Free Summer Movies in NYC

Brian Sloan and Gillian Osswald

(Updated 05/14/2019)

Since HBO first started showing films in Bryant Park in 1992, free movie screenings have become a summertime tradition in the City. All kinds of films—Hollywood classics, current blockbusters and indie gems—are screened at outdoor venues throughout the five boroughs, with stunning backdrops like the Manhattan skyline (Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies with a View) and the Coney Island Cyclone (Coney Island Flicks on the Beach).

This season’s offerings include recent hits like Green Book and Crazy Rich Asians, ’80s classics When Harry Met Sally and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and family-friendly flicks such as Mary Poppins Returns and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Below is a schedule of free film screenings throughout New York City, organized by day of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings start at dusk, typically around 8:30pm. Check the listings for details and then grab a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy cinema alfresco, NYC style.

Check back frequently for updates.

Monday

Bryant Park Movie Nights, Manhattan
June 10: Big (1988)
June 17: Big Daddy (1999)
June 24: Audience Choice
July 1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
July 8: Carrie (1976)
July 15: Bad Boys (1995)
July 22: Coming to America (1988)
July 29: Goodfellas (1990)
August 5: Anchorman (2004)
August 12: Audience Choice

Courtesy, Socrates Sculpture Park

Wednesday

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
July 3: Cielo (2017)
July 10: Purple Noon (1960)
July 17: TBA
July 24: The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
July 31: En El Séptimo Día (2017)
August 7: TBA
August 14: La Ciénaga (2001)
August 21: March of the Penguins (2005)

Hudson Riverflicks NYC Films, Hudson River Park, Pier 63, Chelsea
July 10: The Warriors (1979)
July 17: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
July 24: Moonstruck (1987)
July 31: Do the Right Thing (1989)
August 7: Tootsie (1982)
August 14: The Last Dragon (1985)
August 21: Big (1988)

Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park (at West 70th Street), Manhattan
July 10: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
July 17: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
July 24: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
July 31: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
August 7: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
August 14: Life of Pi (2012)
August 21: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Summer Movies Under the Stars, Prospect Park Long Meadow, Brooklyn
July 17: Brave (2012)
July 24: Love and Basketball (2000)
July 31: Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

The Leopard (1963.) Courtesy, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Thursday

The 50th Mixtape, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
June 27: Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), 6pm; and The Portrait of a Lady (1996), 9pm
July 11: Two English Girls (1971), 6pm; and Mulholland Dr. (2001) 8:45pm
July 18: Come Drink with Me (1966), 6pm; and The Assassin (2015) 8pm
July 25: The Leopard (1963), 6pm; and Happy as Lazzaro (2018), 9:30pm
August 1: Stalker (1979), 6pm; and High Life (2018), 9:15pm
August 8: School Daze (1988), 6pm; and Sorry to Bother You (2018), 8:30pm
August 15: Nocturama (2016), 6pm; and Burning (2018), 8:45pm
August 22: Demonlover (2002), 6pm; and Elle (2016), 8:45pm
August 29: Velvet Goldmine (1998), 6pm; and Her Smell (2018), 8:30pm
September 5: Three Times (2005), 6pm; and Moonlight (2016), 8:30pm

Movies with a View, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
July 11: Pariah (2011)
July 18: Girlfight (2000)
July 25: It Happened One Night (1934)
August 1: Crooklyn (1994)
August 8: The Big Lebowski (1998)
August 15: An American Tail (1986)
August 22: Selma (2014)
August 29: Audience Choice

Courtesy, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum

Friday

Intrepid Movie Series, Intrepid Museum, Manhattan
May 24: Top Gun (1986)
May 31: Dunkirk (2017)
June 21: TBA
July 19: First Man (2018)
August 16: Audience Choice

MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) Cinema, Columbus Park, Manhattan
June 7: Kung Fu Panda (2008)
June 14: The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West (2016)
June 21: The Joy Luck Club (1993)
June 28: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island
June 14: Men in Black (1997)
July 12: After Hours (1985)
August 9: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Hudson Riverflicks Family Fridays, Hudson River Park, Pier 46, Greenwich Village
July 12: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
July 19: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
July 26: TheLego Movie 2: The Second Part (2018)
August 2: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
August 9: Incredibles 2 (2018)
August 16: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
August 23: Trolls (2016)

Courtesy, CinemaLIC

Various

NYC Parks Movies Under the Stars, various locations
May 10: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Bennett Park, Manhattan
May 10: Venom (2018), Willowbrook Park, Staten Island
May 11: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Samuel N. Bennerson Playground, Manhattan
May 11: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
May 16: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Booker T. Washington Playground, Manhattan
May 17: Smallfoot (2018), DeWitt Clinton Park, Manhattan
May 17: The Incredibles 2 (2018), Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island
May 17: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), John Golden Park & Frank O’Connor Playground, Queens
May 18: The Incredibles 2 (2018), John Jay Park, Manhattan
May 18: Bumblebee (2018), Father Macris Park, Staten Island
May 22: Aquaman (2018), Happy Warrior Playground, Manhattan
May 23: Green Book (2018), Playground 89 Manhattan
May 23: Coming to America (1988), Cunningham Park, Queens
May 24: The Lego NinjagoMovie (2017), Ocean Breeze Park, Staten Island
May 24: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan
May 24: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Cherry Tree Park, Manhattan
May 25: Christopher Robin (2018), William F. Passannante Ballfield, Manhattan
May 25: Jaws (1975), Franklin F. Roosevelt Boardwalk, Staten Island
May 30: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Seward Park, Manhattan
May 31: Bumblebee (2018), Chelsea Park, Manhattan
May 31: Creed II (2018), Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island
June 1: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan
June 4: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), Samuel N. Bennerson Playground, Manhattan
June 6: Green Book (2018), Carmansville Playground, Manhattan
June 6: A Star Is Born (2018), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan
June 8: Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Wagner Playground, Manhattan
June 11: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Frederick Johnson Playground, Manhattan
June 12: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Poor Richard’s Playground, Manhattan
June 13: Drumline (2002), Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
June 13: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! (1995), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan
June 15: A Dog’s Way Home (2019), Playground 89, Manhattan
June 15: The Little Mermaid (2018), White Playground, Manhattan
June 19: Aquaman (2018), Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan
June 20: BlacKkKlansman (2018), Wright Brothers Playground, Manhattan
June 20: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan
June 22: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground, Manhattan
June 27: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan
June 29: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Martin Luther King Jr. Playground, Manhattan

Rooftop Films, various locations
May 30: Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Redux, Remix & Requiem, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
May 31: Dangerous Documentaries, Metrotech Commons, Brooklyn
June 13: Well Groomed (2019), Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
June 28: The Sound of Silence (2019), New Design High School, Manhattan
July 17: Anbessa (2019), Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Outdoor Movie Nights at Randall’s Island Park, Fields 81 and 42
May 24: The Incredibles 2 (2018), Field 81
June 8: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Field 81
June 15: Black Panther (2018), Field 81
July 14: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Field 42
July 28: Tangled (2010), Field 81
August 11: Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Field 42
August 18: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Field 81
September 8: Creed II (2018), Field 42

Films on the Green, various locations
May 31: Coco Before Chanel (2009), Cedar Hill, Central Park, Manhattan
June 7: Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Washington Square Park, Manhattan
June 10: Miniscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (2013), McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
June 14: In Safe Hands (2018), Washington Square Park, Manhattan
June 21: Peppermint Soda (1977),Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
June 28: Mustang (2015), Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
July 5: Tomboy (2011), Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
July 10: The Amazing Catfish (2013), J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan
July 12: Aya of Yop City (2010), Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
July 19: Sequins (2004), Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan
July 26: Chocolat (1988), Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan
September 3: Olivia (1951), Columbia University, Manhattan

CinemaLIC, Hunters Point Park South, Queens
July 18: Dirty Dancing (1987)
August 15: Jaws (1975)
September 7: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)


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