NYC - The Official Guide

Free Summer Movies in NYC

Brian Sloan and Gillian Osswald
Updated 04/18/2018

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.


Plan Your Trip


Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park (at West 70th Street)
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)


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)


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

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


From Our Partners