Monday, August 23, 2010

Free Movies in Central Park -- Central Park Film Festival August 24-28

It's time for another New York-centric event: the eighth annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival showing free movies all week long. This isn't a festival about New York City attitude; it's a showcase of "Iconic New York" films, films with standout NYC locations and sights.

Tuesday, August 24: Fame (1980)
The musical Fame, with so many of our favorites 80s songs, follows four New York City High School for the Performing Arts students from auditions to graduation. 134 min.

Wednesday, August 25: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
A recent remake of the original 1974 fear-inducing thriller, the movie spotlights a New York subway train dispatcher who must reason with armed subway hijackers. In an updated twist, hostage passengers communicate by laptop computer. Denzel Washington and John Travolta star. 106 min.

Thursday, August 26: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
A Brooklyn youth (John Travolta) escapes his family and work life troubles by dancing at the local disco and being king of the dance floor. The views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are as stunning asTony Manero's white suit. 118 min.

Friday, August 27: King Kong (1933)
In this cult classic stop-motion animation film, a giant gorilla, wrongly taken from Skull Island to Manhattan, attempts to possess a beautiful blond actress. The film that spawned a cottage industry of King Kong imposters at the Empire State Building. 100 min.

Saturday, August 28: Manhattan (1979)
Woody Allen's romantic comedy chronicles the love life of a twice-divorced writer as he courts a high school student and eventually falls in love with his best friend’s mistress. Manhattan at its most romantic. Starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. 96 min.

What You Need to Know: Gates open at 6:30pm, with screening at 8pm rain or shine; all movies are close captioned. From 6:30-8pm, a guest DJ will spin tunes. Pick up a "Picnic Basket To-Go" at Le Pain Quotidien's in-the-park location at Mineral Springs; if you've forgotten your blanket, you can buy one there as well. No alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, chairs, plastic tarps, video cameras, tape recorders or flash cameras allowed.

Location: Just north of Sheep Meadow in Central Park, behind Mineral Springs (at 69th Street; enter Park at 72nd Street).

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