Free Summer Movies 2015

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by Christina Parrella , 04/06/2015

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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 (1975)
July 13: Back to the Future Part II (1989)
August 17: Frozen (2013)

HBO's Bryant Park Film Festival, Bryant Park
June 22: Ghostbusters (1984)
June 29: The Killers (1946)
July 6: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
July 13: I'm No Angel (1993)
July 20: Badlands (1973)
July 27: Footloose (1984)
August 3: Marathon Man (1976)
August 10: Desk Set (1957)
August 17: Chinatown (1974)
August 24: Back to the Future (1985)

Movies on the Waterfront, Astoria Park Great Lawn 
July 27: The Princess Pride (1987)
August 3: Frozen (2013)
August 10: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
August 17: Ghostbusters (1984)
August 24: The Incredibles (2004)

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, Coney Island (West 10th St.)
July 6: The Terminator (1984)
July 13: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
July 20: The Goonies (1985)
July 27: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
August 3: Big Hero 6 (2014)
August 10: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
August 17: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
August 24: TBD

Tuesday 
Movie Nights in the Rockaways, Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway
July 7: The Iron Giant (1999)
August 4: Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Wednesday 
SummerScreen, McCarren Park
July 8: Clueless (1995)
July 15: Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
July 22: Dirty Dancing (1987)
July 29: Dazed and Confused (1993)
August 5: Jurassic Park (1993)
August 12: Audience Pick

Film Forum, Socrates Sculpture Park
July 1: Don’t Look Back (1967)
July 8: Live-In Maid (2005)
July 15: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
July 22: Iron Crows (2009)
July 29: Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens (2015)
August 5: I Turn to You (2015), Bath House (2014), Pussy Have the Power (2014)
August 12: Wadjda (2012)
August 19: Alice (1988)

Hudson Riverflicks, Big Hit Wednesdays, Pier 63
July 8: The Imitation Game (2014)
July 15: Neighbors (2014)
July 22: Selma (2014)
July 29: St. Vincent (2014)
August 5: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
August 12: Boyhood (2014)
August 19: Interstellar (2014)

Thursday
Summer on the Hudson: The Picture Show, Riverside Park
June 11: Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
July 9: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
August 13: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Syfy Movies with a View, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
July 9: High Noon (1952)
Short: Every Day directed by Gabe Spitzer (2014)
July 16: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Short: A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry, directed by Jake Mahaffy (2015)
July 23: Attack the Block (2011)
Double-feature short: The Commute, directed by Jake Alexander-McAfee (2014)
Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn, directed by Ram Devineni, Ashok Sinha and Martina Sönksen (2015)
July 30: Clue (1985)
Short: Wackatdoo, directed by Benj Arcand (2015)
August 6: Friday (1995)
Short: Tiger Hood, directed by Christopher André Marks (2015)
August 13: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Short: Yearbook, directed by Bernardo Britto (2014)
August 20: Dazed and Confused (1993)
Short: Chronemics, directed by Animade (2014)
August 27: Die Hard (1988)
Short: Leonard in Slow Motion, directed by Peter Livolsi (2014)

Intrepid Summer Movie Series, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Complex
May 22: Top Gun (Friday showing) (1986)
July 9: October Sky (1999)
July 16: Moon (2009)
July 23: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
July 30: Apollo 13 (1995)
August 6: Wall-E (2008)

Friday
Movies at Crocheron Park, Bayside
June 5: The Lego Movie (2014)

Films on the Green, various locations
May 29: …And God Created Woman (1956)
June 5: Caramel (2007)
June 12: Pépé le Moko (1937)
June 19: Priceless (2006)
June 26: Zarafa (2012)
July 10: Goha (1958)
July 17: Queen to Play (2009)
July 24: La Dérive (1963)
July 31: La Collectionneuse (1967)
Sepember 10: The Rabbi’s Cat (2011)

Movies @ the Library, at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Youth Wing
May 8: Paddington (2014)
May 29: Up (2009)
June 5: The Lego Movie (2014)
June 19: The Incredibles (2004)

Hudson Riverflicks, Family Fridays, Pier 46
July 10: Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
July 17: The BoxTrolls (2014)
July 24: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
July 31: Annie (2014)
August 7: Jumanji (1995)
August 14: Paddington (2015)
August 21: Hook (1991)

Saturday
Sony Wonder Technology Lab Feature Screenings (indoors; reserve your spot two weeks prior to each show)
May 2: Dora the Explorer: Map Adventures (2003), 11am
May 2: The Social Network (2010), 12:15pm
May 9: Think Like a Man (2012), 12:15pm
May 9: Think Like a Man Too (2014), 3pm
May 16: The Wound and the Gift (2014), 12:15pm and 3pm
May 30: Insidious (2010), 12:15pm
May 30: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), 3pm
June 6: Austenland (2013), 12:15pm
June 6: Blue Jasmine (2013), 3pm
June 13: Searching for Sugar Man (2012), 12:15pm
June 13: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), 3pm
June 20: The Monuments Men (2014), 12:15pm
June 20: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), 3pm
June 27: Annie (1981), 12:15pm
June 27: Annie (2014), 3pm

Sunday
SummerStage Series, various locations
June 14: Annie (2014); music by DJ Fulano
June 21: They Die by Dawn (2013); music by The Bullitts, DJ Spinna
July 12: Celia: The Queen (2008); music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
July 19: Time Is Illmatic (2014); music by Pete Rock
August 16: Stretch and Bobbito (2015); 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 (1986)
June 7: Ghostbusters (1984)
June 8: Manhattan (1979)
June 9: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
June 10: Birdman (2014)
June 14: The Goonies (1984)
June 15: The Usual Suspects (1995)
June 16: Dirty Dancing (1987)
June 17: Labyrinth (1986)
June 21: Back to the Future (1985)
June 22: The Breakfast Club (1985)
June 23: Casablanca (1943)
June 24: Amelie (2001)
June 28: The Big Lebowski (1998)
June 30: Pretty Woman (1990)

The LOL Movie Series, Solar One Pier
June 25: Frances Ha (2012)
June 30: Bridesmaids (2011)

Rooftop Films, various locations
June 4: Sundance Film Festival Shorts (2015)
June 17: High Jinks: Short Pranks on the Elevated Acre
July 17: Field N*ggas (2014)
July 29: Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens (2014)

Fordham Road Film Festival, Bryan Park
June 26: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)
July 24: Annie (2014)
August 21: Ghostbusters II (1989)
August 22: Ghostbusters (1984)

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
August 25: Fame (1980)
August 26: The Blues Brothers (1980)
August 27: Airplane! (1980)
August 28: Raging Bull (1980)
August 29: Superman II (1980)

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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