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There’s no place like home, especially if home is Brooklyn in the summertime. The perks include a free outdoor movie series on the bank of the East River, hosted by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which kicks off on July 6 with "The Wizard of Oz" (pictured at left) and continues through Aug. 24.

"Movies in Motion" has been announced as the theme to this year’s "Movies With a View" series, sponsored by the conservancy and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The series will feature eight films every Thursday night, and in the sprit of the theme, will feature journeys and road movies from different periods. All movies will be screened at sundown at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO.

"The Volunteer Film Committee engages in many rigorous brainstorming sessions," said Jacqui Lipson, director of public affairs for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. "This year, they decided that motion was a big part of many Brooklynites’ lives. Transportation and motion are constants in our lives, especially this close to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan."

Although the film schedule begins with the family-friendly "Wizard" on July 6, it’s followed by the counterculture classic "Easy Rider" on July 13. On July 20, Alfred Hitchcock’s "Strangers on a Train" will be featured, followed by Tim Burton’s first movie, "Pee Wee’s Big Adventure," on July 27. Aug. 3 will feature "The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" and Aug. 10 will bring "Bonnie and Clyde." "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will be screened Aug. 17, and the series will conclude the following week, Aug. 24, with "The Warriors," the story of a street gang’s journey from the Bronx to Coney Island.

Pre-movie mood music will be provided every week at 6 pm by DUMBO’s Halcyon The Shop. Fresh popcorn and other snacks will be available, as well as beach chair rental and free valet parking for bicycles. The film series is free - as is the priceless view of the Manhattan skyline.

All films in the series will be screened in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (Water and New Dock streets in DUMBO). Admission is free. For more information, including rain dates, call the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at (718) 802-0603.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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