Moonlight & Movies: On the Waterfront

When: Tuesday, September 10, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Price: $15 General Admission
Still of Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" © Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan introduces this outdoor screening of Elia Kazan’s 1954 classic On the Waterfront (108 min). Egan’s latest novel, historical noir thriller Manhattan Beach, and On the Waterfront, which stars Marlon Brando as brooding dock worker Terry Malloy, both traverse the crime-ridden underworld of New York City’s shipyards in the 1940s. Examine how On the Waterfront and Manhattan Beach intertwine and what they reveal about corruption, morality, and the experience of work. 

Ticket includes your choice of a glass of beer or wine.

To view all of our Moonlight & Movies outdoor film screenings, click here

About the Speaker:
Jennifer Egan is the author of several books and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was selected as the One Book, One New York City-wide read. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is currently the President of PEN America and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

This program also accompanies our exhibition, City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (opens May 1, 2019). To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

Start time subject to change, check back for details. In the case of rain, the screening will be moved indoors and take place at the same time. 

View a trailer of the film here: 

$15 General Admission
Ticket includes your choice of a glass of beer or wine

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

City of Workers, City of Struggle and its associated programs are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd

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