Marking an incredible milestone of presenting "stars under the stars,", the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America with Swedish Fish, JLL, WeWork and Time Out, in association with Bryant Park Corporation, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a New York themed line-up.
Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Summer Mondays — lawn opens at 5PM and films start rolling 30 minutes after sunset. The festival runs from June 19 through August 21.
Starting at 7PM, Bryant Park's restrooms are for women only.
Both women and men can use portable facilities on 40th Street.
Nearest subways

F Train M Train B Train D Train 7 Train

The F, M, B, D (42/Bryant Park) and 7 (5th Avenue) trains stop directly below the park. Times Square and Grand Central Terminal are also within a short walk.
What to bring
If you want to watch from the lawn, bring a blanket and arrive early. You can also watch from one of the 4,000 park chairs.

Pack food/snacks or take advantage of Bryant Park's five food kiosks or vendors from the Hester Street Fair.

Bring your bike and park for free in the park at 6th Avenue and 41st Street.

What not to bring
No dogs, tables, chairs, cardboard, plastic sheets or tarps of any kind are allowed on the lawn. Drugs, alcohol, musical instruments and radios/CD players are also not permitted. All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. are subject to search. Smoking is prohibited.
Post-Movie Discussions
Discuss likes, dislikes, plots and more afterwards at nearby restaurants or bars.
Official Site
Captions will be displayed for all films.
6/19 6/26 7/3 7/10 7/17
King Kong On the Town The Muppets Take Manhattan Sabrina Wall Street
7/24 7/31 8/7 8/14 8/21
Pillow Talk The Hustler All That Jazz North by Northwest Dirty Dancing

King Kong

June 19

(Warner Bros.)
The granddaddy of all monster movies is a variation on the old “beauty and the beast” story. The adventure fantasy about the girl and the giant ape has been remade a few times, but there's nothing like the original. Kong is captured on tropical Skull Island and brought back to New York for exhibition. Of course, this doesn't turn out well for anyone and the poor monkey finds himself atop the Empire State Building, swatting at fighter planes. Max Steiner’s music swells, as Fay Wray's lungs get quite a workout. “Kong” did not win any Oscars for Special Effects, as the award did not yet exist.
(1933) 100 Min. (NOT RATED)

On the Town

June 26

(Warner Bros.)
“New York, New York it’s a wonderful (helluva) town.” So goes the song in this glorious Technicolor musical that follows three sailors on leave in the Big Apple. Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin and Gene Kelly meet up with Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen after jumping ship at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Stanley Donen (and Kelly) directed this adaptation of the successful Broadway hit with book, lyrics and music by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein. Much was filmed on location (a first for Hollywood musicals) where “the Bronx is up, and the Battery’s down.”
(1949) 98 Min. (NOT RATED)

The Muppets Take Manhattan

July 3

Hey gang! Let’s put on a show! Ambitious Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends bring their college musical (“Manhattan Melodies”) to the Big Apple. Getting a producer interested and mounting the show on the Great White Way is not so easy as anticipated. Lots of guest stars (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, James Coco, Gregory Hines, Brooke Shields, Ed Koch, etc.) show up along the way before the troupe’s Broadway dream comes true. Directed by Frank Oz, voiced by Jim Henson, Oz and crew.
(1984) 94 Min. (G)


July 10

Bosley Crowther of the NY Times called this Billy Wilder winner “the most delightful comedy-romance in years.” The contemporary fairy tale finds the poor chauffer’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn) pursued by the two sons (Humphrey Bogart, William Holden) of her father’s rich Long Island employer. This is after she returns elegantly from a couple of years in Paris where she has learned to make an omelet and to wear gorgeous clothes. Edith Head won an Oscar for the costumes, though an unaccredited Givenchy designed Audrey’s chic outfits.
(1954) 113 Min. (NOT RATED)

Wall Street

July 17

“Greed is good” is the mantra of ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). Climbing the ladder of success is ambitious young broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), who is taken under Gekko’s wing. Oliver Stone directed this drama of high finance, buying and selling, insider trading and securities fraud as a follow-up to the celebrated “Platoon.” A bullish Douglas won an Oscar as Best Actor for his effort, while Daryl Hannah won a Razzie as Worst Supporting Actress. The market crash of Black Monday (October 19, 1987) was only a few months before the film’s opening.
(1987) 126 Min. (R)

Pillow Talk

July 24

Doris Day (scoring her only Oscar nomination) plays a single New York interior decorator sharing a telephone party line (remember them?) with a bachelor composer (Rock Hudson). The playboy’s over active social life tends to hog the phone line, which leads to mutual loathing. The romantic comedy won an Oscar for Original Story and Screenplay beating out such heavyweights as Wild Strawberries and North By Northwest. Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter provide droll comic support for Day and Hudson who were successfully teamed up for two more romps.
(1959) 105 Min. (NOT RATED)

The Hustler

July 31

Nominated for 9 Oscars, this dark and gritty tale of pool hall sharks won for Cinematography and Art Direction. Fast Eddie (Paul Newman) is a hungry, small-time upstart with dreams of beating the unbeatable Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), a living legend and the reigning champion of major league pool. Eddie has a lot to learn, but the lessons come with a price. George C. Scott, as a shady big-time gambler, refused his nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but Gleason gladly accepted his. Newman won an Oscar of his own years later when he played Fast Eddie again in “The Color of Money.”
(1961) 134 Min. (NOT RATED)

All That Jazz

August 7

“It’s showtime, folks!” Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is a workaholic Broadway director and choreographer. He is also a womanizer, a heavy drinker, a chain smoker and frequent pill popper. Bob Fosse directed this jazzy, thinly-veiled autobiographical film showcasing his very own personal demons. Not surprisingly, Gideon (like Fosse) eventually finds himself in a life-or-death struggle as he goes under the knife for open-heart surgery. Nominated for nine Oscars, “Jazz” won four (Score, Art Direction, Costumes, Editing). If you can survive it, there’s no business-like show business.
(1979) 123 Min. (R)

North by Northwest

August 14

(Warner Bros.)
Alfred Hitchcock was at the top of his game when he directed Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in this sophisticated cross-country thriller. Bachelor Grant is a dapper, Madison Avenue ad executive who becomes a victim of mistaken identity and is soon on the run for his life. Saint’s a mysterious, blonde seductress who seems more than eager to help out the handsome fugitive. Classic set pieces play out at the U.N. headquarters and in an Indiana cornfield. The breathless climax finds Grant and Saint dangling from a presidential profile on Mt. Rushmore.
(1959) 136 Min. (NOT RATED)

Dirty Dancing

August 21

(Lions Gate)
In the summer of ’63, seventeen-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) goes on vacation with her family to a resort in the Catskills. Baby is bored until she meets hunky professional dancer Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Before you can say “Dancing with the Stars,” he is teaching her some pelvic moves and she is taking the place of his dance partner who has turned up pregnant. Needless to say, Baby’s daddy does not approve of the couple’s suggestive gyrations. North Carolina and Virginia stand in for the upstate New York locations in this surprise hit. Like Baby, you’ll have the time of your life.
(1987) 100 Min. (PG-13)