Summers in New York City are usually synonymous with the outdoors: outdoor seating, reading, and even film screenings. This August, the Central Park Film Festival 2019 will present free movie screenings to the public! This will be the Central Park Conservancy’s 19th festival. Screenings will take place between Sheep’s Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive.
Seating is first come, first served and will open at 6:30 PM and the film will begin at dusk. This year, the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival promises an exciting line-up filled with classic sci-fi, rom-coms and a blockbuster superhero film.
Central Park Film Festival 2019 Lineup
Back to the Future (1985, PG)
A high-schooler is accidentally transported back in time to the 1950s, where he inadvertently interferes with his future parents’ budding romance. Now, the boy must figure out how to set things right or risk changing the future. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this sci-fi classic stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson.
Tuesday, August 13th
Moonstruck (1987, PG)
A Brooklyn widow, engaged to a mama’s boy, falls in love with her fiancé’s brother. Directed by Norman Jewison, this romantic comedy stars Cher, Danny Aiello, and Nicolas Cage.
Wednesday, August 14th
Black Panther (2018, PG-13)
A superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country’s natural resources to fund an uprising. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, this acclaimed sci-fi stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Since the screenings will be out in the open, the event is subject to cancellation due to weather. While you’re more than welcome to bring your friends, picnic blankets, and popcorn, the festival’s website advises against bringing alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, chairs, and video cameras.
The 19th annual film festival is sponsored by EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services. Their purpose is building a better working world.
The Central Park Conservancy was founded back in 1980 as a private, non-for-profit organization dedicated to taking care of the 160-year old park. Since then, it has over 300 staff members responsible for maintaining the park and its $84 million annual operating budget to provide an urban oasis for both tourists and locals.
Learn more about the Central Park Film Festival 2019 on the official event website.
Photos provided by the Central Park Conservancy.