Free Outdoor Movies for NYC Kids This Summer: Hundreds of Them!

Where to See Outdoor Family Movies in New York City Parks? RiverFlicks, Bryant Park, Movies Under the Stars
Pull up a blanket for Movies With a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Julienne Schaer

New York City will screen hundreds of FREE outdoor movies this summer, many of them just for kids and families. The popular Movies Under the Stars series, which debuted with screenings in parks and at playgrounds in all five boroughs in 2016, returns—along with many of our favorite annual series.

A few outdoor movie series, such as RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even grown-up series, such as those in Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, include a few family-friendly screenings. Movies usually begin when evening falls, between 8 and 8:30pm, but plan to arrive early...the well-known series fill up fast, and many parks offer pre-movie entertainment.

Even if your local park is screening a flick you've watched a dozen or so times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside several hundred other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event, and a summer rite of passage for New Yorkers of all ages.

So grab your calendars and start plotting your FREE summer of entertainment now. And be sure to check out the other amazing seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

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NOTE: We'll be updating this page all summer long as series and single FREE movies are announced, so bookmark and visit often!

Pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in NYC. You can even jump directly to your favorite borough:

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Manhattan

Movies Under the Stars — Various Parks

Pack a picnic, blanket, and/or chair, and head to a local park. Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks bring more than 150 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs.

  • Splash (PG), Thursday, July 5 – Tony Dapolito Rec Center, Greenwich Village
  • Bedtime Stories (PG), Thursday, July 5 – Belleview South Park, Kips Bay
  • Southside with You (PG-13), Friday, July 6 – Harlem Art Park, East Harlem
  • Hotel Transylvania (PG), Saturday, July 7 – Tompkins Square Park, East Village
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG), Tuesday, July 10 – Asser Levy Playground, Peter Cooper Village
  • Lilo and Stitch (PG), Tuesday, July 10 – Swindler's Cove, Fort George
  • The Secret Life of Pets (PG), Wednesday, July 11 – Cherry Tree Park, East Harlem
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (G), Thursday, July 12 – Dapolito Recreation Center, Greenwich Village
  • The Space Between Us (PG-13), Thursday, July 12 – Tecumseh Playground, Upper West Side
  • Queen of Katwe (PG), Friday, July 13 – Frederick Johnson Park, Sugar Hill
  • Coco (PG), Saturday, July 14 – Playground 89, Upper West Side
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13), Tuesday, July 17 – Blake Hobbes Playground, East Harlem
  • Moana (PG), Wednesday, July 18 – Hamilton Fish Park, Lower East Side
  • Little Shop of Horrors (PG-13), Thursday, July 19 – Tony Dapolito Rec Center, Greenwich Village
  • Lion (PG-13), Thursday, July 19 – Playground 103 CIII, East Harlem
  • The Jungle Book (PG, 2016), Friday, July 20 – Dry Dock Playground, East Village
  • Justice League (PG-13), Tuesday, July 24 – Nathan Straus Playground, Lower East Side
  • Big Hero 6 (PG), Tuesday, July 24 - Sherman Creek Park, Inwood
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (PG), Wednesday, July 25 – St. Nicholas Playground South, Harlem
  • The Lion King (G), Thursday, July 26 – Tony Dapolito Rec Center, Greenwich Village
  • The Princess Bride (PG), Friday, July 27 – Fort Tryon Park, Inwood
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13), Saturday, July 28 – Frederick Douglass Playground, Upper West Side
  • Justice League (PG-13), Tuesday, July 31 – St. Nicholas North Playground, Harlem
  • Gifted (PG-13), Wednesday, August 1 – DeWitt Clinton Park, Midtown West
  • Justice League (PG-13), Thursday, August 2 – Highbridge Park, Washington Heights
  • The Jackie Robinson Story (PG-13), Friday, August 3 – Jackie Robinson Park, Sugar Hill
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13), Saturday, August 4 – The Peninsula, Inwood Hill Park
  • The Boxtrolls (PG), Tuesday, August 7 – Raoul Wallenberg Playground, Highbridge Park, Washington Heights
  • Isle of Dogs (PG-13), Thursday, August 9 – Matthew Sapolin Playground, Upper West Side
  • Peter Rabbit (PG), Friday, August 10 – Twenty Four Sycamores Park, Midtown East
  • Gremlins (PG), Tuesday, August 14 – Henry M Jackson Playground, Lower East Side
  • Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG), Wednesday, August 15 – James Weldon Johnson Playground, East Harlem
  • Fantastic Mr Fox (PG), Thursday, August 16 – Samuel Seabury Playground, Upper East Side
  • Selma (PG-13), Friday, August 17 – Hansborough Recreation Center, Harlem
  • A Wrinkle in Time (PG), Friday, August 17 – Jacob Schiff Playground, Upper West Side
  • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Saturday, August 18 – Marx Brothers Playground, Upper East Side
  • The BFG (PG), Tuesday, August 21 – Col Charles Young Playground, Harlem
  • Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13), Wednesday, August 22 – Booker T Washington Playground, Upper West Side
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13), Friday, August 24 – Carmansville Playground, Sugar Hill
  • A Ballerina's Tale (NR), Saturday, August 25 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Playground, Harlem
  • Isle of Dogs (PG-13), Tuesday, August 28 – Sol Lain Playground, Lower East Side
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13), Thursday, August 30 – Jackie Robinson Park, Sugar Hill
  • Black Panther (PG-13), Friday, August 31 – Hansborough Recreation Center, Harlem
  • Sherlock Gnomes (PG), Friday, August 31 – The Peninsula, Inwood Hill Park
  • A Wrinkle in Time (PG), Saturday, September 1 – Frederick Douglass Park, Upper West Side
  • The Greatest Showman (PG), Friday, September 7 – Corlears Hook Playground, Lower East Side
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13), Tuesday, September 25 – Sol Lain Playground, Lower East Side


Bring a blanket and a picnic for an evening at Bryant Park. Photo by Jeff Kuffer via Flickr

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival — Midtown West
Mondays, June 18-August 20
Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
This series' lineup of Golden Age of Hollywood and new classic movies usually attracts serious cinephiles. Many of the films aren't appropriate for young kids, and it gets crowded, but still, this is an iconic spot to see a flick. If you can't stay for the main show, come early to picnic on the grass—the Hester Street Fair sells a curated selection of eats on the Terrace—and watch the pre-movie show: classic Warner Brother's cartoons. Arrive before the lawn opens at 5pm if you want to snag a decent spot.

  • The Breakfast Club (R), Monday, June 18
  • The Philadelphia Story (NR), Monday, June 25
  • A League of Their Own (PG), Monday, July 2
  • Little Miss Sunshine (R), Monday, July 9
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (PG-13), Monday, July 16
  • The Princess Bride (PG), Monday, July 23
  • When Harry Met Sally (R), Monday, July 30
  • The Wiz (G), Monday, August 6
  • Thelma and Louise (R), Monday, August 13
  • The Terminator (R), Monday, August 20

Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza -- Financial District
Thu-Sat: June 14-16, July 12-14, and August 9-11
Oculus at Westfield World Trade Towers
For the second consecutive year, Westfield World Trade Center and Tribeca bring a free summer outdoor film series to Lower Manhattan’s Oculus Plaza. This year's theme: FOOD! The screenings are free, but advance ticketing is required, so plan ahead. Movies screen around 7:30pm; doors open at 5pm.

  • Thursday, June 14: La La Land (PG-13) Special music performance by DJ Empanadamn before the screening
  • Friday, June 15: Chef (R) Special music performance by Matt Sucich before the screening
  • Saturday, June 16: The Princess and the Frog (G)
  • Thursday, July 12: When Harry Met Sally (R)
  • Friday, July 13: Moonstruck (PG)
  • Saturday, July 14: Lady and the Tramp (G)
  • Thursday, August 9: Mean Girls (PG-13)
  • Friday, August 10: Coming to America (R)
  • Saturday, August 11: Elf (PG)

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    Watch a movie from the flight deck of the museum at he Intrepid Summer Movie Series. Photo courtesy of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    Intrepid Summer Movie Series — Midtown West
    Fridays, May 26, June 29, July 27, August 10, and August 24
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue
    The giant ship screens sea, air, and space-themed blockbusters on its flight deck. All flicks are introduced by special guests who work in STEM fields.
    • Top Gun (PG), Friday, May 26
    • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Friday, June 29
    • Dunkirk (PG-13), Friday, July 27
    • Ghostbusters (1984) (PG-13), Friday, August 10
    • Community Choice, Friday, August 24

    Sunset Film Festival — Upper East Side
    Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 8
    Basketball/hockey courts in Carl Schurz Park
    The gorgeous green space hosts its sixth-annual film fest, with free cookies provided by Insomnia Cookies. Bring a chair or blanket, and arrive early for complimentary popcorn.

    • Paddington 2 (PG), Tuesday, July 31
    • Night at the Museum (PG), Wednesday, August 8

    Hudson Riverflicks, Big Hit Wednesdays — Chelsea
    Pier 63 near 23rd Street and the Hudson River
    Wednesdays, July 11-August 16
    Although Hudson River Park screens family movies on Friday evenings, its grown-up film series has a couple of tween- and teen-friendly titles:

    • Get Out (R), Wednesday, July 11
    • The Big Sick (R), Wednesday, July 18
    • Jumanji (2018) (PG-13), Wednesday, July 25
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (R), Wednesday, August 1
    • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Wednesday, August 8
    • Lady Bird (R), Wednesday, August 15
    • Blade Runner 2048 (R), Wednesday, August 22

    Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show — Upper West Side
    Wednesdays, July 11-August 22
    Pier I in Riverside Park South, 70th Street at the Hudson River
    This series, right on the river, has several family-friendly titles in 2018, and you can always make time for an evening date night or bring your teen along for some of the more sophisticated titles:

    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG), Wednesday, July 11
    • Sita Sings the Blues (NR), Wednesday, July 18
    • Toy Story 3 (G), Wednesday, July 25
    • Coco (PG), Wednesday, August 1
    • Summer Wars (PG), Wednesday, August 8
    • WALL-E (G), Wednesday, August 15
    • Up (PG), Wednesday, August 22

    Pier 17 Cinema Club – South St Seaport
    Wednesdays, July 18, August 15 and August 29
    89 South St.
    Enjoy movie-themed snacks, themed giveaways and amazing views. Doors open at 6:30pm, so bring your blankets and get there early to grab a seat. Tickets are free but capacity is limited. Register in advance, online.

    • You've Got Mail (PG-13), Wednesday, July 18
    • The Greatest Showman (PG), Wednesday, August 15
    • Minions or Annie, Wednesday, August 29

    Summer Outdoor Movie Nights in Stuyvesant Square – Lower East Side
    Thursdays, July 5-26
    Stuyvesant Square, Rutherford Place and E. 16th St.
    Bring a blanket and snacks to sit on the North Lawn in West Stuyvesant and watch some classic films under the summer sky.

    • Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (PG-13), Thursday, July 5
    • Some Like It Hot (PG), Thursday, July 12
    • Coco (PG), Thursday, July 19
    • Vertigo (PG), Thursday, July 26

    Hudson River-Flicks: Sing-Along Special — Hell's Kitchen
    Thursdays, July 26 and August 23
    Clinton Cove, West 55th Street in Hudson River Park
    As if we didn't love the folks in Hudson River Park enough for bringing us Big Hit Wednesdays and RiverFlicks for Kids, organizers have added a pair of special sing-alongs for cinephiles who like to belt out a tune:

    • Chicago (PG-13), Thursday, July 26
    • Frozen (PG), Thursday, August 23

    Movies at Waterside— Gramercy/East River
    Mondays, August 6-27
    Waterside Plaza, 25th Street and the FDR Highway
    Waterside Plaza partners with RCN, the local cable provider, to present free movies and popcorn outside on the Plaza! Folding chairs and blankets are welcome.

    • Toy Story (G), August 6
    • Labyrinth (PG), August 13
    • The Wizard of Oz (PG) - Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum joins – with trivia, a costume contest, free collectable postcards & other Oz goodies, August 20
    • From Up on Poppy Hill (PG), August 27

    Citi Summer in the Square — Union Square
    Thursdays, August 2 and 9
    Union Square Park, North Plaza at 17th Street and Union Square East
    Union Square again hosts a pair of movies as part of its Citi Summer in the Square series. Seating begins at 6:30pm; movies start at dusk, but bring your own blankets or chairs and arrive early to snag a good spot.


    It's all about the kids at the Hudson RiverFlicks series. Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park

    RiverFlicks for Kids — West Village
    Fridays, July 7-August 18
    Pier 46 in Hudson River Park, Charles and West Streets
    This kid-centric series has a fantastic lineup featuring many of last year's big family hits plus a few new classics. Arrive early, by 7pm or so, to stake out a good spot because the screen isn't that big. It's a lovely place for a picnic (bring your own food or hit the vendors), and there's usually a nice breeze off the water.
    • Moana (PG), Friday, July 13
    • Wonder (PG), Friday, July 20
    • Jumanji (1995) (PG), Friday, July 27
    • Paddington 2 (PG), Friday, August 3
    • Spice World (PG), Friday, August 10
    • Karate Kid (1984) (PG), Friday, August 17
    • Coco (PG), Friday, August 24

    MOCACinema at Columbus Park — Chinatown
    Fridays, June 8-29
    NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) host four film screenings at Columbus Park on Fridays during the month of June. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and enjoy a movie. Movies begin at dusk.

    • Mulan (PG), Friday, June 8
    • The Ninjago Lego Movie (PG), Friday, June 15
    • Pushing Hands (PG-13), Friday, June 22
    • Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon (PG-13), Friday, June 29

    Outdoor Movie Night at the Mansion -- Washington Heights
    Fridays, July 6 and 20, and August 17
    Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
    Beat the heat with a NYC-themed flick on the mansion lawn. Bring a blanket and a picnic.

    • Stormy Weather! (NR), Friday, July 6
    • Lullaby of Broadway (NR), Friday, July 20
    • The Producers (PG), Friday, August 17
    • Godspell (G), Friday, September 14

    Central Park Conservancy Film Festival — Central Park
    Tue-Fri, August 14-17
    The Central Park Conservancy is teaming up with two iconic New York City cultural institutions, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Museum of the City of New York, for the 16th annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, with a lineup featuring great New York City films and filmmakers.

    • Hair (PG), Tuesday, August 14
    • Crooklyn (PG-13), Wednesday, August 15
    • Dr. Strangelove (PG), Thursday, August 16
    • The Muppets Take Manhattan (G), Friday, August 17

    Brooklyn

    Movies Under the Stars — Various Parks
    Pack a picnic, blanket, and/or chair, and head to a local park. Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks bring more than 150 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs.

    Outer Space Outdoors — Brooklyn Heights
    Thursdays, June 7-28
    Albee Square, corner of Fulton and Bond
    Enjoy free out-of-this-world movies under the stars on Thursday evenings in June. DJ music at 7pm and screenings at 8pm are brought to you by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Alamo Drafthouse.

    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG) - June 7
    • Men in Black (PG-13) - June 14
    • Space Jam (PG) - June 21
    • Gravity (PG-13) - Jun 28

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    Kick back with some Mexican or Cuban cuisine and watch a flick at the eco-eatery Habana Outpost. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

    Movies Under the Stars at Habana Outpost — Fort Greene
    Sundays, May 13-October 28
    757 Fulton Street between Oxford Street and Portland Avenue
    The popular outdoor eatery hosts free community activities in its picnic-table stocked garden, including this Sunday night movie series, which lasts into the fall. The eclectic lineup skews adult (click through to our calendar to see the full lineup, including R-rated films), but tweens and teens might enjoy:

    • Steel Magnolias (PG), Sunday, May 13
    • Indiana Jones (PG), Sunday, May 20
    • West Side Story (G), Sunday, June 3
    • Selena (PG), Sunday, June 10
    • Top Gun (PG), Sunday, July 1
    • Jaws (PG), Sunday, July 8
    • The Last Dragon (PG), Sunday, July 15
    • Viva Las Vegas (PG), Sunday, July 22
    • Love and Basketball (PG), Sunday, August 5
    • Grease (PG), Sunday, August 12
    • Dirty Dancing (PG), Sunday, August 19
    • The Sandlot (PG), Sunday, September 2

    Flicks on the Beach - Coney Island
    Mondays, July 9 & 23 and August 6 & 20
    West 10th Street and the Boardwalk
    A giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater.

    • The Greatest Showman (PG) - July 9
    • Back to the Future (PG) - July 23
    • Coco (PG) - August 6
    • Black Panther (PG-13) - August 20

    Red Hook Flicks: Summer Movies on the Pier - Red Hook
    Tuesdays, July 10 - August 28
    Valentino Pier
    Red Hook Flicks, in association with Pioneer Works, presents Summer Movies on The Pier, many family-friendly. All films start at 8:30pm, or as soon as it’s dark enough. The films are screened on the lawn at Valentino Pier and viewers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or sheets.

    • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (R) - July 10
    • Creed (PG-13) - July 17
    • Captain Underpants (PG) - July 24
    • Roadhouse (R) - July 31
    • Hairspray (PG) - August 7
    • Silence of the Lambs (R) - August 14
    • Coco (PG) - August 21
    • Dr. Strangelove (PG) - August 28

    A Summer Movie under the Stars in Prospect Park — Prospect Park
    The Prospect Park Alliance presents free summer movie screenings with live music. Entertainment begins at 7pm, and the movie starts shortly after sunset.

    • The Wizard of Oz (PG), Wednesday, July 18 — Musical entertainment by Highline Chamber Ensemble’s jazz trio
    • Alice in Wonderland (G), Wednesday, July 25 — Live entertainment by Morricone Youth
    • West Side Story (G), Wednesday, August 1 — Live entertainment by Skyline Salsa Band
    • Space Jam (PG), Wednesday, August 8 — Live entertainment by DJ Dr. Israel

    SummerScreen — Williamsburg
    Wednesdays, July 11-August 29
    McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street
    Spend the day in activity-filled McCarren Park and then catch screenings at night. The lineup skews tweens and up:

    • Jawbreaker (R), Wednesday, July 11
    • When Harry Met Sally (R), Wednesday, July 18
    • Love & Basketball (PG-13), Wednesday, July 25
    • Hackers (PG-13), Wednesday, August 1
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG), Wednesday, August 8
    • Die Hard (R), Wednesday, August 15
    • Surprise Musical TBA, Wednesday, August 22
    • Audience Choice, Wednesday, August 29

    Movies with a View — Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Thursdays, July 12-August 30
    Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1
    Going into its 19th year, Movies with a View attracts tens of thousands of people each summer to the waterfront park. The 2018 theme: She Directs!

    • Desperately Seeking Susan (PG-13), Thursday, July 12
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG), Thursday, July 19
    • Paris is Burning (R), Thursday, July 26
    • Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13), Thursday, August 2
    • Wayne's World (PG-13), Thursday, August 9
    • Love & Basketball (PG-13), Thursday, August 16
    • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Thursday, August 23

    August 30: Audience votes! Options are:

    • Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) directed by Dorothy Arzner
    • Big (1988) (PG) directed by Penny Marshall
    • Point Break (1991) (R) directed by Kathryn Bigelow
    • The Matrix (1999) (R) directed by Lana and Lily Wachowski

    Narrows Botanical Gardens Movie Nights — Bay Ridge
    Fridays, June 22, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
    Shore Road between 69th and 72nd Streets
    Didn't know that Brooklyn had another botanical garden, did you? This small green space hosts five free flicks, mostly good for families.

    • Grease (PG-13), Friday, June 22
    • The Lion King (G), Friday, July 13
    • Vertigo (PG), Friday, July 27
    • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG), Friday, August 10
    • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (G), Friday, August 24

    SummerStarz Movies— Greenpoint
    Fridays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3 & 10
    Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Ave
    Pack a picnic and the kids and enjoy an evening screening on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront.

    • The Lego Batman Movie (PG) - July 6
    • Inside Out (PG) - July 13
    • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) - July 20
    • Coco (PG) - July 27
    • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (PG-13) - August 3
    • Black Panther (PG-13) - August 10

    Queens

    Movies Under the Stars — Various Parks
    Pack a picnic, blanket, and/or chair, and head to a local park. Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks bring more than 150 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs.

    • Edward Scissorhands (PG-13), Tuesday, July 3 -- Juniper Valley Park Playground, Middle Village
    • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13), Thursday, July 5 -- Roy Wilkins Park, St. Albans/Jamaica
    • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13), Friday, July 6 – Broad Channel Park, Broad Channel
    • Moana (PG), Saturday, July 7 – Springfield Park, Springfield Gardens
    • Sing (PG), Sunday, July 8 – Rockaway Beach
    • The King and I (G), Sunday, July 8 -- Athens Square, Astoria
    • Zootopia (PG), Wednesday, July 11 -- Joseph Addabbo Memorial Park, Tudor Park
    • Despicable Me 3 (PG), Thursday, July 12 -- Los Battalion Hall Recreation Center, Rego Park
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13), Friday, July 13 -- Crocheron Park, Bayside
    • Coco (PG), Tuesday, July 17 -- Grover Cleveland Park, Ridgewood
    • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Wednesday, July 18 -- Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
    • Southside with You (PG-13), Friday, July 20 -- Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Rockaway
    • Brave (PG), Saturday, July 21 -- Paul Raimondo Playground, Ditmars Steinway
    • Edward Scissorhands (PG-13), Sunday, July 22 -- Athens Square, Astoria
    • Grease (PG-13), Monday, July 23 — Forest Park
    • Zootopia (PG), Thursday, July 26 – Alley Pond Park
    • Coco (PG), Friday, July 27 - Playground for All Children, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    • The Little Mermaid (PG), Sunday, July 27 – Rockaway Beach, The Rockaways
    • Big (PG), Monday, July 30 – Lower Highland Playground, Highland Park
    • Coco (PG), Tuesday, July 31 – Yellowstone Park, Forest Hills
    • Black Panther (PG-13), Wednesday, August 1 – Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG), Monday, August 6 – Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park
    • Justice League (PG-13), Friday, August 3 – Crocheron Park, Bayside
    • Coco (PG), Saturday, August 4 – Paul Raimondo Playground, Ditmars Steinway
    • Escape to Witch Mountain (G), Sunday, August 5 – Rockaway Beach, the Rockaways
    • Black Panther (PG-13), Monday, August 6 - Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows
    • Coco (PG), Saturday, August 11 - Rockaway Beach, Rockaway
    • Wonder (PG), Monday, August 13 – Highland Park, Cypress Hills
    • The Lion King (G), Tuesday, August 14 – Alley Pond Park, Oakland Gardens
    • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13), Monday, August 20 – Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park
    • Despicable Me 3 (PG), Friday, August 24 – Crocheron Park, Bayside
    • Coco (PG), Monday, August 27 – Highland Park, Cypress Hills


    The appropriately named Skyline Cinema at Hunters Point Park in Queens will show a number of family movies. Photo courtesy of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

    Skyline Cinema — Long Island City
    Third Friday of the month, May 18-September 15
    The Oval at Hunters Point South Park, 50th Avenue and Center Boulevard
    Enjoy old and new classic flicks in the gorgeous waterfront Hunters Point South Park.
    • Wizard of Oz (PG), Friday, May 18
    • Moonstruck (PG), Friday, June 15
    • Sleepless in Seattle (PG), Friday, July 19
    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG), Friday, August 16
    • Ratatouille (G), Friday, September 15

    Movie Nights in Rockaway — Rockaway Beach
    Bring a blanket and a picnic on Thursday, June 28; Saturday, July.14; and Friday, August 10.

    Socrates Sculpture Park, Outdoor Cinema — Long Island City
    Socrates Sculpture Park offers foreign language (subtitled) films on a big outdoor screen on Wednesday evenings. Most are really better for adults, but they're all free, and some are even rated G. Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm.

    • Monsoon Wedding (R) (India), Wednesday, July 11
    • Black Mother (NR) (US/Jamaica), Wednesday, July 18
    • The Young Girls of Rochefort (G) (France), Wednesday, July 25
    • Loveling (NR) (Brazil), Wednesday, August 1
    • Spirit of the Bee Hive (NR) (Spain), Wednesday, August 8
    • Tampopo (NR) (Japan), Wednesday, August 15
    • Kedi (NR) (Turkey), Wednesday, August 22
    • The Passionate Thief (NR) (Italy), Wednesday, August 30


    The appropriately named Skyline Cinema at Hunters Point Park in Queens will show a number of family movies. Photo courtesy of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

    Movies on the Waterfront — Astoria Park
    Movies on the Waterfront is back for 2018, offered on Monday evenings in late July through August, hosted by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, Inc. All films begin at sundown on the Astoria Park Great Lawn.

    • Monday, July 23 -- Bambi (G)
    • Monday, July 30 -- Moonstruck (PG)
    • Monday, August 6 -- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
    • Monday, August 13 -- Casablanca (PG) Monday,
    • August 20 -- Black Panther (PG-13)

    The Bronx

    Movies Under the Stars — Various Parks
    Pack a picnic, blanket, and/or chair, and head to a local park. Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks bring more than 150 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs.

    Rooftop Films -- Concourse Village
    Tuesdays, June 5, July 17, and August 7
    Bronx Terminal Market, 610 Exterior Street, Level 6, Garage Roofdeck
    Celebrate the summer on select Tuesdays with a FREE, family-friendly film series under the stars on Bronx Terminal Market's parking level 6 rooftop.

    • Sing! (PG), Tuesday, June 5
    • Beauty and the Beast (PG), Tuesday, July 17
    • Coco (PG), Tuesday, August 7

    Staten Island

    Movies Under the Stars — Various Parks
    Pack a picnic, blanket, and/or chair, and head to a local park. Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks bring more than 150 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs.

    The Islands (Governor's, Randall's and Roosevelt)

    Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island — Governor's Island
    Second Friday of the month, June 8-September 14; Parade Grounds
    Late ferries and movies about the cities we love. Not all are great for kids, but if you feel your critters are old enough for a memorable treat...

    • Escape from New York (R) (John Carpenter, 1981, 99m) with The Road to Magnasanti (John Wilson, 2017, 15m), Friday, June 8
    • Desperately Seeking Susan (PG-13) (Susan Seidelman, 1985, 104m) with My Last Film (Zia Anger, 2015, 9m), Friday, July 13
    • Ghostbusters (PG) (Ivan Reitman, 1984, 107m) with Review (Dustin Guy Defa, 2015, 4m), Friday, August 10
    • The Last Dragon (PG-13) (Michael Shultz, 1985, 109m) with Hernia (Jay Giampietro, 2015, 12m), Friday, September 14

    Movie Night on Randall's Island — Randall's Island
    Offered at two locations on the island, on random nights throughout the summer, the activity-packed Randall's Island offers plenty of family-friendly titles.

    Outdoor Summer Movie Series — Roosevelt Island
    Catch a free outdoor flick on Roosevelt Island every other Friday (and one Saturday, July 21) from June 22 to August 17. Rain dates on unscheduled Friday following rainout. Movies are screened in Southpoint Park, and free admission includes contests and prizes, food vendors, a state-of-the-art sound system, pre-movie DJ music, and a 40-foot-premium screen.

    The festivities begin at 7pm and the movies start at sunset. Arrive early and bring lawn chairs and blankets.

    • Wonder Woman (PG-13), Friday, June 22 (rain date June 29)
    • A League of Their Own (PG), Friday, July 6 (rain date July 13)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (PG-13), Friday, July 20 (rain date July 27)
    • The Fifth Element (PG-13), Saturday, July 21 (rain date July 28)
    • Black Panther (PG-13), Friday, August 3 (rain date August 10)
    • A Wrinkle in Time (PG), Friday, August 17 (rain date August 24)

    Multiple Locations

    Films on the Green

    A selection of 11 classic and contemporary French films, sprinkled throughout the city over the course of the summer on Friday evenings (and one Thursday, September 6), explores the profound relationship between French culture and gastronomy, an integral part of France's social fabric. Bring a blanket and a picnic. Best for teens and adults.

    Central Park – Cedar Hill
    Le Grand Restaurant (NR), Friday, June 1

    Washington Square Park
    The Scent of Green Papaya (NR), Friday, June 8
    The Rules of the Game (NR), Friday, June 15

    Transmitter Park, 2 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
    La Buche (NR), Friday, June 22
    Garçon! (NR) , Friday, June 29

    Tompkins Square Park
    Le Boucher (NR), Friday, July 6

    J. Hood Wright Park
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (NR), Wednesday, July 11

    Tompkins Square Park
    Romantics Anonymous (NR), Friday, July 13

    Riverside Park, Pier 1
    You Will Be My Son (NR), Friday, July 20
    Haute Cuisine (NR), Friday, July 27

    Columbia University
    The Grocer's Son (NR), Thursday, September 6

    This article first published in May 2010, but is updated annually.