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New York's best outdoor movie screenings this summer

Where to see movies in the great outdoors in New York City

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Summer is finally here and one of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during the warm weather is to catch an outdoor movie in New York City. As noted in our list of 101 things to love about NYC, you won’t find a better backdrop to watch a movie than the city’s stunning skyline.

Whether you’re looking for classic films or want to catch some newer flicks, there are plenty of options to choose from, happening just about every day of the week during the season (and in the five boroughs).

Here, we've curated a selection of the best screenings, and will keep adding new ones as they come up—if we've missed your favorite, let us know in the comments.

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1. Rooftop Films at Liberty Park

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155 Cedar St
New York, NY 10006

As part of Rooftop Film’s Summer Series, there will be several screenings at Liberty Park—including live music and Q&As—on June 27, July 26, and August 20 at 7:15 p.m. All screenings are free, but make sure you RSVP.

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2. The Rooftop at Pier 17

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89 South St
New York, NY 10038

Every Monday until September 9, Seaport Cinema at Pier 17’s rooftop will screen free outdoor movies with themed snacks and cocktails, as well as a full menu of sliders, tacos, and popcorn. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Visit their website for more information.

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3. MOCA Cinema at Columbus Park

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Mulberry Street &, Baxter St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 639-9675
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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will host four June movie screenings at Columbus Park. Beginning on Friday, June 7, the series will kick off with Kung Fu Panda and will end with Crazy Rich Asians on June 28.

 

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4. Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays

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West Side Highway
New York, NY

On Friday nights starting July 12, Hudson RiverFlicks will bring family-friendly movies to the waterfront, screening kids’s favorite animated movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Incredibles 2.

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5. Hudson RiverFlicks, Iconic NYC Movies

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205 12th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Beginning July 10, Hudson River Park will host Hudson RiverFlicks with iconic NYC movie screenings on Wednesdays at Pier 63. And for the first time, the Park will partner with Shaolin Jazz to bring hip-hop, soul, and funk to a screening of The Warriors on July 10 and The Last Dragon on August 14.

6. Bryant Park Movie Nights

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E 42nd St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242
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Bryant Park’s annual Movie Nights film series will return on June 10 with a screening of Big. From there, movies will screen every Monday night through August 12, showcasing from selections curated by Vulture. Bring a blanket, some food, and friends—but be sure to arrive early, since folks start staking out spots well before screenings begin.

7. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Pier 86
New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-0072
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The popular Intrepid Summer Movie Series will make its return on May 24 with screenings of Dunkirk, Top Gun, and First Man, and more through August 16. Find the full movie schedule here.

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8. Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show

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W 70th st
New York, NY

Beginning July 10, Summer on the Hudson’s Pier I Picture Show film series will screen O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Little Miss Sunshine, and other fan favorites. Screenings take place every Wednesday, with seating beginning at 7 p.m. and films starting at 8:30 p.m.

9. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

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This year’s Central Park Conservancy film festival, happening on August 13, August 14, and August 15, will feature Back to the Future, Moonstruck, and Black Panther. The festival takes place in the park’s landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street cross drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. but movies start at dusk.

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10. Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market

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610 Exterior St
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 513-7725
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Returning for its seventh year, Bronx Terminal Market's family-friendly rooftop film series will showcase movies once a month, starting with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on June 11, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 9, and Incredibles 2 on August 13.

11. Socrates Sculpture Park

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3205 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11106

The outdoor film series that takes place at Socrates Sculpture Park will return on July 3 and run through August 21. The series will feature foreign-language (subtitled) independent films including Cielo, La Ciénaga, and En El Séptimo Día.

12. Movies with a View

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334 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s eight-week outdoor series returns on July 11, this time for its 20th anniversary series, screening movies like Crooklyn, Girlfight, and Selma. Movies are screened every Thursday beginning at 6 p.m and will run until August 29. And as an added plus, this year Smhere will also be burgers, crab cakes, frites, and beer and wine from Smorgasburg.

13. Rooftop Films at Fort Greene Park

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100 Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(212) 639-9675
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Fort Greene Park will screen films as part of the popular Rooftop Films Summer Series, which include live music and Q&As, on July 11 and July 25. Screenings are free, but make sure you RSVP.

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14. Parklife

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636 Degraw St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Starting in June, this Park Slope bar will show movies every Wednesday night in its expansive backyard. The series kicks off with Office Space on June 5, and will include screenings of When Harry Met Sally (July 10), The Princess Bride (August 21), and Beetlejuice (September 4), among other classic flicks. Each event will kick off with John Trivialta: Movie Trivia before the movie begins.

15. Movies Under the Stars at Prospect Park

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Starting on Wednesday, July 17, Prospect Park Alliance will be screening movies at the park’s Long Meadow North. This year, the series celebrates women’s voices in film with three films: Brave, co-written and co-directed by Brenda Chapman; Love and Basketball written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; and Babe: Pig in the City, co-written by Judy Morris. RSVP for the series here.

16. Governors Island

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Governors Island
New York, NY 11231

Governors Island’s collaboration with the Film at Lincoln Center returns for another summer, bringing three screenings for each month of summer. Those will be Men in Black on June 14; After Hours on July 12; and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on August 9. Each screening will kick off with a short film.

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17. Movies Under The Stars at FDR Boardwalk

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Slater Ave. &, Father Capodanno Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
(212) 639-9675
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At Staten Island’s Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field (at FDR Boardwalk), there will be two summer movie screenings, including The Avengers on June 29, and Ghostbusters (1984) on July 3; both starting at 8:30 p.m.

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1. Rooftop Films at Liberty Park

155 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006
Liberty Park Rob Williamson for AECOM

As part of Rooftop Film’s Summer Series, there will be several screenings at Liberty Park—including live music and Q&As—on June 27, July 26, and August 20 at 7:15 p.m. All screenings are free, but make sure you RSVP.

155 Cedar St
New York, NY 10006

2. The Rooftop at Pier 17

89 South St, New York, NY 10038
Courtesy of Seaport Cinema

Every Monday until September 9, Seaport Cinema at Pier 17’s rooftop will screen free outdoor movies with themed snacks and cocktails, as well as a full menu of sliders, tacos, and popcorn. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Visit their website for more information.

89 South St
New York, NY 10038

3. MOCA Cinema at Columbus Park

Mulberry Street &, Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will host four June movie screenings at Columbus Park. Beginning on Friday, June 7, the series will kick off with Kung Fu Panda and will end with Crazy Rich Asians on June 28.

 

Mulberry Street &, Baxter St
New York, NY 10013

4. Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays

West Side Highway, New York, NY

On Friday nights starting July 12, Hudson RiverFlicks will bring family-friendly movies to the waterfront, screening kids’s favorite animated movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Incredibles 2.

West Side Highway
New York, NY

5. Hudson RiverFlicks, Iconic NYC Movies

205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Beginning July 10, Hudson River Park will host Hudson RiverFlicks with iconic NYC movie screenings on Wednesdays at Pier 63. And for the first time, the Park will partner with Shaolin Jazz to bring hip-hop, soul, and funk to a screening of The Warriors on July 10 and The Last Dragon on August 14.

205 12th Ave
New York, NY 10001

6. Bryant Park Movie Nights

E 42nd St, New York, NY 10018

Bryant Park’s annual Movie Nights film series will return on June 10 with a screening of Big. From there, movies will screen every Monday night through August 12, showcasing from selections curated by Vulture. Bring a blanket, some food, and friends—but be sure to arrive early, since folks start staking out spots well before screenings begin.

E 42nd St
New York, NY 10018

7. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, New York, NY 10036
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The popular Intrepid Summer Movie Series will make its return on May 24 with screenings of Dunkirk, Top Gun, and First Man, and more through August 16. Find the full movie schedule here.

Pier 86
New York, NY 10036

8. Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show

W 70th st, New York, NY

Beginning July 10, Summer on the Hudson’s Pier I Picture Show film series will screen O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Little Miss Sunshine, and other fan favorites. Screenings take place every Wednesday, with seating beginning at 7 p.m. and films starting at 8:30 p.m.

W 70th st
New York, NY

9. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

New York, NY
Central Park Conservancy

This year’s Central Park Conservancy film festival, happening on August 13, August 14, and August 15, will feature Back to the Future, Moonstruck, and Black Panther. The festival takes place in the park’s landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street cross drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. but movies start at dusk.

10. Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market

610 Exterior St, Bronx, NY 10451

Returning for its seventh year, Bronx Terminal Market's family-friendly rooftop film series will showcase movies once a month, starting with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on June 11, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World on July 9, and Incredibles 2 on August 13.

610 Exterior St
Bronx, NY 10451

11. Socrates Sculpture Park

3205 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106

The outdoor film series that takes place at Socrates Sculpture Park will return on July 3 and run through August 21. The series will feature foreign-language (subtitled) independent films including Cielo, La Ciénaga, and En El Séptimo Día.

3205 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11106

12. Movies with a View

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s eight-week outdoor series returns on July 11, this time for its 20th anniversary series, screening movies like Crooklyn, Girlfight, and Selma. Movies are screened every Thursday beginning at 6 p.m and will run until August 29. And as an added plus, this year Smhere will also be burgers, crab cakes, frites, and beer and wine from Smorgasburg.

334 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

13. Rooftop Films at Fort Greene Park

100 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205
fort greene park

Fort Greene Park will screen films as part of the popular Rooftop Films Summer Series, which include live music and Q&As, on July 11 and July 25. Screenings are free, but make sure you RSVP.

100 Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY 11205

14. Parklife

636 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Starting in June, this Park Slope bar will show movies every Wednesday night in its expansive backyard. The series kicks off with Office Space on June 5, and will include screenings of When Harry Met Sally (July 10), The Princess Bride (August 21), and Beetlejuice (September 4), among other classic flicks. Each event will kick off with John Trivialta: Movie Trivia before the movie begins.

636 Degraw St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

15. Movies Under the Stars at Prospect Park

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Starting on Wednesday, July 17, Prospect Park Alliance will be screening movies at the park’s Long Meadow North. This year, the series celebrates women’s voices in film with three films: Brave, co-written and co-directed by Brenda Chapman; Love and Basketball written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; and Babe: Pig in the City, co-written by Judy Morris. RSVP for the series here.

16. Governors Island

Governors Island, New York, NY 11231
Iwan Baan/Courtesy West8

Governors Island’s collaboration with the Film at Lincoln Center returns for another summer, bringing three screenings for each month of summer. Those will be Men in Black on June 14; After Hours on July 12; and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on August 9. Each screening will kick off with a short film.

Governors Island
New York, NY 11231

17. Movies Under The Stars at FDR Boardwalk

Slater Ave. &, Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
FDR Beach and Boardwalk Staten Island

At Staten Island’s Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field (at FDR Boardwalk), there will be two summer movie screenings, including The Avengers on June 29, and Ghostbusters (1984) on July 3; both starting at 8:30 p.m.

Slater Ave. &, Father Capodanno Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305