BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Brooklyn Bridge Park kicks off their 13th year of Movies with a View Thursday night with the 80s classic, "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial," giving viewers the opportunity to watch Elliot fly across the sky with E.T. in his bicycle basket and the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
Movies with a View, a free event, puts movies up on the big screen in Harbor View Lawn on the edge of the East River in the park. Moviegoers not only enjoy the flick, but also the surrounding scene.
"People come from all over the city to watch a movie silhouetted by unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline," said Rachel Fletcher, a communications associate for the park. "And there are usually about 5,000 people watching."
The night starts with music DJed by Brooklyn Radio, next BAMcinématek curates a short film and as the sun goes down, the feature begins. Viewers can bring blankets and snacks and enjoy the open-air theater.
Other movies of the summer include "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Clueless," and "The Big Chill." The series ends on Aug. 30 and residents get the chance to vote for what they want to see on the final night.
Full film schedule and information about voting can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge Park website.