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48 L.A. and NYC Outdoor Movies to See Before Summer’s Over

48 L.A. and NYC Outdoor Movies to See Before Summer’s Over

If you haven’t yet caught a movie outdoors this summer, then you’re missing out! On a nice night, pack your bag with a picnic blanket, snacks, and bug spray, and head out to one of these flicks under the night sky!

NEW YORK CITY

August 20
What: “The Way We Were”
Who: Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, the classic Sydney Pollack-directed romantic drama won two Oscars at the 1974 ceremony.
Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

What: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
Who: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and others.
Where: South Street Seaport

What: “Captain Phillips”
Who: Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi star in the 2013 dramatic thriller that earned six Oscar noms and had everyone saying, “I’m the captain now.”
Where: Pier 63 Lawn
 

August 21
What: “Coming to America”
Who: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and others.
Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

What: “The Birds”
Who: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ’Nuff said!
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park

August 22
What: “Rear Window”
Who: This four-Oscar nominee is an oldie and another one directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and others.
Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

What: “The Wizard of Oz” 
Who: Judy Garland (obviously). This story of Dorothy and the land of Oz broke cinematic barriers in 1939.
Where: Pier 46

August 23
What: “The Aviator”
Who: Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio star in the Martin Scorsese flick about legendary director-aviator Howard Hughes. (DiCaprio’s second Oscar snub.)
Where: South Street Seaport

August 24
What: “Purple Rain”
Who: Prince!
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

August 26
What: “Europa Report”
Who: Direct by Sebastián Cordero, the sci-fi thriller follows a crew of astronauts as they search for life on Jupiter.
Where: Crocheron Park, Queens

What: “Frozen”
Who: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Justin Gad.
Where: Highland Park, Queens

August 27
What: More “Frozen” 
Who: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Justin Gad.
Where: Forest Park, Queens

What: “Frozen” (Just in a different location!)
Who: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Justin Gad.
Where: South Street Seaport

August 30
What: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Who: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, and others star in the 2011 romantic comedy.
Where: South Street Seaport
 

August 31
What: “Skyfall”
Who: Daniel Craig as James Bond, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and others.
Where: South Street Seaport

What: “The Bodyguard”
Who: Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

September 4
What: “The French Minister”
Who: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, and others.
Where: Columbia University

September 7
What: “Hoosiers” 
Who: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, and others. This sports flick was nominated for two Oscars in 1987!
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

September 9
What: “Gravity”
Who: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock was nominated for an Oscar for the role, which she filmed almost entirely in front of a green screen.
Where: The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC
 

September 14
What: “Wild Style”
Who: “Lee” George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, and others.
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

September 21
What: “The Big Lewbowski” 
Who: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and others star in this cult classic from the Coen Brothers.
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

September 28
What: “Foxy Brown”
Who: Pam Grier!
Where: Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

LOS ANGELES

August 21
What: “City Lights”
Who: Kick it old school with this Charlie Chaplin classic!
Where: Sunset Triangle

August 22
What: “Curious George”
Who: Will Ferrell, Frank Welker, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, and others!
Where: Stoner Recreation Center, WLA

August 23
What: “Clueless”
Who: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, and others. As if you’d miss this one!
Where: Glendale Central Park
 

What: “The Princess Bride”
Who: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Robin Wright, and others.
Where: La Cienega Tennis Center, Beverly Hills

What: “Frozen”
Who: Jeez, they really just can’t seem to let this one go…
Where: Warner Park, Woodland Hills

What: “There’s Something About Mary”
Who: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, and Ben Stiller lead the cast in this quintessential ’90s rom-com.
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

August 24
What: “Pretty Woman”
Who: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
Where: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

August 26
What: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Who: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, and Drew Barrymore lead this one.
Where: Granada Beach, Long Beach

August 29
What: “The Great Muppet Caper”
Who: Jim Henson, duh!
Where: Stoner Recreation Center, WLA

August 30
What: “Casablanca”
Who: One of the most influential films of all time. It stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Where: Brookside Park Pasadena

What: “Django Unchained”
Who: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz (who won his second Oscar for the film), Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and others.
Where: Autry National Center, Los Feliz
 

What: “A Clockwork Orange”
Who: Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the 1971 film was nominated for four Oscars (all for Kubrick).
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

August 31
What: “The Goonies”
Who: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, and others!
Where: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

September 2
What: “Spaceballs”
Who: The satirical sci-fi comedy stars Mel Brooks (who wrote and directed it), John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, and others.
Where: Granada Beach, Long Beach

September 4
What: “Chinatown”
Who: Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Directed by Roman Polanski!
Where: Sunset Triangle

September 6
What: “Frozen”
Who: …
Where: Mother’s Beach, Long Beach

What: “Dirty Dancing”
Who: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey (who you can absolutely, never under any circumstance…put in a corner).
Where: Will Rogers State Historic Park, Santa Monica

September 7
What: “Sex and the City”
Who: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth... The whole gang!
Where: Pearl’s Liquor Bar
 

September 9
What: “Jaws”
Who: Directed by Steven Spielberg, this shark movie is almost as good as “Sharknado.” (Just kidding).
Where: Granada Beach, Long Beach

September 13
What: “Garden State”
Who: Zach Braff and Natalie Portman, among others.
Where: Exposition Park

What: “The Goonies” (Again!)
Who: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, and others!
Where: Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall

September 14
What: “Legally Blonde”
Who: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, and Jennifer Coolidge, among others. (Make sure you perfect your “bend and snap” before you head over!)
Where: Pearl's Liquor Bar

September 15
What: “Romy and Michele's High School Reunion”
Who: Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, and Alan Cumming!
Where: The Alcove Café/Big Bar, Los Feliz
 

September 18
What: Secret flick TBA!
Who: We have no idea!
Where: Sunset Triangle

September 20
What: “Aliens”
Who: A bad-ass Sigourney Weaver, that’s who.
Where: Exposition Park

September 21
What: “Devil Wears Prada”
Who: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci.
Where: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

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