Free Summer Movies 2015

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by Christina Parrella , 04/07/2015

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Free movie screenings are an annual New York City summertime tradition. Films are screened all over the five boroughs, frequently outdoors, with cityscape backdrops like the Coney Island Cyclone and Lower Manhattan skyline adding to the experience. Cinephiles will love this summer's offerings, which include everything from blockbusters like The Lego Movie and cult favorites like Monty Python and the Holy Grail to a whole lot of Back to the Future Part II (you may recall Marty's trip to the year 2015 in that flick).  

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.

Check back frequently for updates.

Monday
Outdoor Movie Night, Randall's Island
June 15: Jaws
July 13: Back to the Future Part II 
August 17: Frozen

HBO's Bryant Park Film Festival, Bryant Park
June 22: Ghostbusters
June 29: The Killers
July 6: The Poseidon Adventure
July 13: I'm No Angel
July 20: Badlands
July 27: Footloose
August 3: Marathon Man
August 10: Desk Set
August 17: Chinatown

Tuesday 
Movie Nights in the Rockaways, Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway
July 7: The Iron Giant
August 4: Back to the Future Part II

Wednesday 
SummerScreen, McCarren Park
July 8: Clueless 
July 15: Wet Hot American Summer 
July 22: Dirty Dancing 
July 29: Dazed and Confused 
August 5: Jurassic Park 
August 12: Audience Pick

Thursday
Summer on the Hudson: The Picture Show, Riverside Park
June 11: Hyde Park on Hudson 
July 9: Pride and Prejudice
August 13: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Syfy Movies with a View, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
July 9: High Noon
Short: Every Day directed by Gabe Spitzer
July 16: Sharknado 2: The Second One
Short: A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry directed by Jake Mahaffy
July 23: Attack the Block
Double-feature hort : The Commute by Jake Alexander-McAfee
Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn, directed by Ram Devineni, Ashok Sinha and Martina Sönksen
July 30: Clue
Short: Wackatdoo directed by Benj Arcand
August 6: Friday
Short: Tiger Hood directed by Christopher André Marks
August 13: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Short: Yearbook directed by Bernardo Britto
August 20: Dazed and Confused
Short: Chronemics directed by Animade
August 27: Die Hard
Short: Leonard in Slow Motion directed Peter Livolsi

Intrepid Summer Movie Series, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Complex
May 22: Top Gun (Friday showing) 
July 9: October Sky 
July 16: Moon
July 23: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 30: Apollo 13
August 6: Wall-E

Friday
Movies at Crocheron Park, Bayside
June 5: The Lego Movie 

Films on the Green, various locations
May 29: …And God Created Women 
June 5: Caramel 
June 12: Pépé le Moko
June 19: Priceless
June 26: Zarafa
July 10: Goha
July 17: Queen to Play
July 24: La Dérive
July 31: La Collectionneuse 
Sepember 10: The Rabbi’s Cat 

Movies @ the Library, at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Youth Wing
May 8: Paddington 
May 29: Up
June 5: The Lego Movie
June 19: The Incredibles 

Saturday
Sony Wonder Technology Lab Feature Screenings (indoors; reserve your spot two weeks prior to each show)
May 2: Dora the Explorer: Map Adventures, 11am
May 2: The Social Network, 12:15pm
May 9: Think Like a Man, 12:15pm
May 9: Think Like a Man Too, 3pm
May 16: The Wound and the Gift, 12:15pm and 3pm
May 30: Insidious, 12:15pm
May 30: Insidious: Chapter 2, 3pm
June 6: Austenland, 12:15pm
June 6: Blue Jasmine, 3pm
June 13: Searching for Sugar Man, 12:15pm
June 13: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 3pm
June 20: The Monuments Men, 12:15pm
June 20: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 3pm
June 27: Annie (1981), 12:15pm
June 27: Annie (2014), 3pm

Sunday
SummerStage Series, various locations
June 14: Annie; music by DJ Fulano
June 21: They Die by Dawn; music by The Bullitts, DJ Spinna
July 12: Celia: The Queen; music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
July 19: Time Is Illmatic; music by Pete Rock
August 16: Stretch and Bobbito; Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary Concert

Various 
Midnight Moment Andy Warhol Screen Tests 1964–66, Times Square
May 1–31: 
Screen Test: Rufus Collins [ST61], 1964
Screen Test: Walter Dainwood [ST66], 1964
Screen Test: Bob Dylan [ST82], 1966
Screen Test: Allen Ginsberg [ST115], 1966
Screen Test: Donyale Luna [ST195], 1965
Screen Test: Nico [ST239], 1966
Screen Test: Lou Reed (Apple) [ST268], 1966
Screen Test: Twist Jim Rosenquist [ST284], 1964
Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick [ST309], 1965
Screen Test: Harry Smith [ST314], 1964

Rooftop Film Club, Yotel, Hell's Kitchen 
June 3: Top Gun
June 7: Ghostbusters
June 8: Manhattan
June 9: Breakfast at Tiffany's
June 10: Birdman
June 14: The Goonies
June 15: The Usual Suspects
June 16: Dirty Dancing
June 17: Labyrinth
June 21: Back to the Future
June 22: The Breakfast Club
June 23: Casablanca
June 24: Amelie
June 28: The Big Lebowski 
June 30: Pretty Woman

Rooftop Films, various locations
June 4: Sundance Film Festival Shorts
June 17: High Jinks: Short Pranks on the Elevated Acre
July 17: Field N*ggas 
July 29: Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
August 25: Fame 
August 26: The Blues Brothers
August 27: Airplane!
August 28: Raging Bull
August 29: Superman II

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Randall's Island Park
    East and Harlem Rivers
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10035
  2. 2
    Riverside Park
    Riverside Drive to Hudson River
    72nd St. to St Clair Pl.
    New York – Upper West Side
    NY 10115
  3. 3
    Sony Wonder Technology Lab
    550 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10022
  1. 4
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY
  2. 5
    Central Park, Sheep Meadow
    Central Park
    NY 10036
  3. 6
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY
  1. 7
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  2. 8
    Rockaway Beach
    Beach 2nd St (to Beach 149th St)
    Queens – The Rockaways
    NY 11693
  3. 9
    Coney Island Boardwalk
    Boardwalk and W 8th St
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11224

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