Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Film Festival FAQs

The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America returns to the lawn with Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Here is everything you'll need to know for this upcoming Monday evening (and nine Mondays thereafter).

1. What movies are showing?
See the full list and descriptions here.

2. When should I get there?
The lawn is closed all day on Mondays so the grass can rest, in preparation for the thousands of guests who come for the film. (Read more on our grass maintenance philosophy here.) The gravel around the lawn opens at 4pm, and the lawn opens at 5pm sharp. The rush of people onto the lawn at 5pm is a sight to behold.

3. What is the capacity of the lawn and how quickly does it fill up?
How quickly the lawn fills up depends on the evening's movie and the weather, but we can fit a LOT of people on the lawn – thousands! If you’re worried about getting a spot, we recommend getting there early, within an hour of the lawn’s opening at 5pm.
It gets crowded, but there's room for everyone!
4. What time do the movies start?
Every week at the Film Fest, we wait for the sun to set so that the movies are visible. The show starts 30 minutes after sunset. Our first film begins on the longest day of the year when the sun sets later. This means June movies may not begin until 9pm, while August movies begin a little after 8pm.

5. How do I access the lawn?
There are multiple entrances around the lawn’s perimeter. The lawn is wheelchair accessible via several entrance ramps to the park.There is also a fantastic unobstructed view from the Upper Terrace.

6. What can I bring to the Film Fest?
Food, friends, and a blanket to sit on! Some people bring board games, books, and knitting projects to entertain themselves as they wait for the films to start.

7. What shouldn’t I bring to the Film Fest?
Lawn chairs from home aren’t allowed on the lawn, as they block the view of those behind you. Plastic tarps and pets are both prohibited on the lawn, as they damage the grass. Alcohol and smoking are banned from all NYC parks. For the safety of film fest attendees, all bags are subject to search upon entry.

8. I hear there's popcorn at the Film Fest. Is it really free?
You betcha! Be on the lookout for our partners on the Fountain Terrace with all sorts of goodies: Bank of America will be giving away popcorn, Peapod is handing out gift bags, and visit Lord & Taylor’s GIF photo booth for jelly beans.
Gordo's will be back with fresh street corn, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and guacamole.
9. Can I buy food in the park?
Yes, delicious food! Hester Street Fair returns to the Film Fest this year, dishing out food from Gordo’s Cantina, Huertas, En Japanese Brasserie, Oconomi, Black Tap Burger, Black Tree, Spur Tree, Mr. Bing's, Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, Clean Shave Ice, and Renegade Lemonade. The fair is open from 4pm until the film begins.
You can also visit our food kiosks: Le Pain QuotidienWafels & DingesBreads BakeryCOFFEED, and Southwest Porch. And, of course, Bryant Park is surrounded by a variety of restaurants and food options.

10. Where are bathrooms?
The award-winning Bryant Park restrooms are located by the Upper Terrace, but these are ladies-only after 7pm. There are porto-san restrooms along 40th Street for the Film Festival.

11. What happens if it rains?
Wear your wetsuit! We try not to cancel unless the downpour is absolutely torrential. For reference, we haven't cancelled a film in nine years.
See you there!
For those who aren't familiar with this week's film, here's a brief description:

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris' trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act. (PG-13) Paramount

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America 
Mondays, June 20 - August 22
Lawn opens at 5pm


  1. the link you attached in item 1 takes you to the 2015 schedule!

    1. Thank you, Barbara! We've fixed the link. See you soon at the Film Fest!