Free open-air movie screenings are a beloved summer tradition in New York City. On the rooftops or in parks, they offer some iconic views of the city skyline and both retrospective classic cinema or today's blockbusters. Some of the best summer film festivals include the Bryant Park Summer Film Series with classic movies and picnicking and RiverFlicks with its free popcorn.
Summer on the Hudson where movies are screened on Pier 1 in Riverside Park South, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Film Series with music before the screenings and a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge. There is also the Outdoor Cinema in Socrates Sculpture Park with live performances and an excellent background of the Manhattan skyline, the Red Hook Flicks with screenings on the picturesque Valentino Pier in Brooklyn, and the SummerScreen in McCarren Park.