Free Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

Free Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

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UPDATED June 2017: Find free outdoor movie screenings this summer in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Rockland County, Bergen County, NJ, and Westchester County.

   
Looking for a way to appease your crew of movie buffs and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time? From big-name Disney musicals (Moana) to super-powered smash hits (Ghostbusters), from cult classics (Back to the Future) to animated blockbusters (The Secret Life of Pets), you can catch FREE outdoor screenings of family flicks under the stars all summer long!

NOTE: Some schedules were not available at press time. Check back often or visit websites below for details. All movies listed in this roundup are rated PG-13 or lower; some venues are also showing R-rated movies.

Find outdoor movies in: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the BronxLong Island, Rockland County, Bergen County, NJ, Westchester County

 

Outdoor Movies in New York City

Outdoor Movies in the Bronx

Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal

610 Exterior Street, Level 6, Garage Roof deck

Watch a family-friendly movie on the roof of the mall's parking deck. There are also pre-show activities starting at 7pm.

June 13: The Secret Life of Pets

July 11: Moana

Aug. 15: Zootopia  

     

Outdoor Movies in Brooklyn

SummerScreen

McCarren Park, North 12th Street and Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

SummerScreen is free to the public on Wednesdays in July & August in McCarren Park, in Williamsburg. Enjoy food from vendors and live music when gates open at 6pm; films start at sundown.

July 5: Mean Girls

July 12: Office Space

July 19: Donnie Darko

July 26: Selena

Aug. 2: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Aug. 9: Audience Choice
    

Movies With a View

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Harbor View Lawn, 334 Furman St., Dumbo/Brooklyn Hieghts

Sponsored by NY Culture, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is hosting screenings of outdoor movies. The evening usually begins with music from a DJ and a short film. The Beer Garden opens and music starts at 6pm; the movie begins at sundown.

July 20: Casablanca

July 27: The Lego Movie

Aug. 3: 9 To 5

Aug. 10: 42

Aug. 24: Audience Choice 
   

Movies Under the Stars at Habana Outpost 

757 Fulton St., between Oxford Street and Portland Avenue, Fort Greene

The outdoor eatery hosts this Sunday night movie series; films begin at 8pm.

June 25: Singing in the Rain

July 16:  Jailhouse Rock

Aug. 20: Footloose

Sept. 3: Mary Poppins

Sept. 17: Airplane

Sept. 24: Brewster's Millions

Oct. 22:  Super Man II

Oct. 29: The Addams Family

   
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Outdoor Movies in Manhattan

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Midtown
212-843-9381 

Enjoy free feature films on the flight deck of the Intrepid Museum. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets (with food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages). Flight deck opens at 7pm; films begin at sunset, weather permitting. Space is limited and tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members can reserve tickets in advance.

July 18: Anchorman

Aug. 1: The Martian

Aug. 8: Back to the Future
    

Hudson Riverflicks Family Fridays

Hudson River Park's Pier 46, Charles Street and West Side Highway, Greenwich Village
212-627-2020 

The family-friendly movie and popcorn are free (snacks and beverages are available for sale). Movie begins at dusk.

July 7: The Secret Life of Pets

July 14: Trolls

July 21:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

July 28: Kubo and the Two Strings

Aug. 4: Sing

Aug. 11: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Aug. 18: The Karate Kid

Sunset Film Festival

Basketball/hockey courts in Carl Schurz Park, East 84th Street and East End Avenue, Upper East Side

Bring a chair or blanket and arrive early for free popcorn.

Dates and films to be announced.

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show 

Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street at the Hudson River, Upper West Side

Movies start after sunset, near 8:30pm.

July 12: Dr. Strangelove

July 19: What’s Up Doc

July 26: The Truman Show

Aug. 2: The Muppets Movie

Aug. 16: Beetlejuice
    

Citi Summer in the Square 

Union Square Park, North Plaza at 17th Street and Union Square East, Union Square

Seating begins at 6:30pm; movies start at dusk. Bring your own blankets or chairs.

Aug. 3: The Karate Kid

Aug. 10: Back to the Future
    

Movie Night on Randall's Island 

Check website for exact locations. Films begin at 8:30pm.

June 11: Despicable Me

June 25:  Sing

July 9: Sister Act

July 23: Race

Aug. 6:  A League of Their Own

Sept. 24: Malcolm X
   

Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza

Oculus Plaza, corner of Church and Dey streets, Tribeca

Programmed by the Tribeca Film Festival's curators, this series showcases 10 classic and fan-favorite films, all of which are set in NYC. In a limited-seating, reserved access section, guests can purchase dinner from Eataly, as well as beer and wine from Beer Table and Pure Liquid. Seating opens at 5pm; movies begin at 7:30pm.

June 2: Rent

June 3: Annie (2014)

July 7: Serendipity

July 8: Night at the Museum

Aug. 4: West Side Story

Aug. 5: Ghostbusters (2016)

Sept. 1: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sept. 2: Enchanted

Oct. 6: Annie Hall

Oct. 7: Spider-Man (2002)


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bring blankets and sit on the lawn to enjoy a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before the start of each film. Food available for purchase, curated by Hester Street Fair. Lawn opens at 5pm; movies start at sunset.

June 19: King Kong

June 26: On the Town

July 3: The Muppets Take Manhattan

July 10: Sabrina

July 24: Pillow Talk

July 31: The Hustler

Aug. 14: North by Northwest

Aug. 21: Dirty Dancing

    
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Outdoor Movies in Queens

Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
718-956-1819 

Relax, enjoy a movie, and celebrate the cultural diversity of Queens with international films shown during this summer festival. Films are presented in their original language with English subtitles. Check the website for film information. Pre-screening performances at 7pm, films begins at sundown.

July 5: Timbuktu (Mauritania/France)

July 19: Liberation Day (Slovenia/Norway/Latvia)

July 26: Chevalier (Greece)

Aug. 2: The Challenge (Qatar/France/Italy)

Aug. 9: The Silence Before Bach (Spain)

Aug. 23: Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (Venezuela/Peru)
   

Skyline Cinema

The Oval at Hunters Point South Park, 50th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City

Films begin at 8:30pm.

June 23: Finding Dory

July 13: Close Encounters

Aug. 4: The Graduate

Aug. 18: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Sept. 15: Fan Choice


Outdoor Movies in New York City Parks

City Parks throughout the five boroughs are hosting outdoor screenings all summer long. Pack a picnic, blankets, and some beach chairs and get ready for silver screen fun. Check the website for park movie screenings near you.

   
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Outdoor Movies on Long Island

Outdoor Movies in Nassau County

Cinemas on the Bay

Sunset Park, 347 Main St., Port Washington
516-767-9151

Enjoy clean air, waterside views, and all of Port’s natural beauty during a stroll Main Street, and, of course, a movie under the stars. Movie starts at 8:30pm.

June 17: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 8: Pitch Perfect 2

July 22: Back to the Future

Aug. 5: Finding Dory
    

Nassau County Parks

In conjunction with its annual summer entertainment series Nassau County Parks Department hosts outdoor screenings at the Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park as well as other parks.   
   

Madison Theatre at Molloy College: Movies on the Lawn

1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
516-323-4444

Schedule not yet available. Check website for information.

   
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Outdoor Movies in Suffolk County

Town of Huntington Movies on the Lawn 

Schedule not yet available. Sign up for email updates.
     

Movies on the Harbor

Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
631-473-4724

Each summer the Village of Port Jefferson and the Business Improvement District sponsor this series of summer screenings. A portable, inflatable screen provides easy viewing and the sound system is awesome! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic style dinner for a fun evening of togetherness while watching your favorite family movies. Films start at dusk.

July 11: The Secret Life of Pets

July 18: The Great Gilly Hopkins                  

July 25: Sully                  

Aug. 1: Moana          

Aug. 8: TBD               

Aug. 15: TBD

Aug. 22: TBD 

Aug. 29: TBD

   
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Outdoor Movies in the NY Suburbs

Outdoor Movies in Rockland County

Summer Movie Series in Nyack

This free movie series is held in two locations (noted next to movie name). Movies typically begin at dusk.

July 14: Empire Strikes Back in Memorial Park

Aug. 11: The Wiz in Memorial Park

Sept. 8: Wizard of Oz drive-in movie in Artopee Way 
   

Family Movie Night

Veteran's Memorial Park, Orangetown

The 19th annual Movie Night in the Park on July 28 features a concert by The Bossy Frog Band at 6:30pm, a magic show at 8pm, and a screening of Trolls at 8:45pm.

 

Outdoor Movies in Bergen County, NJ

Movies in the Park

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood

201-493-9911

Bring snacks, a picnic blanket, and get ready for a great evening with your community. Movies begin at sundown.

June 14: A Place in the Sun

June 28: Singin’ in the Rain

July 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

July 26: Bye Bye Birdie (special event before the movie)

Aug. 9: Moonstruck (30th Anniversary)

Aug. 23: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    

Summer Movies in the Park

Veterans Park, Westwood
201-664-7882

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a free screening in the park, plus complimentary popcorn for the whole family! Movies start at 8pm. Rain dates are the Friday following planned screenings.

Aug. 3: Finding Dory

Aug. 10: Sand Lot

Aug. 17: Hairspray

Aug. 24: Pete's Dragon (2016)
   

Movies & Music Under the Stars

Fort Lee Community Center, 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Music starts at 7pm; movies begin at sunset.

July 1: La La Land

July 8: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

July 15: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

July 22: Arrival

July 29: The Lego Batman Movie

Aug. 5: Casablanca

Aug. 12: Angels with Dirty Faces

Aug. 19: It's a Plot

Aug. 26: Sully

Sept. 2: Singin' in the Rain

   
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Outdoor Movies in Westchester County

Movie Mondays at Ridge Hill

1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers
914-207-2900 

Bring your beach chairs or blankets. Film begins at sunset. Plan a family dinner at one of Ridge Hill's many contemporary restaurants, or grab snacks at a variety of places before the movie starts. Pre-screening entertainment will begin at 7pm; movies begin at sunset. 

July 10: Moana

July 24: Toy Story

Aug. 7: Back to the Future
     

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars

Kenisco Dam Plaza, Valhalla
914-231-4033

Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic for an outdoor movie. Entertainment begins at 6pm; screenings begin at dusk.

July 7: The Secret Life of Pets

Aug. 18: Sing!
   

Summer Amphitheater

Hudson River Museum, John F. Kennedy Drive and Revor Park, Yonkers

Doors open at 7:30; movies begin at 8pm.

July 15: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

July 29: Edward Scissorhands

Aug. 12: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    
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