This summer there is a series of free, outdoor, classic movie screenings, playing on Monday nights in Bryant Park, located at 40th Street and 6th Ave.  Last night I went to go see "The Man Who Knew too Much," which was a film with James Stewart and Doris Day, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Needless to say the filmed rocked.

If you are the type of person that hates crows or would be uncomfortable sitting on a beach towel in the grass for hours, then this may not be the event for you.  If you like crowds and classic movies, though, you will have a great time at Bryant Park.  By sitting next to the same people for hours, you will get to meet a lot of new, interesting people.  I met this one woman who's son is going to be the next Verizon spokesperson.  Pretty exciting.
Be careful who you sit next too, though.  If you sit next to the wrong type of people, it could ruin your entire evening.  For someone reason, lots of people around me kept complaining throughout the entire time there.  For some reason, they thought that the free movie should come with the frills of a $10 movie.  When I first sat down, for example, this older woman gave me the awkward eye for merely sitting next too her.  Fortunately people in back of me left, so I got to move away from her.  She was a really angry person.  During the movie, she started yelling at this one young woman who apparently was talking.  She yelled "Will you be quite!  This whole time you've been going YAKITY-YAK-YAK-YAK!!!!!  Just Shut-Up!!!!!"  The young woman stepped up, though, and was like "LADY, YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN NOW!!!!."  I thought it was going to come down to a battle of the fisticuffs, which would have been cool since I had ring side seats. 

Well, anyway, when I moved, I sat next to another older lady who complained every time someone got up and moved, because it was so crowed.  Even though we were there an hour and a half before the movie started, she complained the whole time.  Her complaints just never lost their novelty to her.  She would say things like "Can't these kids go to the bathroom before they come here????  Why do they keep getting up???  Why can't they just sit down????  Can't they see it's crowded????"
So, if you don't mind sitting on a beach towel on the grass for 5 hours, and you don't mind crowds, you will really love the film series at Bryant Park.  Plus it is a really great cheap date.  If you bring along with you a nice blanket, a picnic basket, and some wine and cheese, you will really look like you know what you are doing.  Below is the schedule of films that will be playing this summer at Bryant Park.
JUNE 17: ON THE TOWN
JUNE 24: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
JULY 1:   THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JULY 8:   LOST HORIZON
JULY 15: THE MUMMY  (the 1934 version)
JULY 22: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
JULY 29: THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
AUG 5:    GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
AUG 12:   A SUMMER PLACE
AUG 19:   BYE BYE BIRDIE
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