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Free Summer Movies in New York City

Central Park Film Festival, New York City Free Outdoor Movies

Enjoy free outdoor movies in New York City each summer! From classics, family movies, comedies, horror flicks, and sing-a-longs, there's something for everyone! The following is a list of free summer movies for 2014. Check back soon for our 2015 Free Summer Movies Schedule!

2014 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (2015 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival will be June 22-August 24, 2015 -- details coming soon)
Monday evenings from June 16 - August 18 in Bryant Park, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. The gravel area surrounding the Lawn opens at 4pm. The Lawn opens at 5pm.
Film Festival Hotline: 212-512-5700
No chairs, tables, dogs, plastic sheets, tarps, bags, or pads are permitted on the lawn.
Free bike parking available in the park at the Pétanque Courts (6th Avenue and 41st Street).

16 - Saturday Night Fever
23 - The Mark Of Zorro
30 - A Soldier’s Story
7 - Blazing Saddles
14 - Suddenly Last Summer
21 - National Lampoon’s Vacation
28 - Key Largo
4 - The Karate Kid
11 -  Lover Come Back
18 - The Shining

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Central Park Film Festival 2014 (2015 Central Park Film Festival will be August 24-28, 2015 -- details coming soon)

August 18-22, 2014, nightly at 8pm, rain or shine. Gates open to the public at 6:30pm. 
2014 marks the 12th annual Central Park Film Festival. This year, the theme is "Scenes from our City" and focuses on films in which New York plays a prominent role. The event is FREE and films will be shown rain or shine.
Enter the park at East 72nd St. The festival will be held just north of the Sheep Meadow, beside the cafe (mid-Park at 69th Street)
All films are close captioned. Don't forget to bring a picnic!
Please note that glass bottles, video cameras, tape recorders or flash cameras are not allowed and all bags may be searched.

Monday, August 18: Big
August 19: The Royal Tenenbaums
August 20: The Way We Were
August 21: Coming to America
August 22: Rear Window

More details about the Central Park Film Festival

Summerscreen Film Festival McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY2014 SummerScreen at McCarren Park, Williamsburg Brooklyn (2015 details coming soon)
Wednesday evenings from July 9 through August 13 at McCarren Park Ballfields (the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 12th streets, right next to the tennis courts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn). We'd recommend getting there early; doors to the park open at 6pm, bands go on at 6:30pm, and films start at sundown. No dogs allowed.
July 9 - Back to the Future
July 16 - Zoolander
July 23 - Cry Baby
July 30 - Heathers
August 6 - The Big Lebowski
August 13
- Audience Pick!

Take the G train to Nassau or the L train to Bedford.

More details about Summerscreen

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Hudson River Park's RiverFlicks, New York City 2014 Hudson River Park's Family Fridays Riverflicks (2015 details coming soon)
Fridays from July 11 - August 22 at Pier 46 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, at Charles Street and the Hudson River. Enjoy new and classic films for the whole family to enjoy!

There’s something for everyone in the family on Friday nights in Hudson River Park… and one special Wednesday night too!

July 11
- Despicable Me 2 PG                  
July 18 - Ghostbusters PG                  
July 25 - Ghostbusters II PG                  
August 1 - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 PG                  
August 8 - Groundhog Day PG                  
August 15 - Smurfs 2 PG                  
August 22  - The Wizard of Oz PG

2014 Hudson River Park's Riverflicks Big Hit Wednesdays (2015 details coming soon)
Heroes and hustlers come together on the waterfront this summer in Hudson River Park! See the Stars, under the stars - watch all of your favorite blockbusters from last year on the big screen, again! This time around, they’re all FREE. Hudson River Park’s RiverFlicks has all of last year’s favorite big screen hits!
Wednesdays from July 9 - August 20 on the Pier 63 lawn in Chelsea (enter at West 22nd or West 24th). 
July 9 - Iron Man 3 PG-13
July 16 - American Hustle R
July 23 - This is The End R
July 30 - The Lego Movie PG
August 6 - Lone Survivor R
August 13 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG13
August 20 - Captain Phillips PG13

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies With a View, Free movies in New York City2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park's Movies With a View (2015 Schedule will be July 7-September 1, 2015 --
details coming soon)
Every Thursday from July 10 - August 28, 2014; DJs at 6pm, movies at Sundown
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in cooperation with Brooklyn Bridge Park, announced the lineup for the fifteenth year of its signature movie series. This year’s theme is animals.
The movies take place Thursday evenings in July and August on the Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Last year, more than 35,000 viewers enjoyed the outdoor movie nights with the river view of lower Manhattan as the backdrop. Syfy has been a presenting sponsor of Syfy Movies With A View since 2008.

Park concessionaires: Ample Hills Ice Cream, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Subs, Lizzmonade Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar will be offering food and drink for purchase.
Note: The park gets crowded and lawn is first come, first served, so we suggest getting there early.
To maintain our luscious and green lawns, chairs are not permitted on the park lawns.

July 10: Duck Soup (1933). The Marx Brothers take fictional Europe in this Depression-era classic.
Short: Silo by David Soll

July 17: Sharknado (2013). Regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.
Short: Phoebe’s Birthday Cheeseburger by Will Lennon

July 24: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). One of Roald Dahl’s classics hits the big screen in Wes Anderson’s quirky, stop-motion animated film. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his thieving ways are threatened by three mean farmers, but his friends, family and neighbors come to his aid.
Short: Font Men by Dress Code

July 31: Beetlejuice (1988). A young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) lead an idyllic country life until they accidentally drown and become trapped in their old house as ghosts. This ghost couple attempts to scare off a family of cosmopolitan New Yorkers that move into their home, eventually enlisting the help of an insane poltergeist, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). A darkly funny vision of the afterlife that made director Tim Burton a household name.
Short: Passer Passer by Louis Morton

August 7: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). The Tennessee Williams play comes to life as Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) and Brick (Paul Newman) duke it out while celebrating the 65th birthday of his father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). The temperatures are high, but the tensions are higher in this classic.
Short: Unlocking the Truth by Luke Meyer

August 14: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). Hip hop, samurai culture, and italian gangsters come together in this oddly quiet action movie by independent spirit Jim Jarmusch. Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) is a reclusive hitman who lives by a strict samurai code. When his mafia employers turn against him, Ghost Dog must go to war against an gang of old-school Italians that simply do not understand his ways.
Short: The Roper by Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands

August 21: The Birds (1963). Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of horror, mystery, and slow-burning suspense. A beautiful socialite (Tippi Hedren) visits the sunny town of Bodega Bay, where the weekend’s peace is shattered by a series of inexplicable bird attacks, one more violent than the next. These attacks grow increasingly bigger and more gruesome until the entire town finds itself under siege from above.
Short: Woodhouse by Fred Rowson

August 28: (Public vote). As is tradition, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Syfy invite the public to vote on the last film of the summer.

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2014 Films in Tompkins Square Park (2015 details coming soon)
The event is free as always, and gates open at 6pm, with the movies starting at sundown.
Tompkins Square Park is a 10.5 acre public park in the Alphabet City section of the East Village neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is square in shape, and is bounded on the north by East 10th Street, on the east by Avenue B, on the south by East 7th Street, and on the west by Avenue A. St. Marks Place abuts the park to the west.
Schedule TBA

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2014 Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (2015 details coming soon)
On Mondays during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at W. 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater!  Come on down and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies.
Get ready for a great lineup for the fourth annual Coney Island Flicks on the Beach!  
June 30th - Gravity - POSTPONED
July 7th - Frozen
July 14th - E.T. - POSTPONED
July 21st - Iron Man 3
July 28th - The Lego Movie
August 4th - American Hustle
August 11th - Dirty Dancing
August 18th - Audience Choice: Grease
August 25th - Gravity (Rescheduled from June 30th)
September 2nd - E.T. (Rescheduled from July 14th)

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2014 Films on the Green Festival (2015 details coming soon)
May 30 - August 1, 2014
Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks & Recreation. Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season's films cover a different theme from environment to musicals and literary adaptations.
Jealousy, seduction, passion...  In its seventh year, Films on the Green explores the many facets of love with works by established and new directors. French is the language of love, or so the saying goes. But behind this cliché is a multitude of cinematic possibilities.
Free and open to the public.
All films are in French with English subtitles
Friday, May 30, 8:30pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
Purple Noon
By René Clément
Starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet

Friday, June 6, 8:30pm | Washington Square Park
Les Tontons Flingueurs
By Georges Lautner
Starring Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Jean Lefebvre, Francis Blanche

Friday, June 13, 8:30pm | Washington Square Park
Buffet Froid
By Bertrand Blier
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Jean Carmet, Bernard Blier, Michel Serrault

Friday, June 20, 8:30pm | Tompkins Square Park
The Women on the 6th Floor
By Philippe Le Guay
Starring Fabrice Luchini

Friday, June 27, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
La Haine
By Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui

Friday, July 11, 8:30pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
The Moustache
By Emmanuel Carrère
Starring Vincent Lindon, Mathieu Amalric

Friday, July 18, 8:30pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
Grand Illusion
By Jean Renoir
Starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay

Friday, July 25, 8:30pm | Transmitter Park (Brooklyn)
Le Magnifique
By Philippe de Broca
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo

Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30pm | Transmitter Park (Brooklyn)
2 Autumns, 3 Winters
By Sébastien Betbeder
Starring Vincent Macaigne, Bastien Bouillon

Thursday, Sept. 4, 7:30pm | Columbia University (116th St)

The French Minister
By Bertrand Tavernier
Starring Raphaël Personnaz, Thierry Lhermitte, Niels Arestrup

More details about Films on the Green

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2014 Socrates Sculpture Park Outdoor Cinema (2015 Schedule will be July 1-August 19, 2015 -- details coming soon)
Wednesdays, July 2-August 20, 2014
Pre-screening performances at 7pm, films begins at sundown

Socrates Sculpture Park and Film Forum, in collaboration with Rooftop Films, present this annual international film festival, which focuses on a different country or culture each Wednesday evening. This program invites visitors to picnic on the grass, see musical and dance performances, enjoy the cool waterfront breeze as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline, and watch exceptional international films on an outdoor screen.

This season we are also offering FREE Sunset Paddling on the East River! On certain film nights, depending on the tide, free kayaking and canoeing will depart from our beach at Hallets Cove.

Wednesday, July 2

Wednesday, July 9
LA PIROGUE / Senegal

Wednesday, July 16

Wednesday, July 23
UMBERTO D. / Italy

Wednesday, July 30

VIOLA / Argentina

Wednesday, August 6


Wednesday, August 13
13 ASSASSINS / Japan

Wednesday, August 27

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2014 Summer on the Hudson Pier 1 Picture Show in Riverside Park (2015 details coming soon)
Wednesdays from July 9-August 13, at dusk (about 8:30 pm); Pier I at 70th St. Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier Hollywood movies. Open Captioned.
July 9 - Clueless
July 16
- Back to the Future
July 23 - Harold & Maude
July 30 - The Princess Bride
August 6 - Anchors Aweigh
August 13 - The Outsiders

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Intrepid Summer Movies, New York City2014 Intrepid FREE Summer Movie Series (2015 details coming soon)
May 23 - August 20, 2014
Join Intrepid in celebrating some of our favorite heroes from the movies with our 6th annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series.
Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring  their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.
Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at sunset, weather permitting. Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, and there is no admission after 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 10 - Independence Day (1996)
Thursday, July 17 - Gravity (2013)
Thursday, July 24 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Thursday, July 31 - The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Thursday, August 7 - Space Balls (1987)
Thursday, August 14 - Captain Phillips (2013)
Wednesday, August 20 Top Gun (1986)

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