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Outdoor movies in NYC: Where and when they're happening

As the weather gets nicer, 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.

Roosevelt Island

This free movie series on Roosevelt Island, which
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.

June 22: "Wonder Woman" (rain date: June 29)

July 6: "A League of Their Own" (rain date: July 13)

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)

Prospect Park

Nitehawk Cinema and Prospect Park are returning in
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 18: "The Wizard of Oz" with Highline Chamber Ensemble's jazz trio playing standards and songs from the film's soundtrack.

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.

Films on the Green: French Film Festival

A dozen classic and contemporary French films are
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.

June 1: "Le Grand Restaurant" by Jacques Besnard at Central Park

June 8: "The Scent of Green Papaya" by Trần Anh Hùng, presented in partnership with the Vietnam Heritage Center (in Vietnamese with English subtitles) at Washington Square Park

June 15: "The Rules of the Game" by Jean Renoir at Washington Square Park

June 22: "La Bûche" by Danièle Thompson at Transmitter Park (Brooklyn)

June 29: "Garçon!" by Claude Sautet at Transmitter Park (Brooklyn)

July 6: "Le Boucher" by Claude Chabrol at Tompkins Square Park

July 11: "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" by Luis Buñuel, presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Instituto Cervantes (in French with Spanish subtitles), at J. Hood Wright Park (West 173rd Street)

July 13: "Romantics Anonymous" by Jean-Pierre Améris at Tompkins Square Park

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

Rooftop Films is taking many of its screenings
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Rooftop Films is taking many of its screenings to Green-wood Cemetery this summer for a slew of themed movie nights that begin around 8 p.m., while not all the dates have been announced, the season is starting up and there are quite a few ticketed and free events to look forward to.

May 19: Short film program at Green-Wood with a set by DJ Tara and a performance by L'Rain.

May 25: "No Escape: Uncanny Mindbenders" short films with a performance by Noia.

May 26: "Dark Toons: Twisted animated shorts" that will "walk you to the brink of the abyss...then push you over the edge."

May 31: "Nancy" at MetroTech Commons with a performance by Katie Von Schleicher (free)

June 2: "Damsel" at Green-Wood Cemetery

June 6: "Hearts Beat Loud" at Pioneer Works in Red Hook

June 8: "Wrestle" at MetroTech Commons (free)

June 9: "Love is Weird: Romantic short films" at New Design High School on the Lower East Side

June 15: "Love is Short" films at New Design High School on the Lower East Side

June 16: "Exit Music" at Green-Wood Cemetery

June 19: "Unlovable" at The William Vale in Williamsburg

June 22: "The Gospel of Eureka" at New Design High School on the Lower East Side

June 23: "En El Séptimo Día" at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park (free)

June 27: "Dangerous Documentaries" short films at MetroTech Commons (free)

June 29: "Family" at Industry City in Sunset Park

June 30: New York Non-fiction short films at Green-Wood Cemetery

July 7: "Wild Nights with Emily" at Green-Wood Cemetery

July 14: "Come and Take It" short films at New Design High School on the Lower East Side

July 18: "Black Mother" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City (free) Check here for later dates.

Governors Island

Starting June 8, Governors Island's historic parade ground
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.

June 8: "Escape from New York" with "The Road to Magnasanti"

July 13: "Desperately Seeking Susan" with "My Last Film"

Aug. 10: "Ghostbusters" (1984) with "Review"

Sept. 14 "The Last Dragon" with "Hernia"

The last ferry back to Manhattan runs at 10 p.m.

Randall's Island Park

The city's parks department has a slew of
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Archive Photos

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.

May 25: "Moana"

June 9: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

June 22: "Wonder Woman"

July 8: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

July 22: "The LEGO Batman Movie"

Aug. 5: "Coco"

Aug. 19: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Sept. 9 "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Carl Schurz Park Sunset Film Festival

Enjoy free Insomnia Cookies as you sit out
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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

This commercial rooftop vineyard (at 299 Sands St.
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.

June 7: "Old School"

June 14: "Anchorman"

June 21: "Step Brothers"

June 28: "Blades of Glory"

July 5: "The Hunger Games"

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

There's nothing quite as cool as watching a
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.

May 25: "Top Gun"

June 29: "Wonder Woman"

July 13: "Friday the 13th"

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

The Long Island City park has once again
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 11: "Monsoon Wedding"

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

More than 150 free film screenings are planned
Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar / 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.

May 11: "Selena" and a best dressed contest at Highbridge Park, 6 p.m.

May 11: "Sing" at Great Kills Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 11: "Ferdinand" at Carl Schurz Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 11: "Lady Bird" at McCaren Park, 8 p.m.

May 11: Festival Friday: Art of Brooklyn Film Festival at Owl's Head Park, 8 p.m.

May 12: "Sparkle" with a tribute to the musical at Fort Greene Park, 6 p.m.

May 12: "Pixels" at Bloomingdale Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 12: "Deep" at Samuel Seabury Playground, 7:30 p.m.

May 12: "Despicable Me 3" at Harry Maze Playground, 8 p.m.

May 16: "The Space Between Us" at Tecumseh Playground, 7:30 p.m.

May 17: "Despicable Me 3" at Alfred E. Smith Rec center, 7:30 p.m.

May 18: "The LEGO Movie" at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.

May 18: "Coco" at William F. Passannante Ballfield, 7:30 p.m.

May 18: Festival Friday: American Black Film Festival, "Bruce," at Fort Greene Park, 7:45 p.m.

May 18: "Despicable Me 3" at Owl's Head Park, 8 p.m.

May 18: "Back to the Future" at John Golden Park, 8 p.m.

May 18: "Ferdinand" at Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, 8 p.m.

May 19: "Justice League" at Cpl. Thompson Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 19: "Coco" at Playground 89, 7:30 p.m.

May 19: "Coco" at Lincoln Road Entrance, 8 p.m.

May 19: "Zootopia" at Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park, 8 p.m.

May 19: "Sing" at Monsignor McGolrick Park, 8:15 p.m.

May 20: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Coffey Park, 8:15 p.m.

May 23: "Wonder" at Happy Warrior Playground, 7:30 p.m.

May 24: "The House" at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 25: "Despicable Me 2" at Wolfe's Pond Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 25: "Coco" at Frank D. O'Connor Playground, 8 p.m.

May 25: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Bensonhurst Park, 8:15 p.m.

May 26: "Jaws" at Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field, 7:30 p.m.

May 26: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at Sol Bloom Playground, 7:30 p.m.

May 26: "Finding Dory" at Gormon Playground, 8 p.m.

May 26: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at P.S. 249, 8:15 p.m.

May 27: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" at The Painter's Playground, 8 p.m.

May 30: "Ghost in the Shell" at Sward Park, 7:30 p.m.

May 31: "Coco" at St. Vartan Park, 7:30 p.m.

June 1: "Thor: Ragnarok" at Willowbrook Park Archery Range, 8 p.m.

June 1: "Stonewall" at McCarren Park Pool Deck, 8:30 p.m.

June 1: "The Lego Ninjago Movie" at Leif Ericson Park, 8:30 p.m.

June 2: "The Lion King" at Lemon Creek Park, 8 p.m.

June 2: "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" at Westerleigh Park, 8 p.m.

June 2: "Zootopia" at Shore Park and Parkway, 8:30 p.m.

June 8: "Moana" at The Meadow at Cedar Grove Park, 8 p.m.

June 8: "Saturday Church" at McCarren Park Pool Deck, 8:30 p.m.

June 9: "Field of Dreams" at LaTourette Park Parking Lot, 8 p.m.

June 14: "West Side Story" at Greenbelt Rec Center, 8 p.m.

June 15: "Transformers: The Last Knight" at Midland Field, 8 p.m.

June 16: "Black Panther" at Bloomingdale Park, 8 p.m.

June 16: "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat" at Arthur Von Briesen Park, 8 p.m.

June 16: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Amersfort Park, 8:30 p.m.

June 22: "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water" at Seaside wildlife Nature Park, 8 p.m.

June 22: "Yogi Bear" at Farber Park, 8 p.m.

June 23: "Dunkirk" at Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field, 8 p.m.

June 24: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Sheepshead Playground, 8:30 p.m.

June 28: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at Rockaway Beach at 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, 8 p.m.

June 28: "Chicago" at Greenbelt Rec Center, 8 p.m.

June 29: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at Willowbrook Park, 8 p.m.

June 30: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Cpl. Thompson Park, 8 p.m.

June 30: "A League of Their Own" at Schmul Park, 8 p.m.

June 30: "Despicable Me 3" at Parkside Playground, 8:30 p.m.

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