Free Summer Movies

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by Christina Parrella, 05/05/2013

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Free outdoor movie screenings are a welcome New York City tradition. This summer's offerings include flicks from almost every genre—including blockbusters, indie films and cult classics. Movies like Top Gun, The Goonies, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo are entertainment enough, but they make for an even better evening with iconic sights like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

There are so many gratis movie series in the five boroughs that it can be difficult to keep track of them all—but we're here to help. Below is a schedule of free film screenings throughout the City, organized by day of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all take place outside and start at sundown, typically around 8:30pm. So grab a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy cinema in the open air (and check back frequently for updates).

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
June 17: Tootsie
June 24: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
July 1: Frenzy
July 8: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 15: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
July 22: The African Queen
July 29: A Foreign Affair
August 5: Norma Rae
August 12: The Women
August 19: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
July 1: Little Fugitive, 60th Anniversary (canceled due to inclement weather)
July 8: Bending Steel
July 15: The Hunger Games
July 22: Wreck it Ralph
July 29: Men in Black III
August 5: The Avengers
August 12: Fame
August 19: TBA

Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market
July 16: Despicable Me
July 23: Wreck-It Ralph
July 30: The Goonies

Summer Movie Nights at mad46, The Roosevelt Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge
June 11: Men in Black III 
June 18: Dazed and Confused  
June 25: Jaws
July 9: A Bronx Tale   
July 23: Rock of Ages
August 6: Goodfellas 
August 13: Saturday Night Fever                                                     
August 20: Dirty Dancing     
September 9: Breakfast at Tiffany’s                               
September 20: The Big Chill                        
September 24: Animal House                     
October 2: Grease                                  
October 9: Grease II                        
October 16: Casablanca

Movies Across from Golden Pond
August 13: Madagascar 3
August 20: The Big Miracle
August 27: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 

Hello, Gorgeous! The Films of Barbra Streisand at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (indoors; free with suggested donation)
July 10: What's Up, Doc?, 6:30pm
July 17: The Way We Were, 6:30pm
July 24: A Star Is Born, 6:30pm
July 31: Yentl, 6:30pm
August 7: The Prince of Tides, 6:30pm

Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks for Grown-ups at Pier 63
July 10: Silver Linings Playbook
July 17: Looper
July 24: Argo
July 31: Moonrise Kingdom
August 7: The Avengers
August 14: Pitch Perfect
August 21: The Hunger Games

Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars at Pier I, Riverside Park
July 10: Gold Diggers of 1933
July 17: Duck Soup
July 24: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
July 31: Fiddler on the Roof
August 7: Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
August 14: Pitch Perfect

SummerScreen in McCarren Park 
July 10: Can't Hardly Wait 
July 17: Pee-wee's Big Adventure
July 24: The Craft
July 31: The Goonies
August 7: Speed
August 14: Audience Pick

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park
July 3: Our Nixon
July 10: A Screaming Man
July 17: Alamar
July 24: In Another Country
July 31: Domestic
August 7: Sugar
August 14: The Gleaners And I
August 21: The Edge Of Heaven
August 29: Rain Date

Syfy Movies with a View at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 11: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
July 18: Enter the Dragon
July 25: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
August 1: 8 Mile
August 8: Roman Holiday
August 15: Rocky
August 22: Vertigo
August 29: Audience Pick

Films In Tompkins 
June 13: O Brother Where Art Thou
June 20: Rushmore
June 27: Reservoir Dogs
July 11: Easy Rider
July 18: Drive
July 25: The Big Lebowski
August 1: Rocky Horror Picture Show
August 8: Chico and Rita
August 15: Romeo and Juliet

Intrepid Summer Movie Series
June 21: National Treasure
June 28: Jaws
July 26: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
August 2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
August 15: Top Gun
August 23: The Karate Kid (1984)

Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks for Kids at Pier 46
July 12: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
July 19: ParaNorman   
July 26: Who Framed Roger Rabbit  
August 2: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted  
August 9: Rise of the Guardians  
August 16: Beetlejuice 
August 23: The Adventures of Tintin

Films on the Green Festival
June 7: Mississippi Mermaid
June 14: The Art of Love
June 21: French Cancan
June 28: Angel and Tony
July 5: Heartbreaker
July 12: Marius and Jeannette
July 19: We Won't Grow Old Together
July 26: U
August 2: A Summer's Tale
September 5: Wild Reeds

Rockaway Civic's Beach Flix 
July 12: The Birds 
July 26: Iron Man 2
August 2: Young Frankenstein
August 9: Amazing Spiderman
August 17: Queens World Film Festival
August 23: Moonrise Kingdom
August 30: Despicable Me
September 6: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

June 22: Tropfest New York

Sony Wonder Technology Lab Screenings  (indoors; RSVP required)
May 11: Made of Honor, 12:15pm
May 11: Think Like a Man, 3pm
May 25: Searching for Sugar Man, 12:15pm
May 25: The Artist, 3pm
June 1: Fly Away Home, 12:15pm
June 1: The Pursuit of Happyness, 3pm
June 8: The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 12:15pm
June 8: Of Gods and Men, 3pm
June 15: Here Comes the Boom, 12:15pm
June 15: The Amazing Spider-Man, 3pm
June 22: Life, Above All, 12:15pm
June 22: Big Fish, 3pm
June 29: Restless, 12:15pm
June 29: Good Neighbor Sam, 3pm

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Outdoor Summer Movie Series
June 29: Hunger Games
July 12: The Breakfast Club (**Friday)
July 13: Pitch Perfect
July 27: Brave 
August 10: Rocky
August 24: Inception

July 20:
Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens 
Last Summer 
Lonely Eros 
My Green Pencil 
Tu & Eu
August 3: Vacation Land

Movie Night at Habana Outpost
May 5: The Warriors
May 12: Breakfast at Tiffany's
May 19: Poetic Justice
May 26: Purple Rain
June 2: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
June 9: Salsa
June 16: National Lampoon's Vacation
June 23: White Men Can't Jump
June 30: The Outsiders
July 7: Say Anything…
July 14: School Daze
July 21: Can't Buy Me Love
July 28: See No Evil, Hear No Evil
August 4: Pretty in Pink
August 11: Stand By Me
August 18: Grease
August 25: Fame
September 1: The Goonies
September 8: Down By Law
September 15: Saturday Night Fever
September 22: Hairspray (1988)
September 29: Back to the Future
October 6: Shaft (1971)
October 13: Blade Runner
October 20: Mad Max
October 27: Edward Scissorhands

Various Days
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
July 13: Dracula with the Philip Glass Ensemble
August 11: Beasts of the Southern Wild live score by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and The Wordless Music Orchestra

Fordham Road Business Improvement District Film Series at Fordham Plaza
June 28: Despicable Me
July 27: Megamind
September 6: Audience Pick

Rooftop Films (check official website for locations)
June 18: The Central Park Five 
June 20: Love Letter to the Fog / The Biggest- Smallest 
June 25: The Genius of Marian
July 2: William and the Windmill
July 3: Our Nixon
July 8: Bending Steel
July 13: Brasslands
July 31: Domestic 
August 2: North of South, West of East

Screenings in Staten Island (check official website for locations)
July 12: Here Comes the Boom
July 18: Jumanji
July 26: Brave
July 30: ParaNorman
August 7: ParaNorman

Various Days
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival at Central Park (Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive entrance)
Thursday, August 22: West Side Story
Friday, August 23: Hook
Saturday, August 24: Silver Linings Playbook
Sunday, August 25: The Shining
Monday, August 26: Raiders of the Lost Ark

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
    36 Battery Pl.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10280
  2. 2
    Riverside Park, Pier I
    W 70th St
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
  3. 3
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
  1. 4
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  2. 5
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  3. 6
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  1. 7
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217
  2. 8
    Sony Wonder Technology Lab
    550 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10022

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