Bryant Park Summer Movie Series

July 1, 2016

For arts lovers seeking midtown apartments for rent, Atlas NY—the luxury residential building just two blocks from Bryant Park—is an auspicious address. The best Broadway theater and fine dining destinations are only steps away from these Bryant Park apartments.


And if dinner and a movie are on the agenda, the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival offers a great option for some affordable fun. This summer marks the 24th year of this annual outdoor series, a New York City institution that features classic films, award-winners, beloved comedies, and thrillers projected on a jumbo screen over the park lawn.


Screenings take place on Mondays at sundown and are preceded by a classic Warner Brothers cartoon to accommodate younger filmgoers (and their bedtimes). Attendees can gather on the gravel area surrounding the lawn starting at 4:00 pm and enter the lawn at 5:00 pm. Arrive early to snag prime seats or, more precisely, blanket space—no plastics or tarps are allowed! The series kicks off on June 20th with the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring hooky-playing high schooler Matthew Broderick. Other highlights include The Palm Beach Story—the 1942 Preston Sturges comedy with Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea as a married couple looking for a quick solution to their financial woes—and the August closer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


Should you forget your picnic basket or simply decide at the last minute to take in a flick after work, you’ll find plenty of dining options within the park, including kiosks offering gourmet sandwiches and salads, Belgian waffles, burgers and fries, and more. The Bryant Park Cafe—a casual offshoot of the Bryant Park Grill—is one popular destination for a quick bite before the show. The Southwest Porch is another spot in which to relax and refuel within the park. It offers a full bar and food menu (burgers, salads, and the like), as well as power outlets to recharge your devices.

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