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Free outdoor movie screenings for families this summer

Free movie screenings under the stars will take place in various parks and locations including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Prospect Park, McCarren Park, and more. All listings include locations, times, and information about each film. Note that all movie screenings may not be appropriate for young children; film ratings are included in each listing for parents to review.

Movies Under the Stars | Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Park, Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Crown Heights

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs. Movies begin at dusk. All events are free and open to the public. In the event of heavy rain or extreme weather, screenings may be canceled. Check the NYC Parks website for cancellations.

Cadman Park Plaza | Brooklyn Heights

  • Much Ado About Nothing | Wednesday, July 24 | 8:30–11:00pm
    Experience The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. Recorded live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park by THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication.

Brower Park | Crown Heights

  • Bob Marley: One Love (2024) | Saturday, August 17 | 5-10pm | PG-13
    Join us for a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Pop-Up event at Brower Park for a screening of the movie Bob Marley: One Love and a performance by Lila Iké.

Paramount + Movie Nights | McCarren Park, Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park & Coney Island Beach

This summer, you can catch your favorite films shown in Fort Greene Park, Prospect Park, McCarren Park and Coney Island Beach for free beginning at sunset. Get your friends, family and your picnic blankets ready–this is something you won’t want to miss! RSVPs are recommended but not required. New this year: free popcorn provided for event RSVP holders at screenings (first-come, first-served, while supplies last). Pre-movie activities begin at 6PM and the film begins at sunset. Restrooms available on-site. Movie Nights are weather permitting. Check Instagram for weather updates.

Prospect Park

  • Clueless (1995) | RESCHEDULED FOR Wednesday, July 24 | PG-13 

Fort Greene Park

  • Past Lives (2023) | Thursday, August 15 | PG-13 
  • School Daze (1988) | Thursday, August 22 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Bob Marley: One Love (2024) | Thursday, August 29 | PG-13 | Brooklyn Nets event to be announced!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) | Thursday, September 5 | PG | Fun-filled Brooklyn Nets kids activities to be announced!

Coney Island Beach

  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (2023) | Thursday, July 18 | PG-13
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) | Thursday, July 25 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Love & Basketball (2000) | Thursday, August 1 | PG-13 | Fun-filled Brooklyn Nets kids activities to be announced!
  • The Warriors (1979) | Thursday, August 8 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children

Movies with a View | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursday evenings | Lawn opens at 5pm, movies at sundown | July 18 & 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s iconic outdoor summer film series, Movies With A View presented by Pluto TV, is back for its 24th season. Guests are invited to enjoy a free movie under the stars at Brooklyn Bridge Park. There is no better place to be on a hot summer night than watching a classic film and enjoying the breeze off of the East River with the dazzling Manhattan skyline before you. Each evening, the lawn opens at 5pm on a first come, first serve basis, and the movie begins at sunset. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets, or purchase one on site, and kindly reminded that chairs and dogs are not permitted on the lawn, and glass bottles and outside alcohol are never allowed in the Park. Guests may bring their own food, or enjoy concessions on site with a curated selection of independent food trucks and vendors, offering a variety of local and international options. Rotating each week, vendors include Green Street, Kinky Taco, Nuchas, Makina Cafe, DF Nigeria, Memphis Seoul, Jamrock Jerk, Common Meadows Creamery, yankee doodle dandy’s, Culiraw, and 1-800popcorn. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at our Bar by Fornino to those 21+ to be enjoyed on-site.

  • Pulp Fiction (1994) | Thursday, July 18 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
    The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption in this cult favorite.
  • Mean Girls (2004) | Thursday, July 25 | PG-13
    This teen comedy-drama favorite follows Cady Heron (Lohan), a naïve teenager who transfers to an American high school after years of homeschooling in Africa. Heron quickly befriends two outcasts, with the trio forming a plan to exact revenge on Regina George (McAdams), the leader of an envied clique known as the Plastics.
  • Creed (2015) | Thursday, August 1 | PG-13
    The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
  • But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) | Thursday, August 8 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
    A naive teenager is sent to a reparative therapy camp when her parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. There she falls in love with another girl.
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) | Thursday, August 15 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
    An adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Makeup. The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
  • The American President (1995) | Thursday, August 22 | PG-13
    A widowed U.S. President running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist fall in love. It’s all above-board, but “politics is perception,” and sparks fly anyway.
  • Public Choice! | Thursday, August 29 
    The public is invited to vote for their favorite movie, from three iconic titles: Spy Kids (PG, 2001, 88 minutes), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG, 2023, 99 minutes), or School of Rock (PG-13, 2003, 108 minutes). Voting will open in early August online at brooklynbridgepark.org, and the winning title announced at the August 22 movie!

Purple Rain 40th Anniversary Celebration | Pier 3 Plaza | Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27 | 6:30-10:30pm

2024 marks the 40th anniversary of Prince’s legendary album and movie Purple Rain. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will mark this momentous anniversary with a special film screening and dance party tribute. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of art, culture, and community in the heart of Brooklyn’s waterfront. Check back for details & registration.

Summer Movie Series @ 4th Street Plaza | Park Slope

Thursday evenings | Live music pre-shows at 7pm, movies at 8:30pm | July 18 & 25, August 8 

FREE Summer movies under the stars! Join us on 4th Street Plaza, Between 4th and 5th Avenue. Dress for the weather: bring bug spray, a beach chair, snacks, and friends! Brought to you by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Old Stone House.

  • Yesterday (2019) | Thursday, July 18 | 7pm Victor V Gurbo live music pre-show | 8:30pm movie
    Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.
  • West Side Story (2021) | Thursday, July 25 | 7pm Tambor y Cana live music pre-show | 8:30pm movie
    Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks — two rival gangs vying for control of the streets.
  • Double Feature! Two comedic films by local Park Slope filmmaker Sue Zarco Kramer: Swipe NYC (2024; 20 minutes) and Gray Matters (2007; 1 hr 35 min) | Thursday, August 8 | 8:30pm
    Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks — two rival gangs vying for control of the streets.

FAB Flicks | Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

  • Notorious (2009) | August 15, 2024 | 7:45–10:00pm | Jitu Weusi Plaza | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
    The remarkable life and death story of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace – who, in just a few short years, rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time.
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009) | September 5, 2024 | 7:159:30pm | Jitu Weusi Plaza | PG-13
    From director Guy Ritchie comes a fresh take on the classic master detective Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams. Renowned “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.–Iron Man) has a reputation for solving the most complex mysteries. With the aid of his trusted ally Dr. John Watson (Law–The Aviator), Holmes is unequaled in his pursuit of criminals, relying on his singular powers of observation, his remarkable deductive skills — and the blunt force of his fists. But now a threat unlike anything Holmes has ever confronted threatens London … and it’s just the challenge he’s looking for.​

Rooftop Films | Fort Greene Park, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Green-Wood Cemetery, Downtown Brooklyn, Crown Heights

Rooftop Films travels around the city presenting films on rooftops, parks, and other scenic spots. Mark your calendar for one of these screenings in Brooklyn this summer! All films are FREE with RSVP!

Brooklyn Army Terminal | Sunset Park

  • Daughters | Thursday, August 8 | 6:30pm seating opens, 8pm film begins, 10pm Q&A with filmmakers 

Brooklyn Commons Park | Downtown Brooklyn

  • Photophobia | Tuesday, July 30 | 7:30pm seating opens, 8:45pm film begins
  • Dark Toons | Wednesday, August 7 | 7:30pm seating opens, 8:30pm films begin, 10pm Q&A with filmmaker 
  • Three Promises | Wednesday, August 14 | 7:30pm seating opens, 8:30pm films begin, 10pm Q&A with filmmaker 
  • Love is Strange: Romance Shorts | Wednesday, August 21 | 7:30pm

Brower Park | Crown Heights

SummerStarz at Transmitter Park | Greenpoint

Fridays evenings | 8pm | July 19 & 26, August 2 | Reserve free tickets here

SummerStarz is a series of 4 free, wonderful free movies at Transmitter Park presented by Town Square BK and Echoes of Incarceration, local nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn. Grab a picnic blanket and friends. With the gorgeous Brooklyn waterfront and NYC skyline, it’ll also be a fantastic date night!

  • Wonka | July 19 | 8pm | PG 
  • Barbie | July 26 | 8pm | PG -13
  • Purple Rain | August 2 | 8pm | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children

Movies on the Lawn | Fort Greene Park

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, because you’re always invited to Movie Night at Fort Greene Park. Throughout the summer, we welcome hundreds of visitors to attend our screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films—as well as Brooklyn Magazine and Showtime. We’re often the site for premiere screenings from film studios including, A24, Disney, Apple TV+ and more—and we hold special events with filmmakers, such as our 2022 screening of Crooklyn with Spike Lee. Our Language Access Series, Spanish and Chinese language films for Fort Greene’s Spanish and Taishanese-speaking residents to enjoy.

  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006) | Thursday, July 18 | 7-11pm | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
    Arkin stars in this star-studded instant indie classic about the Hoovers, a mismatched family who pile into their VW Bus to embark on a highly eventful cross-country trip, determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant. RSVP link coming.
  • The Night Visitors (2023) | Wednesday, July 24 | 7-11pm
    The Night Visitors is an experimental documentary that closely examines moths as organisms, as aesthetic beings, and as carriers of meaning. RSVP here!
  • Empire Records (2023) | Wednesday, August 7 | 7-11pm
    Empire Records is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager.

Habana Outpost Movie Nights | Fort Greene

Sundays at 8pm | Through October 27

This Cuban-Mexican neighborhood restaurant hosts outdoor movie nights during the warmer months:

  • West Side Story | July 21 | PG-13
  • Jurassic Park | July 28 | PG-13
  • Mars Attacks | August 4 | PG-13
  • Poetic Justice | August 11 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Wizard of Oz | August 18 | G
  • Do The Right Thing | August 25 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Cool Runnings | September 1 | PG
  • The Jungle Book | September 8 | PG
  • Purple Rain | September 15 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • School Daze | September 22 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • The 5th Element | September 29 | PG-13
  • Game of Death | October 6 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Billy Elliot | October 13 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Good Fellas | October 20 | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for children
  • Ghostbusters | October 27 | PG

Movies in the Park at Valentino Pier Park | Red Hook

Wednesday evenings | Through August 14

Join us at dusk for six magical Wednesday evenings under the stars this at Valentino Pier Park! Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and loved ones for an unforgettable summer experience. All movies begin at dusk and are free to attend.

  • Princess Bride | July 24 | PG 
  • Sandlot | July 31 | PG
  • Big | August 7 | PG
  • Summer of Soul | August 14 | PG-13

Updated: July 18, 2024. Main Image: Movies with a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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