What They'Re Watching On The Roof

The New York Times, June 2013


Forget doggie day cares, yoga rooms, and resident lounges. Luxury apartment buildings are rolling out movie projectors and popcorn makers this summer to keep residents entertained. Summer movie screenings range from double features on the communal lawn to makeshift rooftop theaters against the backdrop of the city skyline. Below, a sampling of what residents are watching in rental and condominium complexes across Manhattan.

Mercedes House at 550 West 54th Street

WHAT’S SHOWING “Superman,” (PG) the 1978 action adventure based on the DC Comics character of the same name. (Thursday, June 13)

WHO’S IN IT Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

THE SETTING The outdoor theater, located on the ground level, has a built-in projector and amphitheater-style benches that seat 120 people with additional outdoor deck space for 150. Popcorn and bottled water are served.