Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Lineup

By Mathew Katz on May 14, 2012 1:31pm 

An audience gathers at the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
An audience gathers at the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
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MIDTOWN — Grab your picnic blanket, a few friends and a carefully stashed bottle of wine — the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is back with an action-packed 20th anniversary celebrating the festival and reopening of the park itself.

This year's collection of films was selected from festival organizers' favorites from the past 20 years of Monday-night screenings.

The 10-week festival is set to kick off on June 18 with the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho,” which screened there in 2007.

Other favorites include “The Wizard of Oz” on July 2, “Roman Holiday” on July 16, and “Rebel Without A Cause” on July 30.

The festival will close with one never-before-screened classic, “Raiders of the Lost Ark," on August 20.

On top of 20th-anniversary screenings, the HBO-sponsored series is giving out festival prize packages to four lucky winners. The packages include Bryant Park and HBO swag, but more importantly, winners will get a pair of reserved seats to the movie of their choice in the park.

Fans of the festival can enter by commenting on the contest blog post, liking Bryant Park on Facebook or following it on Twitter.

The festival will run on Mondays from June to August, with the lawn opening to viewers at 5 p.m. Each movie will begin at sundown, and a full listing of this year's offerings can be found at the festival's website.

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