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Free summer movie season starts tonight in Central Park witha screening ofAnd God Created Woman, presented by the FrancophileFilms on the Greenseries. New Yorkers have a cornucopia of gratis outdoor cinema to choose from during the next three months, and to help sort it out we're putting together this compendium of all the free outdoor movie screenings in NYC this summer, from Bayside to Bryant Park.
This year's lineup is incredibly varied with something for everyone, whether you're stoked for Spongebob or fascinated by1980s "ball culture." These screenings aren't ticketed, but many of them fill up fast, so be sure to show up early to get the best spot.
Central Park Indulge your inner francophile with French filmAnd God Created Woman(Cedar Hill at 8:30 pm) or catch '80s blockbusters and a pre-movie DJ set (between Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street Cross Drive) atCentral Park's popular summer movie series. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes until opening credits at 8 p.m.
May 29:And God Created Woman August 25:Fame August 26:The Blues Brothers August 27:Airplane! August 28:Raging Bull August 29:Superman II
Washington Square Park(5th Ave & Waverly Place) Keep up withFilms on the Greenat Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Show up a little before 8:30 p.m. to snag a good spot.
June 5:Caramel June 12:Pepe Le Moko
Crochern Park(35th Avenue & Cross Island Parkway) Hang out by the water atCrochern Park in Bayside, Queensfor this new children's classic that adults can thoroughly enjoy. The screening starts at 8:30 p.m.
June 5:The Lego Movie
Riverside Park Riverside Park will start off by hostingGohaandQueen to Playas part ofFilms on the Green. Both movies begin at 8:30 p.m at Pier 1. The rest of the lineup will take place at 8 p.m. on the 72nd Street Track and Lawn.
June 11:Hyde Park on Hudson July 9:Pride and Prejudice July 10:Goha July 17:Queen to Play August 13:Fantastic Mr. Fox
Betsy Head Park Head over to Betsy Head Parkat Strauss and Durmont in Brownsville for a music performance by DJ Fulano at 7 pm followed by the newest version ofAnnieat 9 pm.
Randall's Island Park(Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge) Randall's Island Park is showing three outdoor movies this season including the pinnacle of summertime terror,Jaws.The screeningsbegin at 7:30 pm. Picnics are encouraged.
June 15:Jaws July 13:Back to the Future Part II August 17:Frozen
Tompkins Square Park(500 East 9th Street) Like all movies featured in this year's Films on the Green, both draw from the Mediterranean as inspiration. All movies are in French with English subtitles and begin at 8:30 pm.
June 19:Priceless June 26:Zarafa
Herbert Von King Park(670 Lafayette Avenue) Along with the movie, there will also be music performances by the Bullitts and DJ Spinna. Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts is also the director ofThey Die ByDawnand presents his music set as a prelude to the film so make sure to arrive at 7 p.m. to catch both.
June 21:They Die By Dawn
Bryant Park(42nd Street and 5th Avenue) In keeping with tradition, Bryant Parkis hosting an outdoor movieevery Monday evening from late June to the end of August. The lawn opens at 5 p.m. forblanket turf warspicnics, and the films begin at sunset. If you don't have someone on site to grab lawn space at the stroke of 5, you can pretty much forget it.
June 22:Ghostbusters June 29:The Killers July 6:The Poseidon Adventure July 13:I'm NoAngel July 20:Badlands July 27:Footloose August 3:Marathon Man August 10:Desk Set August 17:Chinatown August 24:Back to the Future
Prospect Park(Bandshell) Stop by the Bandshell at 7:30 p.m. to experience a night of film in one of the best parks of the city. DocumentaryParis is Burningexplores the '80s Harlem drag balls andThe Son of Sheikwill be accompanied by a live orchestra playing the score. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
July 7:The Iron Giant August 4:Back to the Future Part II
Coney Island(1001 Boardwalk West) Coney Island will be hostingFlicks on the Beachon Mondays all through July and August. A giant inflatable screen will be set up at 1001 Boardwalk West turning the beach into a walk up theater. Bring your swimsuit and made a day of it. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
July 7:Frozen July 21:Iron Man 3 July 28:The Lego Movie August 4:American Hustle August 11:Dirty Dancing August 18:Grease August 25:Gravity September 2:ET
McCarren Park(Bedford & North 12th Street) This year'sSummerScreenroster at McCarren Park hits all the classic summer highpoints, but if your favorite movie isn't on the list, cast your ballot for the audience pick. There will also be food and live music starting at 6 p.m. Film begins at dusk.
July 8:Clueless July 15:Wet Hot American Summer July 22:Dirty Dancing July 29:Dazed and Confused August 5:Jurassic Park August 12: Audience Pick (TBA)
At Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 Lawn (West 23rd Street and the Hudson River in Chelsea)
July 8:The Imitation Game July 15:Neighbors July 22:Selma July 29:St. Vincent August 5:The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 August 12:Boyhood August 19:Interstellar
At Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 (Charles Street and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village)
July 10:Spongebob:SpongeOut of Water July 17:The BoxTrolls July 24:Pee Wee's Big Adventure July 31:Annie August 7:Jumanji August 14:Paddington August 21:Hook
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum(Pier 86 West 46th Street and 12th Avenue) Watch a movie on theflight deck at the Intrepid Musuem. Each screening will be introduced by a special guest, including Jeffrey Kluger, co-author of the bookApollo 13. The event begins at sunset, but free tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early.
July 9:October Sky July 16:Moon July 23:CloseEncounters of the Third Kind July 30:Apollo 13 August 6:Wall-E
Brooklyn Bridge Park(Pier 1 334 Furman Street) Brooklyn Bridge Park is the host of this year'sMovies With A View. Music kicks off the evening at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at sunset. There will also be various concessions for sale and photo contests with prizes so you can win yourself a souvenir.
July 9:High Noon July 16:Sharknado 2: The Second One July 23:Attack the Block July 30:Clue August 6:Friday August 13:Dr. Strangelove August 20:Dazed and Confused August 27:Die Hard
St. Mary's Park(St Mary's St bet. St Ann's Av and Jackson Av) Anyone in the mood for Cuban culture should be in the Bronx on July 12th, where live music will accompanya documentary on the life of Celia Cruz. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. as a part of the City Parks Foundation's SummerStage series.
July 12:Celia: The Queen; music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
Queensbridge Park(Queensboro Bridge, 41 Rd., 40 Ave) SummerStage continueswith Pete Rock and a look into the life of hip-hop legend Nas. Get there by 7 p.m.
July 19:Time is Illmatic; music by Pete Rock
Transmitter Park(2 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn) Films on the Greenwraps up the last two weeks of July at 8:30 pm in Transmitter Park.
July 24:La Derive July 31:La Colectionneuse
Carl Schurz Park(1483 York Avenue) Carl Schurz Park will bescreening two movies this summerin the basketball court at 8:30 p.m. There will aptly be free snow cones atFrozenand popcorn at both movies while supplies last.
July 28:Frozen August 11:Adam's Rib
Rumsey Playfield(Central Park SummerStage) There's no doubt many of your favorite artists can credit their early success to Stretch and Bobbito, whose radio show helped introduce Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas, Fat Joe, the Fugees and so many more to the world. Their 25th anniversary celebration will kick off at 5 p.m., with DJ sets anda screening of their documentary.
August 16:Stretch and Bobbito; Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary Concert
This list will be updated until every last free outdoor movie on earth is obsessively compiled and sorted. And if you'd prefer to watch your free movies drink-in-hand,Canal BarandCafé Habanahave you covered. It's also worth noting thatRooftop Filmshas an amazing list this year, but only a select few screenings are free. Tickets are 15 dollars, and can be bought on theirwebsite.