The Ultimate Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in NYC For 2019

Jun 03, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in NYC for 2019 | NYC Movie Guide
By Rich Weidman


  • Bryant Park Movie Nights | Between 40th & 42nds Streets and Fifth & Sixth Avenues, New York, NY 10018 | (212) 768-4242

  • CinemaLIC in the Park | Hunters Point Park, 51st & Borden Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 | (212) 639-9675

  • The 50th Mixtape | 70 Lincoln Center Plaza #4, New York, NY 10023 | (212) 768-4242

  • Films on the Green | Various NYC Locales | (212) 439-1425

  • Hudson Riverflicks NYC Films & Family Fridays | Pier 46 & 63, Hudson River Park, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10011 | (212) 627-2020

  • Intrepid Summer Movie Series | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 | (212) 245-0072

  • MOCA Cinema at Columbus Park | Columbus Park, Mulberry Street & Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013 | (855) 955-MOCA

  • Movies Under the Stars | Various NYC Locales | (212) 408-0243

  • Movies with a View | Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 222-9939

  • Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park | Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106 | (718) 956-1819

  • Outdoor Movie Nights at Randall’s Island Park | 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035 | (212) 830-7722

  • Rooftop Films Summer Series | Various NYC Locales | (718) 417-7362

  • Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park | Riverside Park, West 70th Street, Manhattan



The Ultimate Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in NYC for 2019

“Cinema is a mirror that can change the world.” – Diego Luna

Look for the best free outdoor movies NYC has to offer for 2019? You're not alone! Summer in New York City brings to mind a variety of lively happenings, including concerts, street fairs, eclectic festivals such as the NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard and, of course, a plethora of free outdoor movie showings! NYC film fanatics and more casual moviegoers will have a field day at the amazing variety of cinematic offerings – ranging from Hollywood classics, action-adventure flicks and current blockbusters to award-winning foreign films, cult movies and more obscure indie-arthouse treasures. So, why lie on the couch watching Netflix when you can get outside under the stars and enjoy the best free outdoor movie screenings with the spectacular New York City skyline as your backdrop! Here is the ultimate guide to free outdoor movies in NYC for 2019:


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Bryant Park Movie Nights

Billed as “New York’s Longest-Running Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series,” Bryant Park Movie Nights began in 1992 and boasts a new 40-foot, high-definition LED screen for the 2019 season. Long associated with HBO, Bryant Park Movie Nights has a new sponsor in 2019 in Netflix. So, grab a blanket, head to Bryant Park and check out the 2019 lineup of free outdoor movies – ranging from classic horror movies like Carrie to blockbuster comedies such as Big and Coming to America to legendary gangster flicks like Goodfellas. It’s the perfect way to beat the Monday blues this summer! Food items are available for purchase on the Fountain Terrace, and a beer and wine vendor can be found at the eastern end of the lawn. Sorry, no chairs, tables, plastic ground coverings or dogs are allowed on the lawn. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan and adjacent to the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is the perfect spot for free summer outdoor movie nights in NYC. Known as “Manhattan’s Town Square,” Bryant Park attracts more than 12 million visitors annually.

WHERE: Between 40th & 42nds Streets and Fifth & Sixth Avenues, New York, NY 10018 | WHO: (212) 768-4242

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  • June 10, 2019: Big (1988)

  • June 17, 2019: Big Daddy (1999)

  • June 24, 2019: Audience Choice

  • July 1, 2019: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

  • July 8, 2019: Carrie (1976)

  • July 15, 2019: Bad Boys (1995)

  • July 22, 2019: Coming to America (1988)

  • July 29, 2019: Goodfellas (1990)

  • August 5, 2019: Anchorman (2004)

  • August 12, 2019: Audience Choice



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CinemaLIC in the Park

A scenic waterfront park in Queens, Hunters Point Park hosts the Cinema LIC summer movie series, which is sponsored by Nest Seekers International and the NYC Ferry. These free movies at this NYC venue begin promptly at sundown and are shown on a 24-foot-tall inflatable screen. Bring your own picnic feast or enjoy the convenience of purchasing food and beverages at Coffeed’s snack stand.

WHERE: Hunters Point Park, 51st & Borden Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 | WHO: (212) 639-9675

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  • July 18, 2019: Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • August 15, 2019: Jaws (1975)

  • September 7, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)


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The 50th Mixtape, Lincoln Center

The eclectic selection of free double-feature outdoor screenings that make up the 50th Mixtape this summer serves as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the storied Film at Lincoln Center (formerly known as the Film Society of Lincoln Center). Held on Thursday nights starting in late June, the 50th Mixtape features a great combination of “all-time and recent favorites” that “zigzags across recent film history.” Founded in 1969, Film at Lincoln Center celebrates American and international film with its variety of programs and annual events, including the legendary New York Film Festival, as well as noteworthy cinematic publications such as Film Comment. Dig in and enjoy this favorite free movie binge that so many New York City locals have come to love!

WHERE: 70 Lincoln Center Plaza #4, New York, NY 10023 | WHO: (212) 768-4242

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  • June 27, 2019: Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), 6 PM; The Portrait of a Lady (1996), 9 PM

  • July 11, 2019: Two English Girls (1971), 6 PM; Mulholland Drive (2001), 8:45 PM

  • July 18, 2019: Come Drink with Me (1966), 6 PM; The Assassin (2015, 8 PM

  • July 25, 2019: The Leopard (1963), 6 PM; Happy as Lazzaro (2018), 9:30 PM

  • August 1, 2019: Stalker (1979), 6 PM; High Life (2018), 9:15 PM

  • August 8, 2019: School Daze (1988), 6 PM; Sorry to Bother You (2018), 8:30 PM

  • August 15, 2019: Nocturama (2016), 6pm; Burning (2018), 8:45 PM

  • August 22, 2019: Demonlover (2002), 6pm; Elle (2016), 8:45 PM

  • August 29, 2019: Velvet Goldmine (1998), 6pm; Her Smell (2018), 8:30 PM

  • September 5, 2019: Three Times (2005), 6pm; Moonlight (2016), 8:30 PM


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Films on the Green

A free outdoor French film festival, Films on the Green celebrates its 12th anniversary during the summer of 2019. Produced annually by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks, Films on the Green takes place in several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn such as Washington Square Park, Transmitter Park, Tompkins Square Park and Riverside Park, among others. The 2019 Films on the Green, titled “Women Behind the Camera,” highlights female directors in French and Francophone cinema in honor of pioneer filmmaker Agnes Varda (1928-2019). Be sure to get to Films on the Green early so you can enjoy music by DJs from WNYU and WHCU prior to these free Manhattan film screenings. Note: All films are presented with English subtitles.

WHERE: Various NYC Locales | WHO: (212) 439-1425

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  • June 7, 2019: Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Washington Square Park, Manhattan

  • June 10, 2019: Miniscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (2013), McGolrick Park, Brooklyn

  • June 14, 2019: In Safe Hands (2018), Washington Square Park, Manhattan

  • June 21, 2019: Peppermint Soda (1977), Transmitter Park, Brooklyn

  • June 28, 2019: Mustang (2015), Transmitter Park, Brooklyn

  • July 5, 2019: Tomboy (2011), Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

  • July 10, 2019: The Amazing Catfish (2013), J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan

  • July 12, 2019: Aya of Yop City (2010), Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

  • July 19, 2019: Sequins (2004), Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan

  • July 26, 2019: Chocolat (1988), Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan

  • September 3, 2019: Olivia (1951), Columbia University, Manhattan


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Hudson Riverflicks NYC Films & Family Fridays

The free outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park known as Hudson Riverflicks features a 2019 lineup of NYC Films such as The Warriors and The Last Dragon on Wednesday nights at Pier 63, along with Family Fridays, which boasts such offerings as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Incredibles 2 at Pier 46 that the entire family can enjoy. The longest riverfront park in the United States, Hudson River Park first opened in 1998, runs for 4.5 miles along Manhattan’s West side and attracts approximately 17 million visitors each year.

WHERE: Pier 46 & 63, Hudson River Park, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10011 | WHO: (212) 627-2020

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  • July 10, 2019: The Warriors (1979)

  • July 12, 2019: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

  • July 17, 2019: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

  • July 19, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

  • July 24, 2019: Moonstruck (1987)

  • July 26, 2019: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2018)

  • July 31, 2019: Do the Right Thing (1989)

  • August 2, 2019: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

  • August 7, 2019: Tootsie (1982)

  • August 9, 2019: Incredibles 2 (2018)

  • August 14, 2019: The Last Dragon (1985)

  • August 16, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

  • August 21, 2019: Big (1988)

  • August 23, 2019: Trolls (2016)


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Intrepid Summer Movie Series

Inarguably the most unique venue to host NYC outdoor movie screenings, the Intrepid Summer Movie Series allows you to watch a film on the flight deck of the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid! The flight deck opens at 5 PM on movie night and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Alcohol is not permitted on the premises. A National Historic Landmark, the USS Intrepid is docked at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which features interactive exhibits and original artifacts surrounding the ship, which first launched in 1943, and survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike.

WHERE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 | WHO: (212) 245-0072

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  • June 21, 2019: Apollo 11 (documentary, 2019)

  • July 19, 2019: First Man (2018)

  • August 16, 2019: Community Choice


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MOCA Cinema at Columbus Park

Bustling Columbus Park in Chinatown is the setting for four free outdoor film screenings in June 2019 hosted by MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) and NYC Parks. Founded in 1980, MOCA “is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.” One of New York City’s first major urban parks, Columbus Park was named after Christopher Columbus and was previously known as Mulberry Bend Park, Five Points Park and Paradise Park.

WHERE: Columbus Park, Mulberry Street & Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013 | WHO: (855) 955-MOCA

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  • June 7, 2019: Kung Fu Panda

  • June 14, 2019: The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West (2016)

  • June 21, 2019: The Joy Luck Club (1993)

  • June 28, 2019: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)


Movies Under The Stars | The Ultimate Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in NYC for 2019

Movies Under the Stars

If you need to catch up on the latest award-winning movies and blockbusters, Movies Under the Stars is the place to be in NYC this summer! Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks, Movies Under the Stars takes place in a variety of Manhattan locales throughout the month of June 2019.

WHERE: Various NYC Locales | WHO: (212) 408-0243

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  • June 4, 2019: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), Samuel N. Bennerson Playground, Manhattan

  • June 6, 2019: Green Book (2018), Carmansville Playground, Manhattan

  • June 6, 2019: A Star Is Born (2018), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan

  • June 8, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Wagner Playground, Manhattan

  • June 11, 2019: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Frederick Johnson Playground, Manhattan

  • June 12, 2019: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Poor Richard’s Playground, Manhattan

  • June 13, 2019: Drumline (2002), Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

  • June 13, 2019: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! (1995), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan

  • June 15, 2019: A Dog’s Way Home (2019), Playground 89, Manhattan

  • June 15, 2019: The Little Mermaid (2018), White Playground, Manhattan

  • June 19, 2019: Aquaman (2018), Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan

  • June 20, 2019: BlacKkKlansman (2018), Wright Brothers Playground, Manhattan

  • June 20, 2019: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan

  • June 22, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground, Manhattan

  • June 27, 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan

  • June 29, 2019: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Martin Luther King Jr. Playground, Manhattan


Movies With A View Under The Brooklyn Bridge | The Ultimate Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in NYC for 2019

Movies with a View, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

During its 20-year stint as a free outdoor movie venue in NYC, Movies with a View has entertained more than 500,000 moviegoers. Billed as “one of New York City’s favorite film series,” Movies with a View takes place every Thursday night in July and August at Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn. The theme of Movies with a View for the summer of 2019 is “Better the Second Time Around” – highlighting some of the most popular movies in the history of this immensely popular film series. Attendees of Movies with a View can enjoy burgers, pizza, ice cream, beer, wine and more from Smorgasburg at the Pier 1 promenade.

WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | WHO: (718) 222-9939

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  • July 11, 2019: Pariah (2011)

  • July 18, 2019: Girlfight (2000)

  • July 25, 2019: It Happened One Night (1934)

  • August 1, 2019: Crooklyn (1994)

  • August 8, 2019: The Big Lebowski (1998)

  • August 15, 2019: An American Tail (1986)

  • August 22, 2019: Selma (2014)

  • August 29, 2019: Audience Choice


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Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park

Held on Wednesday in July and August, the Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park is an acclaimed international film festival presented in partnership with Film Forum and in collaboration with Rooftop Films that also features music and dance performances before the screening, as well as delicious cuisine from each movie’s country of origin. Note: All films are presented with English subtitles. The largest outdoor art museum in New York City, the award-winning Socrates Sculpture Park lies just one block from the acclaimed Noguchi Museum.

WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106 | WHO: (718) 956-1819

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  • July 3, 2019: Cielo (2017)

  • July 10, 2019: Purple Noon (1960)

  • July 17, 2019: Anbessa (2019)

  • July 24, 2019: The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

  • July 31, 2019: En El Séptimo Día (2017)

  • August 7, 2019: Dark Toons (2019)

  • August 14, 2019: La Ciénaga (2001)

  • August 21, 2019: March of the Penguins (2005)


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Outdoor Movie Nights at Randall’s Island Park

Randall’s Island Park (aka “Festival Island”) features free outdoor movies on select nights from June through early September. Known as “New York’s premier destination for sports and recreation,” Randall’s Island Park boasts more than 60 athletic fields, Icahn Stadium (world-class track & field facility), Sportime Tennis Center with 20 state-of-the-art tennis courts, Randall’s Island Golf Center (driving range and two miniature golf courses) and more. The Park attracts more than 3 million visitors annually.

WHERE: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035 | WHO: (212) 830-7722

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  • June 8, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Field 81

  • June 15, 2019: Black Panther (2018), Field 81

  • July 14, 2019: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Field 42

  • July 28, 2019: Tangled (2010), Field 81

  • August 11, 2019: Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Field 42

  • August 18, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), Field 81

  • September 8, 2019: Creed II (2018), Field 42


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Rooftop Films Summer Series

Billed as “New York’s largest outdoor film celebration,” the upcoming 23rd-annual Summer Series from Rooftop Films offers a great lineup of movies, several of which listed below are free with an RSVP. Each of the film screenings highlighted in the Rooftop Film Summer Series also features “live music, immersive performances, filmmaker Q&As and huge after-parties.”

WHERE: Various NYC Locales | WHO: (718) 417-7362

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  • June 13, 2019: Well Groomed (2019), Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

  • June 28, 2019: The Sound of Silence (2019), New Design High School, Manhattan

  • July 17, 2019: Anbessa (2019), Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens


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Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show, Riverside Park

Scenic Riverside Park hosts the annual Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show, which in 2019 will feature a variety of classic comedies, ranging from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Movies take place every Wednesday in July 11 to August 21, 2019.

WHERE: Riverside Park, West 70th Street, Manhattan | WHO: N/A

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  • July 10, 2019: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

  • July 17, 2019: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

  • July 24, 2019: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  • July 31, 2019: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

  • August 7, 2019: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

  • August 14, 2019: Life of Pi (2012)

  • August 21, 2019: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)



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