Movie Nights

Feature films under the stars on the big screen

Bryant Park Movie Nights presented by Verizon returns on August 23! Ten movies, selected in collaboration with Vulture, will be screened this summer on Monday and Tuesday evenings through September 28. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a feature film. Lawn and food and wine concessions open 5pm; film begins at sunset.

The series kicks off with Vulture’s fan-favorite pick Clueless! This year Movie Nights can boast significant firsts: screenings on Monday and for the first time, Tuesday evenings; and a first-of-its-kind Broadway to Film series with three movies that have productions returning to Broadway this fall, MOULIN ROUGE!, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Bonus: these events will include special surprise guest appearances! Scroll down for full lineup and attendance protocol, or check out the Movie Nights program.

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Movie schedule

Monday, August 23
Clueless (1995)
Directed by Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd

Tuesday, August 24
Hustlers (2019)
Directed by Lorene Scafaria, starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, and Mette Towley

Monday, August 30
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Directed by Frank Oz, starring Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Dave Goelz and multiple guest stars

Tuesday, August 31
Inside Man (2006)
Directed by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster

Monday, September 6
Uncut Gems (2019)
Directed by Benny & Josh Safdie, starring Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, and Idina Menzel

Tuesday, September 7
Love & Basketball (2000)
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Sanaa Latham, Omar Epps, and Glenndon Chatman

Monday, September 13
Moonstruck (1987)
Directed by Norman Jewison, starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello

Tuesday, September 14
MOULIN ROUGE! (2001)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and John Leguizamo

Monday, September 27
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson

Tuesday, September 28
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Directed by Chris Columbus, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, and Harvey Fierstein

Special guests and on-site attendance protocol will be announced shortly. Follow us on social for the most up-to-date announcements @bryantparknyc!


The basics

  • The lawn opens 5pm, weather permitting, for blankets and picnicking
  • Films begin at sunset (typically between 6:40pm-7:30pm)
  • All packages including bags, briefcases, and backpacks are subject to inspection
  • No dogs allowed on the lawn
  • No chairs, tables, or plastic ground coverings (including sheets, tarps, bags, pads, and/or yoga mats) are permitted on the lawn
  • Captions are displayed for each film

COVID-19 protocol for attendance + lawn info

The Bryant Park lawn and gravel will be reserved for vaccinated/tested guests. Upon arrival, vaccinated guests should be prepared to show proof of full vaccination with the second shot dated at least two weeks prior (CLEAR/Excelsior pass, photo of vaccination card, etc), and a government issued ID. Tested attendees must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event, and a government issued ID. The Upper Terrace will be a distanced area where proof of vaccination/a negative test is not required.

Protocol for vaccinated/tested area

In line with current CDC and state guidelines, attendees may remove masks at their own discretion once within the fully vaccinated areas.

For the lawn: bring your own blanket. No chairs or plastic ground coverings (including sheets, tarps, bags, pads, or yoga mats) are permitted on the lawn.

There are chairs on the surrounding grave area for vaccinated guests.

While social distancing is encouraged within the fully vaccinated lawn/gravel area, our staff cannot enforce this, and it is at guest discretion to maintain and moderate.

Protocol for Distanced Area on the Upper Terrace

Masks are required unless seated in socially distant chairs.

Attendees should please try to keep six-foot distance from other parties at all times.

Bryant Park chairs will be placed in exact positions by event staff. Please do not move chairs. Individuals in the distanced area may not enter the fully vaccinated/tested areas.

Protocol for Children

Children under the age of 12 can enter, accompanied by their parents, without a test, as long as their parents meet the attendance criteria.

Getting on the Lawn

For the protection of all Movie Nights attendees, all bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. will be inspected before entering the lawn area (the lawn and surrounding gravel area)

The gravel area surrounding the lawn opens 4pm. The lawn opens 5pm, weather permitting, and the film begins at sunset. Be prepared right at 5pm to claim your spot!

Should you leave the lawn area with your bag, it will be inspected again upon re-entry. The checkpoints are necessary to safeguard all those in attendance at Bryant Park Movie Nights.

Enjoy the film!

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