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'Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie' Outdoor Film Series Returns to the Oculus This Summer

'Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie' Outdoor Film Series Returns to the Oculus This Summer

La La Land, When Harry Met Sally, and Mean Girls are just a few of the films to be screened.


For the second consecutive year, Westfield World Trade Center and Tribeca will bring a free summer outdoor film series to downtown Manhattan’s Oculus Plaza, according to a press release. On select weekends in June, July, and August, Oculus Plaza, located at the corner of Church and Dey streets in Tribeca, will be transformed into a relaxing, outdoor movie theater with comfy seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Come together with family, friends, and your Manhattan neighbors to enjoy two things all New Yorkers are very passionate about: food and free outdoor movie screenings.

This year’s series will take place over the course of three summer weekends, with one movie shown each day Thursday through Saturday. Films will begin at 7:30pm on each screening date.

The nine classic and fan favorite films, curated by the team that programs the Tribeca Film Festival, all share one common connection: a plot or key scene focused on food. The film schedule is as follows:

June films will pair stories that transport you all around the country, from Los Angeles to Miami to the Big Easy.

  • Thursday, June, 14: La La Land
  • Friday, June, 15: Chef
  • Saturday, June, 16: The Princess and the Frog
The screenings in July bring us home again with quintessential hometown stories New Yorkers know and love.
  • Thursday, July, 12: When Harry Met Sally
  • Friday, July, 13: Moonstruck
  • Saturday, July, 14: Lady and the Tramp
The series will finish off in August with three comedies featuring stars who got their start in late night TV. 
  • Thursday, Aug. 9: Mean Girls
  • Friday Aug. 10: Coming to America
  • Saturday, Aug. 11: Elf

“There is no greater experience than being under the wings of the Oculus, enjoying live entertainment, food, friends, and outdoor films,” said Shari C. Hyman, vice president and general manager of Westfield World Trade Center, in a press release. “With our expanded weekend series offerings, we are making sure everyone has a chance to experience it.”



To make the experience even more enjoyable, the screenings will include live music, Westfield retailer prizes, and a chic lounge and dining area complete with food and beverage offerings provided by some of Westfield World Trade Center’s tastiest restaurants and eateries. Restaurants and eateries include Eataly NYC Downtown, Blue Bottle Coffee, Nunu Chocolates, Choza Taqueria, and Grom. 

Screenings are free and open to the public, on a first come first served basis. Tickets may be reserved in advance on Eventbrite.


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