Free Summer Movies

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by Christina Parrella, 05/04/2014

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In New York City, free outdoor movie screenings rule the summer. Not only do they provide a night of gratis entertainment, they offer the chance to see new films and old classics with breathtaking sights like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline as backdrops.

Cinephiles will love this summer's offerings, which include everything from recent blockbusters like American Hustle and cult classics like Heathers to new flicks such as Happy Christmas.  

Below is a schedule of free film screenings throughout the City, primarily organized by day of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all take place outside and start at sundown. So grab a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy cinema in the open air.

Many series have yet to announce their programs, so check back frequently for updates.

Monday
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
June 16: Saturday Night Fever
June 23: The Mark Of Zorro
June 30: A Soldier’s Story
July 7: Blazing Saddles
July 14: Suddenly Last Summer
July 21: National Lampoon’s Vacation
July 28: Key Largo
August 4: The Karate Kid
August 11: Lover Come Back
August 18: The Shining

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
June 30: Gravity
July 7: Frozen
July 14:  E.T. the Extra Terrestrial 
July 21:  Iron Man 3
July 28: The Lego Movie
August 4: American Hustle
August 11: Dirty Dancing
August 18: Audience Choice (The Sandlot, Grease or The Goonies)

Mixed Movie Mondays at the Brooklyn Historical Society
August 4: Imitation of Life 
August 11: My Beautiful Laundrette
August 18: Toasted Marshmallows

Tuesday
Summer Movie Nights at mad46
June 10: Caddyshack                                       
June 24: Man of Steel                
July 8: Rocky                                                  
July 22: Little Shop of Horrors
August 5: Skyfall 
August 19: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
September 9: Gravity

Red Hook Flicks           
July 8: Dazed and Confused                                                 
July 15: Hustle and Flow
July 22: The Incredibles 
July 29: Fried Green Tomatoes 
August 5: Paris Is Burning 
August 12: Madagascar 
August 19: Independence Day
August 26: On the Waterfront 

Arts, Culture & Fun Film Series at Sunset, Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (West Village)
July 8: Wayne's World                                             
July 15: Breaking Away
July 22: Edward Scissorhands
July 29: To Catch a Thief
August 5: Young Frankenstein 
August 12: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
August 19: Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26: Hugo    

Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market
June 24: When Harry Met Sally
July 8: Frozen
July 25: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
July 29: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

A Richard Pryor Triple Play at BAM
July 8: Bustin' Loose 
July 15: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
July 22: Wattstax

Summer Movie Night Presented by the New York Restoration Center
July 8: The Princess Bride
July 15: Despicable Me 2
July 22: Pete’s Dragon
July 29: Free Willy
August 5: Big
August 12: Singin’ in the Rain
August 19: Monsters, Inc.
August 26: Little Giants

Wednesday
Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind, Museum of Jewish Heritage (indoors, all films start at 6:30pm)
June 25: Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 2: Saving Private Ryan 
July 9: Jurassic Park 
July 16: Amistad
July 23: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 30: Schindler's List 
August 6: Jaws  
August 13: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks Big Hit Wednesdays on Pier 63
July 9: Iron Man 3
July 16: American Hustle
July 23: This Is the End
July 30: The Lego Movie
August 6: Lone Survivor
August 13: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
August 20: Captain Phillips

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park [PDF]
July 9: Clueless
July 16: Back to the Future
July 23: Harold and Maude
July 30: The Princess Bride
August 6: Anchors Aweigh
August 13: The Outsiders

SummerScreen in McCarren Park
July 9: Back to the Future
July 16: Zoolander
July 23: Cry-Baby
July 30: Heathers 
August 6: The Big Lebowski
August 13: Audience Pick

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park 
July 2: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
July 9: La Pirogue
July 16: The Deadly Ponies Gang
July 23: Umberto D.
July 30: Viola 
August 6: Forest Of The Dancing Spirits
August 13: 13 Assassins
August 20: Microcosmos 

Thursday
Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park 
July 10: Duck Soup
July 17: Sharknado
July 24: Fantastic Mr. Fox 
July 31: Beetlejuice 
August 7: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 
August 14: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 
August 21: The Birds 
August 28: Public Vote 

Seaport Film Festival
July 24: Cockpit
July 31: Nosotros Los Nobles
August 14: Au revoir Taipei
August 21: Amelie 

Friday
Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks Family Fridays on Pier 46 
July 11: Despicable Me 2           
July 18: Ghostbusters        
July 25: Ghostbusters II             
August 1: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
August 8: Groundhog Day            
August 15: The Smurfs 2         
August 22: The Wizard of Oz 

Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
July 25: Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
August 8: THX 1138 with Asian Dub Foundation and Taylor McFerrin

Films on the Green 
May 30: Purple Noon
June 6: Les Tontons Flingueurs
June 13: Buffet Froid          
June 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
June 27: La Haine
July 11: The Moustache
July 18: Grand Illusion        
July 25: Le Magnifique             
August 1: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters 
September 4: The French Minister

Free Summer Movies on Fordham Road
June 20: Frozen
September 20: The Lego Movie

Rockaway Civic's Beach Flix, Rockaway Beach (106th St.) 
September 5:
Recursion
Day 6011
The Rehearsal
SHIFT
Unfold
El Lado Frio De La Almohada (The Cold Side of the Pillow)
Noite Perdida (A Wasted Night)

Saturday
Sony Wonder Technology Lab Feature Screenings (indoors; reserve your spot two weeks prior to each show)
May 10: WALL-E, 3pm
May 17: The Iron Giant, 3pm
May 24: Short Circuit, 3pm
May 31: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, 3pm
June 7: The Monuments Men, 12:15pm
June 7: After Earth, 3pm
June 14: The Past, 12:15pm
June 14: Think Like a Man, 3pm
June 21: The Social Network, 12:15pm
June 21: Searching for Sugar Man, 3pm
June 28: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 12:15pm
June 28: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, 3pm

Flic Nic in the Street, Travers Park (Jackson Heights) 
July 19:
Recursion
Day 6011
The Rehearsal
SHIFT
Unfold
El Lado Frio De La Almohada (The Cold Side of the Pillow)
Noite Perdida (A Wasted Night)

July 26:
Thanks
The Hero Pose
Tu Seras Un Homme (You'll Be a Man)

Sunday
Movie Night at Habana Outpost, Brooklyn (all films start at 8pm)
May 11: Crooklyn
May 18: Fist of Fury
May 25: Police Academy
June 1: Poetic Justice
June 8: Salsa
June 15: Victory
June 22: Coming to America
June 29: Black Orpheus 
July 6: Top Gun
July 13: The Outsiders
July 20: Heathers
July 27: Tootsie
August 3: 9 to 5
August 10: Singin’ in the Rain
August 17: West Side Story
August 24: Purple Rain
August 31: The Bodyguard
September 7: Hoosiers 
September 14: Wild Style
September 21: The Big Lebowski
September 28: Foxy Brown
October 5: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
October 12: Dog Day Afternoon
October 19: The Shining
October 26: The Twilight Zone Marathon

Alfred Hitchcock Film Series, Mid-Manhattan Library (screenings begin at 2pm) 
July 20: The Trouble With Harry 
July 27: Vertigo 
August 3: The Birds 
August 10: Marnie
August 17: Family Plot   

Various Days
Intrepid Summer Movie Series, Intrepid flight deck
Thursday, July 10: Independence Day
Thursday, July 17: Gravity
Thursday, July 24: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Thursday, July 31: The Hunt for Red October
Thursday, August 7: Spaceballs
Thursday, August 14: Captain Phillips
Wednesday, August 20: Top Gun

Movies at Crocheron Park (all films start at 8pm)
Friday, May 30: Super Buddies
Friday, June 6: Brave     
Friday, June 13: Tangled   
Tuesday, August 12: Despicable Me 2
Tuesday, August 19: Monsters University
Tuesday, August 26: Europa Report

Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series  (check official website for locations)
Tuesday, June 24: When Harry Met Sally (*playing in all five boroughs)
Friday, July 11: Dawn
Friday, July 11: Fear of Flying
Friday, July 11: More Than Two Hours
Friday, July 11: Mr. Lamb
Friday, July 11: Rabbit and Deer
Friday, July 11: Noah
Thursday, July 24: Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop
Thursday, July 24: Wind
Friday, July 25: 70 Hester Street
Friday, July 25: 45 7 Broadway
Friday, July 25: Love in the Times of March Madness
Friday, July 25: Jonathan's Chest
Friday, July 25: One Year Lease
Friday, July 25: Street Views
Friday, July 25: Unlocking the Truth
Friday, July 25: Six
Saturday, July 26: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Front/Row Cinema at South Street Seaport Pier
Friday, May 23: Mission: Impossible 
Saturday, May 24: Ratatouille
Sunday, May 25: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Wednesday, May 28: The Princess Bride
Saturday, May 31: Jaws 
Wednesday, June 4: Wall-E
Saturday, June 7: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Wednesday, June 11: The Muppets Take Manhattan
Saturday, June 14: The Breakfast Club
Wednesday, June 18: Rango
Saturday, June 21: The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
Wednesday, June 25: Brave
Wednesday, July 2: The Karate Kid
Saturday, July 5: The Avengers
Wednesday, July 9: Wreck-it Ralph
Saturday, July 12: I Am Legend
Wednesday, July 16: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Saturday, July 19: True Grit
Wednesday, July 23: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 
Saturday, July 26: Men in Black 3
Wednesday, July 30: The Goonies
Saturday, August 2: When Harry Met Sally
Wednesday, August 6: The Croods
Saturday, August 9: Four Weddings and a Funeral
Wednesday, August 13: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Saturday, August 16: Pitch Perfect
Wednesday, August 20: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Saturday, August 23: The Aviator
Wednesday, August 27: Frozen
Saturday, August 30: Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Sunday, August 31: Skyfall

NYC Parks Summer Movie Series
Tuesday, July 8: Ender’s Game
Wednesday, July 9: The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, July 10:  Frozen
Friday, July 11: Coraline 3D
Saturday, July 12: Frozen
Tuesday, July 15: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Wednesday, July 16: The LEGO Movie
Thursday, July 17: Heavyweights
Friday, July 18: Frozen
Saturday, July 19: The Nut Job
Tuesday, July 22: Despicable Me 2
Wednesday, July 23: Despicable Me 2
Thursday, July 24: The LEGO Movie
Friday, July 25: Annie
Saturday, July 26: Despicable Me 2
Tuesday, July 29: Despicable Me 2
Wednesday, July 30: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Thursday, July 31: Man of Steel
Friday, August 1: Spy Kids 3D Game Over
Saturday, August 2: Man of Steel
Tuesday, August 5: The LEGO Movie
Wednesday, August 6: Despicable Me 2
Thursday, August 7: The LEGO Movie
Friday, August 8: Despicable Me 2
Saturday, August 9: Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”
Tuesday, August 12: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Wednesday, August 13: The Nut Job
Thursday, August 14: Coraline 3D
Friday, August 15: Annie
Saturday, August 16: The LEGO Movie
Tuesday, August 19: Frozen
Wednesday, August 20: Mary Poppins
Thursday, August 21: Annie
Friday, August 22: Coraline 3D
Saturday, August 23: Frozen
Tuesday, August 26: Frozen
Wednesday, August 27: Frozen
Thursday, August 28: Frozen
Friday, August 29: The LEGO Movie
Saturday, August 30: Despicable Me 2

2014 Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
Monday, August 18: Big
Tuesday, August 19: The Royal Tenenbaums
Wednesday, August 20: The Way We Were
Thursday, August 21: Coming to America
Friday, August 22: Rear Window

Sound + Vision
, Film Society at Lincoln Center
Monday, August 4: The Winding Stream
Tuesday, August 5: The 78 Project Movie
Saturday, August 9: Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archive

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY
  2. 2
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY
  3. 3
    Hudson River Park
    West Side Highway, bet. Battery Place and W. 59th St.
    Manhattan – multiple locations
    NY 10014
  1. 4
    Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
    36 Battery Pl.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10280
  2. 5
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    Riverside Park
    Riverside Drive to Hudson River
    72nd St. to St Clair Pl.
    New York – Upper West Side
    NY 10115
  1. 7
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  2. 8
    Prospect Park Bandshell
    Prospect Park West
    Brooklyn
    NY 11217
  3. 9
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 4th fl.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023

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