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Brooklyn Exhibition Spaces
Posted October 12, 2010 to photo album "Brooklyn Exhibition Spaces"
As part of Movie City Brooklyn, Nick Dawson takes a trip around some of the most interesting places to catch a movie in the New York borough.
Slide 5: Movies with a View
New Yorkers do pretty well when it comes to free outdoor movie screenings. In Manhattan, you can lounge on the grass of Bryant Park next to the New York Public Library’s majestic Schwartzman Building, while in Brooklyn you get an even more cinematic setting in which to watch a film. In 2000, the brilliant idea was conceived to show movies in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, with the East River and the skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan as a backdrop. Now in its eleventh year, Movies with a View is continuing to grow in popularity, and now has relocated (still within Brooklyn Bridge Park) to the newly opened Pier 1. The movies screened by Movies with a View are chosen by an all-volunteer committee, so it’s not surprising that the movies are fan favorites, a mixture of New York classics (such as Woody Allen’s Annie Hall), cult hits (the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski, John Landis’ The Blues Brothers), and a fair number of family-friendly thrown in for good measure also. Writing about the experience of watching Annie Hall at the new Pier 1 location, blogger Grace Aldridge wrote, “The views of the bridge and skyline are amazing and totally worth the trip if you’re coming from other boroughs. … We were surprised by how quiet everyone was watching the movie – a welcome change from other outdoor film experiences involving screaming children.”