Things to Do Outdoor movies in NYC: Where and when they're happening By amNY.com staff Updated July 8, 2018 3:19 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Take movie night outside. Public parks, rooftops and Coney Island will be making the most of the warmer temperatures, offering free and ticketed outdoor screenings across the city. Some are beginning to release their schedules, so prepare your picnic blanket to watch your favorite films under the stars. Hudson RiverFlicks at Hudson River Park Photo Credit: A24 / Merie Wallace Grab some free popcorn and relax as Hudson River Park screens popular movies from the last year. Screenings begin around 8:30 p.m. July 18: "The Big Sick" July 20: "Wonder" July 25: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" July 26: "Chicago" at Clinton Cove (W. 55th St. in Clinton) July 27: "Jumanji" (1995) Aug. 1: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Aug. 3: "Paddington 2" Aug. 8: "Wonder Woman" Aug. 10: "Spice World" Aug. 15: "Lady Bird" Aug. 17: "The Karate Kid" (1984) Aug. 22: "Blade Runner 2049" Aug. 23: "Frozen" Aug. 24: "Coco" Nowadays Photo Credit: Getty Images Nowadays, the indoor/outdoor bar/restaurant/party space on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood, is kicking off the summer with its own outdoor movie series, which will start at 4 p.m. and run through midnight or 2 a.m. with games, music, food and drinks ... for free. July 18: "Car Wash" July 25: "Wag the Dog" Aug. 1: "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" Aug. 8: "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" Parklife's Movie Mondays Photo Credit: UNIVERSAL PICTURES Grab some tacos and cocktails while you catch this free movie series that begins at sunset (around 8:30 p.m.) in Parklife's outdoor space, 636 Degraw St., Brooklyn. July 9: "Inception" July 16: "Bridesmaids" July 23: "North By Northwest" July 30: "Labyrinth" Aug. 6: "Anchorman" Aug. 13: "The Fifth Element" Aug. 20: "Rebel Without a Cause" Aug. 27: "Best in Show" Sept. 3: Viewers' choice Summer on the Hudson: Pier 1 Picture Show Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar Head to the pier for a picnic and movie screening at Riverside Park South's Pier 1. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins after sunset around 8:30 p.m. July 18: "Sita Sings the Blues" July 25: "Toy Story 3" Aug. 1: "Coco" Aug. 8: "Summer Wars" Aug. 15: "WALL-E" Aug. 22: "Up" Artist's Choice Summer Film Series Photo Credit: AP Gallery Hauser & Wirth's rooftop movie series on West 22nd Street features films selected by gallery artists Rita Ackermann, Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Amy Sherald, and Anj Smith. Not only will you have views of Chelsea but you'll also be privy to Martin Creed's "Work No. 2198" selected by the artist for the space. Drink and light snacks from the Roth Bar will be available. RSVP because space is limited. Each event begins at 6 p.m. July 18: "Moonrise Kingdom," selected by Amy Sherald McCarren Park SummerScreen Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox This season's SummerScreen lineup at McCarren Park has a range of old favorites. The Wednesday night series includes live music before and local vendors doling out food and drinks throughout. Head to the park starting at 6 p.m. to claim your spot. Films start at sundown. July 18: "When Harry Met Sally" July 25: "Love & Basketball" Aug. 1: "Hackers" Aug. 8: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" Aug. 15: "Die Hard" Aug. 22: A surprise musical movie TBD Aug. 29: Audience choice Randall's Island Park Photo Credit: Giles Keyte The city's parks department has a slew of free outdoor movies, both new and classic, you can hit up at Randall's Island Park. Each film begins at 8:30 p.m. July 22: "The LEGO Batman Movie" Aug. 5: "Coco" Aug. 19: "Guardians of the Galaxy" Sept. 9 "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Prospect Park Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Nitehawk Cinema and Prospect Park are returning in July for its "A Summer Movie Series Under the Stars" that will feature films that were shown at the Sanders Theater/PavilionTheater (now Nitehawk) between the 1930s and 1990s. Each showing will start with live music at 7 p.m. July 25: "Alice in Wonderland" with Morricone Youth playing psychedelic tunes. Aug. 1: "West Side Story" with Skyline Salsa Band. Aug. 8: "Space Jam" with DJ Dr. Israel spinning '80s and '90s hip-hop and dance hits. Coney Island Flicks on the Beach Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Niko Tavernise Spend your Monday night on the beach with free summer screenings from the Coney Island Alliance. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and the film at 8:30 p.m. July 23: "Back to the Future" Aug. 6 "Coco" Aug. 20: "Black Panther" Bryant Park Movie Nights Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Andy Schwartz Bryant Park Movie Nights are back, so grab your blanket and pick a spot on the expansive lawn (open at 5 p.m.) to enjoy these 10 films, which will begin at sunset. July 16: "Fried Green Tomatoes" July 23: "The Princess Bride" July 30: "When Harry Met Sally" Aug. 6:"The Wiz" Aug. 13: "Thelma and Louise" Aug. 20: "The Terminator" Azul on the Rooftop Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Located on top of SoHo's Hotel Hugo, Azul on the Rooftop features a Cuba-inspired environment with street art, bright décor, Cuban cuisine and panoramic views of One World Trade, the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. Each Monday at sunset, the cantina will screen these favorite films: July 16: "The Warriors" July 23: "Grease" for its 40th anniversary July 30: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Aug. 6: "Black Panther" Aug. 13: "Pulp Fiction" Aug. 20: "Mean Girls" Aug. 27: "Superbad" Sept. 3: "Scarface" for its 35th anniversary Sept. 10: "Funny Face" for Fashion Week Sept. 17: "Big Night" Sept. 24: "Coco" Oct. 1: "The Shining" Oct. 8: "Halloween" Moonlight & Movies Photo Credit: Bruce Davidson / Magnum The Museum of the City of New York is screening New York-centric films on its terrace with special guests and snacks from Amy's Bread (for purchase) this summer at 8 p.m. on these dates: Aug. 2: "The Naked City" Movies With A View Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for this eight-week-long series that celebrates the work of women, transwomen and genderqueer directors. Each show kicks off at 6 p.m. with music and dining opportunities (sweet treats, snacks, drinks, beer and wine from Smorgasburg). You can vote on the last screening starting May 25. July 19: "Kung Fu Panda 2" with The Avenue DJs July 26: "Paris is Burning" with DJ Delish Aug. 2: "Bend It Like Beckham" with DJ Niara Sterling Aug. 9: "Wayne's World" with DJ Baby K Aug. 16: "Love & Basketball" with DJ Reborn Aug. 23: "Wonder Woman" with DJ Miss Hap Aug. 30: Public vote: "Big" -- with DJ Grace of Spades Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie Photo Credit: Tribeca Tribeca and Westfield World Trade Center are back again with its free outdoor film series at the Oculus Plaza. Nine films, curated with a common connection (a plot or key scene focused on food), will be paired up with live music, prizes and food by the World Trade Center's restaurants. Doors open at 5 and the films begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9: "Mean Girls" Aug. 10" "Coming to America" Aug. 11: "Elf" Roosevelt Island Photo Credit: Marvel Studios This free movie series on Roosevelt Island, which begins in June, features contests, prizes, food vendors and more at the island's Southpoint Park. Each screening starts at 7 p.m., giving people enough time to get there via tram, train, bus or car. July 20: "Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" (rain date: July 27) July 21: "The Fifth Element" (rain date: July 28) Aug. 3: "Black Panther" (rain date Aug. 10) Aug. 17: "A Wrinkle in Time" (rain date Aug. 24) Films on the Green: French Film Festival Photo Credit: Janus Films A dozen classic and contemporary French films are on the lineup for this year's free, outdoor French film festival put on by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. Starting at sunset, DJs from WNYU will provide French music before the films begin. July 20: "You Will Be My Son" by Gilles Legrand at Riverside Park, Pier 1 July 27: "Haute Cuisine" by Christian Vincent at Riverside Park, Pier 1 Sept. 3: "The Grocer's Son" by Eric Guirado, presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Français, at Columbia University (116th Street) Rooftop Films Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Rooftop Films is taking many of its screenings to Green-wood Cemetery this summer for a slew of themed movie nights that usually begin around 8 p.m. Movies are free unless otherwise noted. July 18: "Black Mother" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City July 19: Sundance short films at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn July 21: "Terms of Service" at the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus, $16 July 23: "A Prayer Before Dawn" at the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus, $16 July 24: "Never Goin' Back" at the William Vale, Williamsburg, July 27: "We the Animals" at the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus, $16 July 28: "Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records" at the House of Vans, Greenpoint July 30: "Skate Kitchen" at House of Vans, Greenpoint July 31: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" at the William Vale, Williamsburg, $16 Aug. 1: "Loveling" at Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria Aug. 4: "Prospect" at Green-Wood Cemetery, Greenwood, Brooklyn, $16 Aug. 9: "Our New President" at the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus, $16 Aug. 11: "Thunder Road" at the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus, $16 Aug. 17: "This One's For The Ladies" at Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, $16 Aug. 18: "The Breaker Upperers" at New Design High School, Lower East Side, $16 Aug. 23: "Pick of the Litter" at Fort Green Park, Brooklyn Aug. 25: "Rooftop Shots:" closing night at Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, $16 Check here for later dates. Governors Island Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Starting June 8, Governors Island's historic parade ground will become an outdoor cinema on the second Friday of every month through September. The free screenings, which will be paired with independent film shorts by local New Yorkers, will begin with preshow entertainment at 7 p.m. Aug. 10: "Ghostbusters" (1984) with "Review" Sept. 14 "The Last Dragon" with "Hernia" The last ferry back to Manhattan runs at 10 p.m. Carl Schurz Park Sunset Film Festival Photo Credit: Studiocanal Enjoy free Insomnia Cookies as you sit out at the scenic Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side. The screenings will take place during the week, starting at 8:30 p.m. July 31: "Paddington 2" Aug. 8 "Night at the Museum" Pizza, Movie, Wine at Rooftop Reds Photo Credit: Dreamworks / Suzanne Hanover This commercial rooftop vineyard (at 299 Sands St. in Brooklyn) holds film screenings regularly when weather cooperates. Movies start at 7 p.m., but there's a $30 admission fee. This year's lineup includes quite a few Will Ferrell Movies. July 12: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" July 19: "Silver Linings Playbook" July 26: "American Hustle" Aug. 2: "Jumanji" Aug. 9 "Dead Poets Society" Aug. 16: "Hook" Aug. 23 "Birdcage" Aug. 30: "Good Will Hunting" Sept. 6 "Inglorious Basterds" Sept. 13 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" Sept. 20 "So I Married an Axe Murderer" Sept. 27 "Wayne's World" Oct. 1 "Hocus Pocus" Oct. 11 "Scream" Oct. 18 "Psycho" Oct. 25 "A Nightmare on Elm Street" Oct. 31 "The Amityville Horror" Intrepid Museum's Summer Movie Series Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures There's nothing quite as cool as watching a movie on a flight deck with a view of the Hudson. It's not grass, but you can still bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, blankets and snacks. July 27: "Dunkirk" Aug. 10: "Ghostbusters" Aug. 24: Community Choice Pick: Vote on which film you'd like to see out of "Blade Runner," "Planes" by Disney/Pixar, "The Hunt for Red October," "The Breakfast Club" and "Airplane." Socrates Sculpture Park Photo Credit: Socrates Sculpture Park The Long Island City park has once again teamed up with Film Forum to host a series of films as part of its Outdoor Cinema program, featuring eight international flicks. Films begin at sunset, with pre-screening performances starting at 7 p.m. July 18: "Black Mother" July 25: "The Young Girls of Rochefort" Aug 1: TBA Aug. 8: "Spirit of the Beehive" Aug. 15: "Tampopo" Aug. 22: "Kedi" Aug. 29 "The Passionate Thief" NYC Parks: Movies Under the Stars Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar More than 150 free film screenings are planned for city parks this summer. Grab a chair and head to the nearest park to take in a movie on your picnic blanket around 8 p.m. July 16: "Despicable Me 3" at Thomas Green Playground in Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m. July 17: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at Blake Hobbs Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Coco" at Grover Cleveland Park in Queens, 8 p.m.; "The Sandlot" at Neal Dow St. at North Avenue on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m. July 18: "Moana" at Hamilton Fish Park in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Wonder Woman" at the Unisphere in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Viva Las Vegas" at the Greenbelt Rec Center on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "E.T." at Seton Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Wonder Woman" at Poe Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Mary Poppins" at Carroll Park in Brooklyn, 8:45 p.m. July 19: "Little Shop of Horrors" at Tony Dapolito Rec Center in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Lion" at Playground 103 in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; Despicable Me 3" at Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" at Neal Dow and Maine avenues, 8:30 p.m.; "Peter Rabbit" at Frank Frisch Field in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Justice League" at Cooper Park in Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m. July 20: "Fences" at West 135th Street Plaza in Manhattan, 6 p.m.; "The Jungle Book" at Dry Dock Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Southside with You" at Beach 59th Street and Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, 8 p.m.; "Wonder Woman" at WIllbowbrook Park Archery Range on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" at Ocean Breeze complext on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Flubber" at De Matti Playground on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Lullaby of Broadway" at Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan, 8:30 p.m.; "Coco" at Basil Behagen Playground and at Ferry Point in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "The Fate of the Furious" at Maria Hernandez Park in the Bronx, 8:45 p.m. July 21: "Brave" at Paul Raimonda Playground in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" at the Meadow at Cedar Grove Park on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Mrs. Doubtfire" at School Road and Bay Street on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Clinton Playground in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Despicable Me 3" at Owl's Head Bar in Brooklyn, 8:45 p.m. July 22: "Edward Scissorhands" at Athens Square in Queens, 8 p.m. Here's a full lineup of movies this summer. 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