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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.

Outdoor movies in NYC -- at Bryant Park,

Outdoor movies in NYC -- at Bryant Park, Coney Island, Randall's Island and other spots -- are a must in the summer. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay

Warmer temperatures and longer days mean it's time to take movie night outside.

Public parks and rooftops will be 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. 

    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.

    • June 26 — "The Birdcage"
    • July 3 — "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
    • July 10 — "When Harry Met Sally"
    • July 17 — "Edge of Tomorrow"
    • July 24 — "Waiting for Guffman"
    • July 31 — "Space Balls"
    • Aug. 7 — "Trading Places"
    • Aug. 14 — "Casino Royale"
    • 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"

    Movie Nights at Bryant Park

    On Monday evenings, head to Bryant Park for a free outdoor movie, sponsored by Netflix, which will do giveaways, trivia and have surprises. This year's screen has been upgraded to a 40-foot LED screen.

    • June 24 — Fan choice (vote via @Vulture and @NetflixFilm on Twitter)
    • July 1 — "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"
    • July 8 — "Carrie"
    • July 15 — "Bad Boys"
    • July 22 — "Coming to America"
    • July 29 — "Goodfellas"
    • Aug. 5 — "Anchorman"
    • Aug. 12 — Fan choice (vote via @Vulture and @NetflixFilm on Twitter)

    NYC Parks film screenings

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

    • June 26 — "Stonewall Uprising" at 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Square Arch; "Anastasia" at 8:30 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Parking Lot in Brooklyn
    • June 27 — "Rebels on Pointe" at 8 p.m. at Washington Square Arch
    • June 28 — "Mustang" at 8:30 p.m. at WNYC Transmitter Park in Brooklyn; "Crazy Rich Asians" at 8 p.m. at Columbus Park in Manhattan; 
    • June 29 — "Crooklyn" at 6 p.m. in Howard Garden in 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.

      • June 28 — "Mustang" by Deniz Gamze Ergüven at Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
      • July 5 — "Tomboy" by Céline Sciamma at Tompkins Square Park
      • July 10 — "The Amazing Catfish" by Claudia Sainte-Luce at J. Hood Wright Park (West 173th Street)
      • July 12 — "Aya Of Yop City" by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie at Tompkins Square Park
      • July 19 — "Sequins" by Éléonore Faucher at Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street)
      • July 26 — "Chocolat" by Claire Denis at Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street)
      • 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.

      • June 27 — "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" at 8:38 p.m.
      • July 5 — "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" at 8:36 p.m.
      • July 11 — "Drop Dead Gorgeous" at 8:35 p.m.
      • July 12 — "Friday" at 8:35 p.m.
      • July 18 — "Best In Show" at 8:32 p.m.
      • July 25 — "American Psycho" at 8:25 p.m.
      • Aug. 1 — "Dumb and Dumber" at 8:15 p.m.
      • Aug. 8 — "Snatch" at 8:08 p.m.
      • Aug. 15 — "Trading Places" at 8 p.m.
      • 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.

      • June 30 — "Tyson"
      • July 7 — "Cliffhanger"
      • July 14 — "Liar Liar"
      • July 21 — "The Professional"
      • July 28 — "He Got Game"
      • Aug. 4 — "Never Been Kissed"
      • Aug. 11 — "Step Up"
      • Aug. 18 —"The Super"
      • 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 free films. Each screening is at a different time and place.

      • June 26 — "My Days of Mercy" at The William Vale in Williamsburg, 7 p.m.
      • June 27 — "You Don't Nomi" at Liberty Park in lower Manhattan, 7:15 p.m.
      • June 28 — "The Sound of Silence" at New Design High School on the Lower East Side, 7:30 p.m.
      • June 29 — "Midnight Family" at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, 7 p.m.
      • July 1 — "Pink Wall" at the William Vale in Williamsburg, 7 p.m.
      • July 11 — "Sister Aimee" at Fort Greene Park, 7:30 p.m.
      • July 12 — "Saint Frances" at Industry City in Sunset Park, 8 p.m.
      • July 13 — "Mickey and the Bear" at Industry City in Sunset Park, 8 p.m.
      • July 17 — "Anbessa" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, 7 p.m.
      • July 18 — "The Great Hack" at Industry City in Sunset Park, 8 p.m.
      • July 19 — "The Pine Barrens" at Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood, 7:45 p.m.
      • July 25 — "Well Groomed" at Fort Greene Park, 7:30 p.m.
      • July 31 — "Yes, God, Yes" at The William Vale in Williamsburg, 7 p.m.
      • Aug. 20 — "The Hottest August" at Liberty Park in Lower Manhattan
      • Aug. 21 — "Greener Grass" at the William Vale in Williamsburg, 7 p.m.
      • Aug. 23 — "Rooftop Shots: Closing Night" at Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood, 7:45 p.m.

      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.

      • June 24 — "Rent"
      • July 1 — "The Sandlot"
      • July 8 — "Fool's Gold"
      • July 15 — "Finding Nemo"
      • July 22 — "The Waterboy"
      • July 29 — "Shark Tale"
      • Aug. 5 — "Moana"
      • Aug. 12 — "The Last Song"
      • Sept. 2 — "Hook"
      • Sept. 9 — "50 First Dates"

      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.

      • July 3 — "Cielo" (Canada/Chile)
      • July 10 — "Purple Noon" (France/Italy)
      • July 17 — "Anbessa" (Ethiopia/Italy)
      • July 24 — "The Story of the Weeping Camel" (Germany/Mongolia)
      • July 31 — "En El Septimo Dia" (U.S.)
      • Aug. 7 — "Dark Toons" (Europe)
      • Aug. 14 — "La Cienaga" (Argentina)
      • Aug. 21 — "March of the Penguins" (France)

      Governors Island

      Governors Island and Film at Lincoln Center have partnered to bring outdoor screenings to the Parade Ground for three Friday nights this summer, starting at 6 p.m. with a live DJ set. Each film, which begins at dusk, will be preceded by a short film.

      • July 12 — "After Hours" and "Ada" by Eleanore Pienta
      • Aug. 9 — "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "To the Unknown" by Michael Almereyda

      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.

      • July 14 — "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" at Field 42 at 8:40 p.m.
      • July 28 — "Tangled" at 8:30 p.m.
      • Aug. 11 — "Crazy Rich Asians" at Field 42 at 8:15 p.m.
      • Aug. 18 — "Ralph Breaks the Internet" at 8 p.m.
      • 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.

      • July 9 — "Top Gun"
      • July 16 — "Major League"
      • July 23 — "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids"
      • July 30 — "The Terminator"
      • Aug. 6 — "Real Genius"
      • Aug. 13 — "The Dark Crystal"
      • 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.

      • July 11 — "Pariah"
      • July 18 — "Girlfight"
      • July 25 — "It Happened One Night"
      • Aug. 1 — "Crooklyn"
      • Aug. 8 — "The Big Lebowski"
      • Aug. 15 — "An American Tail"
      • Aug. 22 — "Selma"
      • Aug. 29 — Public vote: "The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert," "Groundhog Day," or "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.

      Heritage of Pride Family Movie Night

      "Coco" at Pier 45 on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

      Iconic New York Movies on Wednesdays

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

      • July 10 — "The Warriors — Can I Kick It?" Produced by Shaolin Jazz
      • July 17 — "When Harry Met Sally"
      • July 24 — "Moonstruck"
      • July 31 — "Do The Right Thing"
      • Aug. 7 — "Tootsie"
      • Aug. 14 — "The Last Dragon — Can I Kick It?" Produced by Shaolin Jazz
      • Aug. 21 — "Big"

      Family Favorites on Fridays

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

      • July 12 — "Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse"
      • July 19 — "Ralph Breaks the Internet"
      • July 26 — "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"
      • Aug. 2 — "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"
      • Aug. 9 — "Incredibles 2"
      • Aug. 16 — "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
      • Aug. 23 — "Trolls"

      Prospect Park's Summer Movies Under the Stars

      Nitehawk Cinema and Prospect Park are returning in July for its "A Summer Movie Series Under the Stars" that will feature women's stories and films created by women. Each showing lands on Wednesdays at the park's Long Meadow and starts with live music at 7 p.m.

      • July 17 —"Brave"
      • July 24 — "Love and Basketball"
      • July 31 — "Babe: Pig in the City"

      Intrepid Museum's Summer Movie Series

      The Intrepid Museum offers such a unique movie screening experience that you have to try it at least once. Audience members get to sit on the ship's flight deck, which overlooks the Hudson River. The deck opens at 5 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. Movies are on Fridays, beginning at sunset, weather permitting.

      • July 19 — "First Man" on the museum's pier
      • Aug. 16 — Community choice

      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.

      • July 10 — "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
      • July 17 — "The Darjeeling Limited"
      • July 24 — "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" 
      • July 31 — "Little Miss Sunshine"
      • Aug. 7 — "Kubo and the Two Strings"
      • Aug. 14 — "Life of Pi"
      • 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.

      • July 26 — "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse) at Lou Lodati
      • Aug. 16 — "Coco" at Noonan
      • Sept. 6 — "West Side Story" at Noonan

      Summer in the Square — Throwback Thursday movie nights

      Union Square is screening film favorites Thursday nights at dusk in August. Grab a seat in the North Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m.

      • Aug. 1 — "Space Jam"
      • Aug. 8 — "Ghostbusters"

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