocolat at De Witt Clinton Park between 52nd and 54th St. between 11th and 12 Ave. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy.
25th Movies Under the Stars: Michael Jackson’s This Is It at Carmansville Playground, Amsterdam Ave between 151 and 152 St. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Legendary musical superstar Michael Jackson takes the stage one last time in this theatrical concert film compiled from over 100 hours of rehearsal footage.
27th: HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival East of Eden 5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn Bryant Park
29th: Movies Under the Stars: The Great Escape (1963) at Carl Schurz Park Hockey Rink (in Carl Schurz Park), East 86th St. and East End Ave. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. The Great Escape is based on the true story of a group of allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II.
30th: Movies Under the Stars: Ant-Man at Soccer Field (in Thomas Jefferson Park), 1st Ave and 114 St. 8:30 p.m. –10:30 p.m. Donning the stunning technology, which shrinks him down to minuscule size, he fights off villains seeking to steal the invention, and organizes a heist that could save the world.