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Outdoor movies in NYC: Where and when to catch a film under the stars

The city's parks and Randall's Island are among the locations to catch a movie outside this spring and summer.

Visitors relax on the lawn at Pier 1

Visitors relax on the lawn at Pier 1 as they wait for the movie to begin at the Brooklyn Bridge Park's Movie With a View series on Aug. 8. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Summer is the perfect time to take movie night outside.

Public parks and rooftops are making the most of the warmer weather, offering free and ticketed outdoor screenings across the city.

Prepare your picnic blanket to watch your favorite films under the stars. 

SIXTY LES rooftop movies

SIXTY Hotel in the Lower East Side (190 Allen St.) is hosting an outdoor movie series on its rooftop/pool area every Thursday through Sept. 19. There will be free popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Movies begin by 9 p.m.

  • Aug. 22 — "The Hangover"
  • Aug. 29 — "Ghostbusters"
  • Sept. 5 — "Gone in Sixty Seconds"
  • Sept. 12 — "Back to the Future"
  • Sept. 19 — "Taxi Driver"

Parklife Outdoor Cinema

Grab some tacos and cocktails at Parklife (636 Degraw St., Brooklyn) while you catch this free movie series that begins at sunset (around 8 p.m.) on Wednesdays.

  • Aug. 21 — "The Princess Bride"
  • Aug. 28 — "Shaun of the Dead"
  • Sept. 4 — "Beetlejuice"
  • Sept. 11 — "Dazed and Confused"
  • Sept. 18 — "Moonstruck"
  • Sept. 25 — Viewers' choice — "Tropic Thunder," "Black Panther" or "Lock Stock"

NYC Parks film screenings

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation regularly holds free film screenings at its many parks around dusk, which with the right weather is a perfect way to spend your night. The following are our picks:

  • Aug. 19 — "Green Book" at Main Park House in Cunningham Park, Queens; "Dumbo" at Sheepshead Playground, Brooklyn; "Shazam!" at American Playground, Brooklyn; "The Godfather" at Astoria Park Lawn, Queens
  • Aug. 20 — "Aquaman" at St. Nicholas Playground, Manhattan; "Black Panther" at Willowbrook Park Archery Range, Staten Island
  • Aug. 21 — "Carnival of the Animals" with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park; Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and movie screening at Hansborough Rec Center, Manhattan; "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" at Carroll Park, Brooklyn; "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  • Aug. 22 — "Bill & Ted's Bogus Adventure" at Bay Eighth Street and Independence Avenue, Brooklyn; "Captain Marvel" at Haffen Park, Bronx
  • Aug. 23 — "Decade of Fire" at West 135th Street Plaza, Manhattan; "Peter & The Wolf" at WNYC Transmitter Park, Brooklyn; "Aquaman" at Orchard Beach, Bronx; "The Hate U Give" at Hansborough Rec Center, Manhattan; "Adventureland" at 50 Kent Pop-Up Park, Brooklyn; "The Greatest Showman" at Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan; "Incredibles 2" at Tremont Park, Bronx; "Avengers: Endgame" at Francis Lewis Park, Queens
  • Aug. 24 — "Captain Marvel" at John Jay Park, Manhattan; "The Empire Strikes Back" at Shore Road Park, Brooklyn

Films on the Green

Female filmmakers are being honored during this summer's Films on the Green presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Most of the free screenings will have French music spun by live DJs before the movies begin at sunset.

  • Sept. 3 — "Olivia" by Jacqueline Audry at Columbia University (at 116th Street)

Rooftop Reds

This commercial rooftop vineyard (at 299 Sands St. in Brooklyn) holds film screenings on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) when the weather cooperates. Movies start after 8 p.m., but there's a $30 admission fee that includes 2 slices of pizza from Il Porto Pizzeria.

  • Aug. 22 — "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" at 7:50 p.m.
  • Aug. 29 — "Jaws" at 7:40 p.m.
  • Sept. 5 — "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at 7:28 p.m.
  • Sept. 12 — "Pulp Fiction" at 7:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 19 — "A League of Their Own" at 7:03 p.m.
  • Sept. 26 — "West Side Story" at 6:52 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 — "Hocus Pocus" at 6:40 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 — "Jeepers Creepers" at 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17 — "Paranormal Activity" at 6:20 p.m.
  • Oct. 24 — "Seven" at 6:10 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 — "Silence of the Lambs" at 6 p.m.

Habana

Not much is better than pairing Latin food with the great outdoors. Every Sunday at 8 p.m., through the end of October, Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St. in Brooklyn) is using its huge outdoor space as a theater of sorts.

  • Aug. 25 - "Notorious R"
  • Sept. 1 — "Jurrasic Park PG"
  • Sept. 8 — "Fifth Element"
  • Sept. 15 — "Fight Club"
  • Sept. 22 — "Wild Wild West"
  • Sept. 29 — "Paid In Full"
  • Oct. 6 — "Goodfellas"
  • Oct. 13 — "Sister Act"
  • Oct. 20 — "Scream"
  • Oct. 27 — "Hocus Pocus"

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films travels around the city's most scenic places to offer ticketed and free films. Each screening is at a different time and place, so check the schedule before you head out.

  • Aug. 20 — "The Hottest August" at 7:15 p.m. in Liberty Park in Lower Manhattan
  • Aug. 21 — "Greener Grass" at 7 p.m. at the William Vale in Williamsburg
  • Aug. 23 — "Rooftop Shots: Closing Night" at 7:45 p.m. in Green-Wood Cemetery
  • Aug. 31 — "Avengers: Endgame" at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Army Terminal
  • Sept. 13 — "Gates of Heaven" at 7:45 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery
  • Sept. 16 — "The Eyeslicer: Season Two" at 7:45 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery

Seaport Cinema

The public voted for which movies to screen during this summer's outdoor films at Seaport Cinema, which is held on the Rooftop at Pier 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and films begin at sundown on Mondays.

  • Sept. 2 — "Hook"
  • Sept. 9 — "50 First Dates"
  • Sept. 16 — "The Waterboy"

Socrates Sculpture Park Outdoor Cinema

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 each Wednesday starting in July. Films begin at sunset, with pre-screening performances starting at 7 p.m.

  • Aug. 21 — "March of the Penguins" (France)

Randall's Island Outdoor Movie Nights

Free games and crafts are open to all before the movies begin — and there is free popcorn, too. The screenings will be held at Field 81 unless otherwise noted.

  • Sept. 8 — "Creed II" in Field 42 at 7:30 p.m.

Red Hook Flicks

Watch your favorite movies under the watch of Lady Liberty with Summer Movies on the Pier in association with Red Hook Labs. Gather at Valentino Pier with your chairs and blankets for the films, which begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Aug. 20 — "Boys N The Hood"
  • Aug. 27 — "Red Dawn"

Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Each show at the park's Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1 kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursdays with music and dining opportunities (sweet treats, snacks, drinks, beer and wine from Smorgasburg). This year's theme is "Better the Second Time Around," featuring popular films shown over the movie series' history.

  • Aug. 22 — "Selma"
  • Aug. 29 — Public vote: "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory"

Hudson River Flicks

Hudson River Park's outdoor movies come with free popcorn (while supplies last) and a view of the Hudson River. On Wednesdays and Fridays this summer, take your picnic blanket for a night of entertainment, including two movies produced by Shaolin Jazz, a mix project fusing jazz with hip-hop from the Wu-Tang Clan. The screenings will remix the movies' soundtracks to accentuate specific scenes and fighting sequences.

Iconic New York Movies on Wednesdays

Pier 63 at 8:30 p.m. or dusk

  • Aug. 21 — "Big"

Family Favorites on Fridays

Pier 46 at 8:30 p.m. or dusk

  • Aug. 23 — "Trolls"

Pier 1 Picture Show

Starting at sunset, films are screened on the pier in Riverside Park every Wednesday, July 10-Aug. 21. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 21 — "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Sunnyside Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch a movie at Lou Lodati Playground and Noonan Playground after sunset (at about 7:30 p.m.) with fun activities beforehand at 7 p.m.

  • Sept. 6 — "West Side Story" at Noonan

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