As you know, the lawn officially opens to the public at 5pm (it rests all day before so it stays soft and green). If the evening's weather is predicted to be especially beautiful, or if the film we're screening is particularly popular, moviegoers start lining up around the lawn's perimeter as early as 3pm, awaiting the announcement that the lawn is officially open. Here's the anatomy of the "lawn running."
|Then at 5, the lawn opens. With a cheer, everyone rushes onto the lawn and settles down on a blanket. Lawn captains dodge out of the way so they don't get trampled!|
|The view from above is even better. From our executive offices, you can see the lawn turn into one big quilt.|
|The lawn truly fills up. This photo is from opening day of this year's Film Festival, in which we screened Saturday Night Fever.|
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Mondays, June 16 through August 18
Lawn opens at 5pm
Films start 30 minutes after sunset