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On almost every night of the week this summer, there is a free movie screening outdoors somewhere in New York City.

The practice is no secret. The most popular of the bunch see hundreds of film fans jammed onto parks, with good reason. The summer ritual offers some of the most pleasant - and scenic - viewing experiences.

So plan ahead and get these dates into your iCal, conveniently organized by day of the week.


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Where: Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas between 40th and 42 streets
Run: June 21, 2010-August 23, 2010
Time: Lawn opens at 5 pm for blankets (no plastic tarps) and picnicking, movies begin at dusk (typically between 8 pm and 9 pm)
Lineup: June 21: "Goldfinger"; June 28: "Carousel"; July 5: "The French Connection"; July 12: "My Man Godfrey"'; July 19: "The China Syndrome"; July 26: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; August 2: "Rosemary's Baby"; August 9: "The Goodbye Girl"; August 16: "12 Angry Men"; August 23: "Bonnie and Clyde"


Riverflicks for Grownups
Where: Pier 54, Hudson River at 14th Street
Run: July 7, 2010-August 18, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
Lineup: July 7: "The Hangover"; July 14: "I Love You, Man"; July 21: "The Proposal"; July 28: "District 9"; August 4: "Julie & Julia"; August 11: "Public Enemies"; August 18: "Star Trek"

Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars
Where: Riverside Park South, Pier I @ 70th Street
Run: July 7, 2010-August 11, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm, weather permitting
Lineup: July 7: "The Never Ending Story"; July 14: "Pan's Labyrinth"; July 21: "Inkheart"; July 28: "The Fall"; August 4: "Big Fish"; August 11: "Stranger Than Fiction"

Brooklyn Film Works
Where: J.J. Byrne Park at the Old Stone House, Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets in Brooklyn
Run: July 7, 2010-July 28, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
Lineup: July 7: "Kiss Me Kate"; July 14: "Girl Shy"; July 21: The 30th Anniversary Asbury Shorts New York: Short Film Concert; July 28: Piper Film Workshop Student Films

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Queens
Run: July through August, 2010
Time: 7 pm, weather permitting
Lineup: Check for the full schedule in the beginning of June


Movies with a View
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1 Main Street at Water Street
Run: July 8, 2010-September 2, 2010
Time: Dusk
Lineup: July 8: "Annie Hall"; July 15: "Monsters vs. Aliens 3D"; July 22: "The Big Lebowski"; July 29: "Rear Window"; August 5: "Brokeback Mountain"; August 12: "Dreamgirls"; August 19: "The Blues Brothers"; August 26: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"; September 2: public vote! Check the Web site for details

River to River: Broadway2Battery
Where: The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street near Broad Street
Run: July 29, 2010-August 19,2010
Time: 8 pm
Lineup: July 29: "Broadway Danny Rose"; August 5: "Auntie Mame"; August 12: "The Country Girl"; August 19: "Muppets Take Manhattan"


Riverflicks for Kids
Where: Pier 46, Hudson River at Charles and West Streets
Run: July 9, 2010-August 20, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
Lineup: July 9: "The Wizard of Oz"; July 16: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"; July 23: "The Great Muppet Caper"; July 30: "Monsters vs. Aliens"; August 6: "Big"; August 13: "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"; August 20: "Annie"
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