Get Outdoors for Brooklyn's Summer Film Screenings
BROOKLYN — Weather be damned — Brooklyn is ready for the unofficial start of summer this weekend with the beginning of its annual outdoor film screenings.
From high up on the rooftops of Gowanus to the beach blankets of Coney Island, this season will offer plenty of options for the borough's film buffs.
This year showcases classics such as "Rocky" and "Grease" alongside cult classics such as "The Craft." There are even some outlets for short films, and for first-time filmmakers to show off their work.
Entrance to each of the below screenings is free, except for Rooftop Films, which sells tickets unless otherwise noted.
Habana Outpost Movie Night, 757 Fulton St., Fort Greene
This eco-friendly spot — which features a bicycle-powered blender for do-it-yourself frozen margaritas and a bathroom with a rain filtration system — has already begun showing its annual summer film series, and will continue to do so every Sunday night at 8 p.m. through October. Spring for the popular Mexican grilled corn with cheese, chili powder and lime if you're looking for a movie snack, or check out their full menu if you're looking for something a little more filling.
May 26 - Purple Rain
June 2 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
June 9 - Salsa
June 16 - National Lampoon's Vacation
June 23 - White Men Can't Jump
June 30 - The Outsiders
July 7 - Say Anything
July 14 - School Daze
July 21 - Can't Buy Me Love
July 28 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Aug 4 - Pretty in Pink
Aug 11 - Stand By Me
Aug 18 - Grease
Aug 25 - Fame
Sep 1 - The Goonies
Sep 8 - Down By Law
Sep 15 - Saturday Night Fever
Sep 22 - Hairspray
Sep 29 - Back to the Future
Oct 6 - Shaft
Oct 13 - Blade Runner
Oct 20 - Mad Max
Oct 27 - Edward Scissorhands
SummerScreen 2013, McCarren Park, Williamsburg
This sprawling film series returns this summer with a free movie every Wednesday in July and August at sundown, plus a music lineup curated by promoter Todd P. of SHOWPAPER starting at 6 p.m. This year features an "audience pick" on the sixth and final Wednesday, and fans can vote for Mallrats, the Neverending Story, High Fidelity, the Breakfast Club, the Big Lebowski, Heathers or Scream on Facebook.
July 10 - Can't Hardly Wait
July 17 - Pee Wee's Big Adventure
July 24 - The Craft
July 31 - The Goonies
Aug 7 - Speed
Aug 14 - (Audience Pick)
Brooklyn Bridge Park Syfy Movies With a View, Brooklyn Heights, Thursdays in July and August at 6 p.m.
This year, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has chosen the theme "With Love From...," a celebration of films with iconic locations, Thursdays in July and August at 6 p.m. The final day also features an audience vote, where the public can choose Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Las Vegas), Good Will Hunting (Boston) or Lost in Translation (Tokyo.)
July 11 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Chicago)
July 18 - Enter the Dragon (Hong Kong)
July 25 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (London)
Aug 1 - 8 Mile (Detroit)
Aug 6 - Roman Holiday (Rome)
Aug 15 - Rocky (Philadelphia)
Aug 22 - Vertigo (San Francisco)
Aug 29 - (Public Vote)
Better known for its outdoor concerts featuring bands like They Might be Giants and Belle & Sebastian, Celebrate Brooklyn nonetheless has two screenings for movie buffs to enjoy this summer, complete with a live score. The Phillip Glass Ensemble will perform the score Glass himself composed for the film in 1998, while the live score to Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was composed by Dan Romer and director Benh Zeitlin, will be performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra.
July 13 - Dracula (with live score by the Phillip Glass Ensemble), 7:30 p.m.
Aug 8 - Beasts of the Southern Wild (with live score by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, & The Wordless Music Orchestra), 8 p.m.
Rooftop Films Summer Series
The Summer Series from Rooftop Films promises "underground movies outdoors" in multiple locations throughout August, and includes independent feature length films and shorts. The organizers choose the film to suit the venue, and most screenings include a Q & A session with the filmmakers, according to their website. (Free screenings are marked as such.)
June 12, Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn - Interface Innovation (Short Films) (Free)
June 22, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Tiger Tail in Blue
June 27, BAM Cinematek Outdoors, Fort Greene - Drinking Buddies
July 6, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Belleville Baby
July 8, on the beach at Coney Island - Bending Steel (Free)
July 26, Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, Williamsburg - Animation Block Party (Short Films)
July 27, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Industriance: Black Out (Short Films)
Aug 2, Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn - North of South, West of East (Free)
Aug 3, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Cutie and the Boxer
Aug 8, Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, Williamsburg - Twelve O'Clock Boys
Aug 10, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Elena
Aug 16, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - F-ck For Forest
Aug 17, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Rooftop Shots
In addition to the schedules featured above, some other venues are showing films throughout the summer, but haven't posted a schedule online.
Lavender Lake, at 383 Carroll St. in Gowanus, has free movie nights every Tuesday and Wednesday night through the summer.
Coney Island Flicks on the Beach will screen free movies Monday nights in July and August.
Piper Theatre Workshops, at the Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope, hosts Piper Films, where students work to create one short film per week during the month of July, according to the city. Finished products are shown on an outdoor screen.