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UPDATED 2013: There are many family-friendly outdoor movie screenings this summer throughout the NYC boroughs. Here, you'll find the full August schedule, including outside film series in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

 

outdoor movie nycIt’s summer and you want to be outside. Movies are no exception, and recent years have seen our urban surroundings filled with screenings throughout parks and other outdoor locations. Here's a roundup of outdoor family-friendly film screenings scheduled this August in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens.

 

BRONX

Aug. 10
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
(2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
St. James Park, 192nd Street and Jerome Avenue
8pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

Aug. 13
Hotel Transylvania
(2012; 91 minutes; rated PG)
Williamsburg Oval Recreation Center, 3225 Reservoir Oval East
8pm

At the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

 

Aug. 22
Rise of the Guardians
(2012; 97 minutes; rated PG)
St. Mary’s Park, 145th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue
8pm

Rise of the Guardians is an epic tale of a group of heroes who join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.

 

Aug. 29
Men in Black 3
(2012; 106 minutes; rated PG-13)
Hunt's Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida St.
8pm

M.I.B's Agent J travels back in time to 1969 to try to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K and changing the course of history.

 

Aug. 31
The Lorax (2012; 86 minutes; rated PG)
Metcalf and Seward avenues, in Soundview Park
8pm

This adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale stars a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

 

BROOKLYN

Aug. 2
A Summer's Tale (1996; 113 minutes; rated G)
Transmitter Park
8pm

While Gaspard waits for his girlfriend Léna to join him for the summer holidays in Brittany, he meets Margot, a young waitress. Although he and Margot spend a great deal of time together, Gaspard is introduced to another young woman, the seductive Solène. Gaspard finds himself juggling the two women until Léna suddenly appears.

 

Aug. 5
The Avengers
(2012; 143 minutes; rated PG-13)
West 10th Street and Boardwalk, Coney Island
7:30pm

A team of super heroes, consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, is put together to stop an alien invasion and save Earth.

 

Aug. 8
Oz the Great and Powerful
(2013; 130 minutes; rated PG)
Upper Long Meadow in Prospect Park
8pm

Disney's fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character.

 

Aug. 15
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
(2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
Coffey Park
8pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

Aug. 15
Rocky
(1976; 119 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 1, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park
6pm DJ starts; 8pm movie begins

After the top boxing contender drops out, small time debt collector Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Set on the eve of the Philadelphian Bicentennial, Rocky took Hollywood by surprise, as the rags-to-riches classic creamed box offices and won the Academy Award for best picture, in addition to featuring one of film history’s most iconic training montages.

 

Aug. 20
Oz the Great and Powerful
(2013; 130 minutes; rated PG)
Lincoln Terrace Park
8pm

Disney's fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character.

 

Aug. 21
Hairspray
(2007; 117 minutes; rated PG)
Jackie Robinson Park, 145th Street and Bradhurst Avenue
8pm

Based on the stage musical of the same name, Hairspray features Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program.

 

Aug. 22
Vertigo
(1958; 128 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 1, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park
6pm for DJ; 8:30pm movie starts

James Stewart plays John 'Scottie' Ferguson, a retired detective who battles acrophobia while investigating his friend's wife (Kim Novak). An Alfred Hitchcock film.

 

Aug. 30
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
Kaiser Park
8pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

MANHATTAN

Aug. 2
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
(2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 46, Charles and West streets, Hudson River Park
8:30pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

Aug. 3
The Wiz
(1978; 134 minutes; rated G)
St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street Lawn, West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
8pm

Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young, African-American teacher.

 

Aug. 5
Norma Rae
(1979; 110 minutes; rated PG)
Bryant Park Lawn
Lawn opens at 5pm; film begins at sunset

 

In Norma Rae, the title character works in a factory with deplorable working conditions and takes on the dangerous task of unionizing the factory.

 

Aug. 7
Little Shop of Horrors
(1986; 94 minutes; rated PG-13)
Pier 1, Riverside Park South
8:30pm

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

 

Aug. 9
Jumanji
(1995; 104 minutes; rated PG)
Bellevue South Park
8:30pm

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

 

Aug. 9
Rise of the Guardians
(2012; 97 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 46, Charlest and West streets, Hudson River Park
8:30pm

When evil spirit Pitch tries to take over Earth, the Guardians (Santa Claus, Jack Frost, and the Easter bunny, toothfairy and Sandman) band together to protect the dreams of children all over the world. Free popcorn will be served.

 

Aug. 14
Pitch Perfect
(2012; 112 minutes; rated PG-13)
Pier 1 in Riverside Park South
8:30pm

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

 

Aug. 15
The Karate Kid
(2010; 140 minutes; rated PG)
J. Hood Wright Park, 173rd Street and Fort Washington Avenue
8pm

When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense.

 

Aug. 16
Space Jam
(1996; 88 minutes; rated PG)
J. Hood Wright Recreation Center, 351 Fort Washington Ave.
8pm

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and cartoon favorite Bugs Bunny team up with other basketball greats and Looney Tunes characters in this combination animated/live-action feature.

 

Aug. 16
Beetlejuice
(1988; 92 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 46, Charles and West streets, Hudson River Park
8:30pm

A recently deceased couple return as ghost to live quietly in their home. When a new family moves in they employ Beetlejuice, a bio-exorcist, to get them out. Beetlejuice, however, has his own agenda.

 

Aug. 19
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982; 115 minutes; rated PG)
Bryant Park
Lawn opens at 5pm; film begins at sunset

Young Elliot befriends E.T., a stranded alien desperately seeking a way to get back home, and defies all authority and countless obstacles to help him.

 

Aug. 23
The Adventures of Tintin (2011; 107 minutes; rated PG)
Pier 46, Charles and West streets, Hudson River Park
8:30pm

After purchasing a model ship at a market Tintin and his dog Snowy find themsleves on a treasure hunting adventure.

 

QUEENS

Aug. 1
The Music Man
(1962; 151 minutes; rated G)
Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike
8:30pm

A con man comes to a Midwestern town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.

 

Aug. 2
Hotel Transylvania
(2012; 91 minutes; rated PG)
George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park
, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive
8pm

At the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

 

Aug. 2
Young Frankenstein
(1974; 106 minutes; rated PG)
Beach 118th Street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach
8:30pm

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

 

Aug. 5
Despicable Me
(2010; 95 minutes; rated PG)
Astoria Park Lawn
8:30pm

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

 

Aug. 6
The Lorax
(2012; 86 minutes; rated PG)
Highland Park, Highland Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue
8pm

The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

 

Aug. 8
The Lorax
(2012; 86 minutes; rated PG)
Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike
8pm

The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

 

Aug. 9
Spider-Man
(2002; 121 minutes; rated PG-13)
Rockaway Beach, Beach 73rd Street and Boardwalk
8:30pm

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

 

Aug. 13
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
(2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway
8pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

Aug. 17
Queens World Film Festival

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Beach 86th Street
8pm

Visit queensworldfilmfestival.com for the 2013 film lineup.

 

Aug. 18
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
(2012; 93 minutes; rated PG)
111th Street Parking Lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
8pm

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

 

Aug. 19
Annie
(1982; 127 minutes; rated PG)
Astoria Park Lawn
8:30pm

Based on the Broadway musical and Little Orphan Annie comic strip. A young orphan girl sets out to find her family.

 

Aug. 20
Big Miracle
(2012; 107 minutes; rated PG)
Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway
8pm

In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend -- a Greenpeace volunteer -- on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

 

Aug. 22
Les Miserables
(2012; 158 minutes; rated PG-13)
Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike
8pm

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

 

Aug. 23
Moonrise Kingdom
(2012; 94 minutes; rated PG-13)
Rockaway Beach, Beach 106th Street and Boardwalk
8:30pm

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

 

Aug. 24
Over the Hedge (2006; 83 minutes; rated PG)
Grover Cleveland Playground in Grover Cleveland Park
7:30pm

A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.

 

Aug. 26
Juno (2007; 96 minutes; rated PG-13)
Astoria Park Lawn
8:30pm

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

 

Aug. 27
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012; 94 minutes; rated PG)
Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway
8pm

Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

 

Aug. 28
Hotel Transylvania (2012; 91 minutes; rated PG)
Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park in Tudor Park
8pm

At the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

 

Aug. 30
Despicable Me (2010; 95 minutes; rated PG)
Rockaway Beach, Beach 121st Street and the Boardwalk
8:30pm

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

 

Sept. 6
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971; 100 minutes; rated G)
Rockaway Beach, 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway
8:30pm

A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.

 


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