Summer Films

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When I was growing up in the sticks, one of my favorite summertime activities was dragging the TV and VCR out to the backyard (courtesy of a very long extension cord), setting up lawn chairs and watching movies outside with friends on warm summer evenings. Turns out, when you grow up and move to Brooklyn, you can watch all sorts of movies outside during the summer, no extension cords or explanations to your parents required.

Fridays and Saturdays
Rooftop Films, various locations
rtf.jpg Shorts, documentaries and experimental films, sandwiched between live music curated by Sound Fix and open bar after parties, rule the roost at Rooftop Films, which screens on the American Can Factory’s roof near the Gowanus Canal, the lawn of the Automotive High School in Williamsburg and outdoor locations around the city. The eclectic line-up is too broad to sum up neatly, but we’re on board for the Un-American Films screening on the pier of Solar One July 4th. There’ll be an open bar with Brooklyn Oenology wines, music, a great view of the fireworks and movies including Brad Neely‘s genius short, JFK. All for $30.

Tuesdays beginning July 8
L Magazine SummerScreen, McCarren Park Pool
dssus1.jpg The concrete seating and gritty paint flakes aren’t exactly the lap of luxury (this is an empty pool), but the film lineup is stellar. The free series kicks off July 8 with Wet Hot American Summer and the first-ever Williamsburg Block Party at 4 pm, with food from Fette Sau, Marlow & Sons and other Brooklyn restaurants, music and an introduction from Wet Hot star and writer, Michael Showalter. You’ll definitely see Brooklyn Based at Desperately Seeking Susan on July 22 and our most favorite underrated movie ever, Velvet Goldmine on August 19. Food and beverages are available at the pool; if you’re bothered by cigarette smoke or the smell of pot, this may not be your venue.

Thursdays beginning July 10
Movies with a View, Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park
bbridgefilms.jpg Every summer Brooklyn Bridge Park puts on a not-to-be-missed Thursday night movie party in a spectacular setting, with free valet bike parking, and a rolling lawn to lie on. Sweet! The free series kicks off July 10 with the ultimate summer childhood nostalgia movie, Stand By Me, and includes family-friendly films like Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit on July 24. BB’s vote for not-to-be-missed flick here is Being There (August 24), a favorite 70s political satire with Peter Sellers.

Special Screenings
Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell
habanaf1.jpg On Saturday, July 19, Hong Kong martial arts fans can get their Bruce Lee on when Karsh Kale, a South Asian DJ and electronic musician, performs his live score to the 1973 classic, Enter the Dragon.

Bar Flicks
So not all of these movie venues are outside (although some are in backyards), but Brooklyn is the kind of borough where your favorite, or soon-to-be-favorite bar is likely to have a movie night. Huckleberry Bar, Northeast Kingdom Lounge, Outpost, and Habana Outpost all screen films regularly, and they’re not the only ones.

Sent by Annaliese.

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