Outdoor Cinema Kicks Off!

One of the best parts of Summer is the pop-up outdoor movies. What could be better than a blanket, warm weather, some great friends, snacks, and a huge movie! For the next eight weeks, Socrates Sculpture Park is going to be home to an outdoor cinema – and they’re kicking off tonight! Here’s some more info:

Outdoor Cinema


WEDNESDAYS, JULY 1 – AUGUST 19, 2015   |   7 PM
Pre-screening performances at 7 PM, films begins at sundown

Film Forum and Socrates Sculpture Park are pleased to announce the 2015 programming for the park’s Outdoor Cinema film festival: eight weeks of international movies shown under the stars, Wednesday evenings, July 1 – August 19. The series is presented by Socrates and Film Forum, in collaboration with Rooftop Films. Now celebrating its 17th year, the festival features open-air cinema, music, dance, and food, held in the 5-acre waterfront park in Long Island City, Queens. Admission is free.

While New York City hosts many outdoor summer movie series, this festival distinguishes itself by its critically acclaimed, international array of titles, programmed by Film Forum (six evenings below) and Rooftop Films (two evenings). This festival invites visitors to picnic on the grass, see musical and dance performances, enjoy the cool waterfront breeze as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline, and watch exceptional international films on an outdoor screen.



Outdoor Cinema 2015 is made possible, in part, by funds from the Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, as well as public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council.

Socrates Sculpture Park is grateful for the support of the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Commissioner Cynthia López.


You can see the entire film schedule here!