NYC - The Official Guide

Free Summer Movies in NYC

Brian Sloan and Gillian Osswald
Updated 06/06/2018
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Since 1992, when HBO first started showing films in Bryant Park, free movie screenings have been an annual summertime tradition in the City. All kinds of films—Hollywood classics, current blockbusters, 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 Wonder Woman and Black Panther, ’80s classics Ghostbusters and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and family-friendly flicks including Moana and The Lego Batman Movie. Below is a schedule of free film screenings in 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.

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Plan Your Trip

Monday

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, Bryant Park, Manhattan
June 18: The Breakfast Club (1985)
June 25: The Philadelphia Story (1940)
July 2: A League of Their Own (1992)
July 9: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
July 16: Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
July 23: The Princess Bride (1987)
July 30: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
August 6: The Wiz (1978)
August 13: Thelma and Louise (1991)
August 20: The Terminator (1984)

Wednesday

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park (at West 70th Street), Manhattan
July 11: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
July 18: Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
July 25: Toy Story 3 (2010)
August 1: Coco (2017)
August 8: Summer Wars (2009)
August 15: WALL-E (2008)
August 22: Up (2009)

Hudson RiverFlicks Big Hit Wednesdays, Pier 63, Manhattan
July 11: Get Out (2017)
July 18: The Big Sick (2017)
July 25: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
August 1: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
August 8: Wonder Woman (2017)
August 15: Lady Bird (2017)
August 22: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
July 11: Monsoon Wedding (2001)
July 18: TBA
July 25: The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
August 1: TBA
August 8: Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
August 15: Tampopo (1985)
August 22: Kedi (2016)
August 29: The Passionate Thief (1960)

SummerScreen, McCarren Park, Brooklyn
July 11: Jawbreaker (1999)
July 18: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
July 25: Love & Basketball (2000)
August 1: Hackers (1995)
August 8: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
August 15: Die Hard (1988)
August 22: Musical Movie Night
August 29: Audience Choice

A Summer Movie Under the Stars, Prospect Park Long Meadow, Brooklyn
July 18: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
July 25: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
August 1: West Side Story (1961)
August 8: Space Jam (1996)

Thursday

Movies With A View, Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 12: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
July 19: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
July 26: Paris Is Burning (1990)
August 2: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
August 9: Wayne’s World (1992)
August 16: Love & Basketball (2000)
August 23: Wonder Woman (2017)
August 30: Public's Choice (BigPoint Break, The Matrix or Dance, Girl, Dance)

Friday

Intrepid Movie Series, Intrepid Museum, Manhattan
May 25: Top Gun (1986)
June 29: Wonder Woman (2017)
July 13: Friday the 13th (1980)
July 27: Dunkirk (2017)
August 10: Ghostbusters (1984)
August 24: Community Choice Pick

Museum of Chinese in America MOCACINEMA, Columbus Park, Manhattan
June 8: Mulan (1998)
June 15: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
June 22: Pushing Hands (1991)
June 29: The Last Dragon (1985)

Hudson River Flicks Family Fridays, Pier 46, Manhattan
July 13: Moana (2016)
July 20: Wonder (2017)
July 27: Jumanji (1995)
August 3: Paddington 2 (2017)
August 10: Spice World (1997)
August 17: Karate Kid (1984)
August 24: Coco (2017)

Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island
June 8: Escape from New York (1981)
July 13: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
August 10: Ghostbusters (1984)
September 14: The Last Dragon (1985)

Various

NYC Parks Movies Under the Stars, various locations
May 4: Chavela (2017), Sunset Park, Brooklyn
May 10: Selena (1997), Highbridge Park, Manhattan

LIC Landing Summer Movies, Hunters Point Park South, Queens
May 18: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
June 15: Moonstruck (1987)
July 19: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
August 16: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
September 15: Ratatouille (2007)

Outdoor Movie Nights at Randall’s Island Park, Fields 42 and 81
May 25: Moana (2016), Field 81
June 9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Field 81
June 22: Wonder Woman (2017), Field 42
July 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Field 81
July 22: The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Field 42
August 5: Coco (2017), Field 81
August 19: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Field 81
September 9: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Field 42

Rooftop Films, various locations
May 31: Nancy  (2018), MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
June 8: Wrestle (2018), MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
June 23: En El Séptimo Día (2017), Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park
June 27: Short Film Program, Dangerous Documentaries, MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn

Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza, Westfield World Trade Center, Manhattan
June 14: La La Land (2016)
June 15: Chef (2014)
June 16: The Princess and the Frog (2009)
July 12: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
July 13: Moonstruck (1987)
July 14: Lady and the Tramp (1955)
August 8: Mean Girls (2004)
August 10: Coming to America (1988)
August 11: Elf ​(2003)

Movie Nights in Rockaway
June 28: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Beach at 17th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens
July 14: Big Fish (2003), Beach at 94th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens
August 10: Black Panther (2018), Beach at 59th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ingmar Bergman Screenings, various locations
June 29: Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), McCarren Park, Brooklyn
August 11: Autumn Sonata (1978), Washington Square Park, Manhattan


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