Your free outdoor movie calendar for 2016



There is more than one free, outdoor screening of Labyrinth in Brooklyn this summer.

Welcome back from Fourth of July weekend. Here’s a little something to take the edge off the end of a glorious long weekend. For the next two months there is a free outdoor movie showing somewhere in Brooklyn almost every single night. With so many classic flicks and prime screening locations to choose from, it can be hard to keep track of what’s on offer week to week, so we’re back once again with our giant free outdoor movie calendar to take that annoying administrative task off your plate. You can download the whole enchilada into your Google calendar or just pick the individual movies that really call your name. Then simply add a few friends to the invite, designate who will bring the wine, beach blanket and snacks, and voila. . .you’ve got the makings of a perfect summer evening.

We’ve gathered up the schedules from the usual suspects in al fresco cinema and color coded them on the calendar: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (green), Red Hook Flicks (red), Summerscreen at McCarren Park (yellow), and Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park (blue), as well as Fort Greene’s Café Habana (orange) and Narrows Botanical Garden in Bay Ridge (turquoise). Every screening on our calendar is free (though it’s inevitable that you will buy something delicious at Habana Outpost, a hot dog at Coney Island or a snack at ).

If you want to shell out for a comfy chair on a Bushwick rooftop, check out the schedule at Rooftop Cinema Club. Tickets are $19, which seems a bit steep, honestly, but they are showing Spice World tonight, so if you still have some party in you after the long weekend you know where to head. It’s BYOB and you can bring snacks or order takeout for delivery to the roof. We also love Rooftop Films for their amazing programming and support of independent film, and they show films, on roofs and in other spots, all around the city, most nights of the week, all summer long. Tickets usually run about $15, and most screenings include live music before the film, and many also include a sponsored afterparty with booze. And yes, there are chairs.

Unsurprisingly, there is more than one place where you can see Purple Rain this year, but oddly enough this is also true of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the movie that ushered Neil Patrick Harris back into our lives.  In addition, there are a few one-offs sprinkled in the mix, like the screening of Labyrinth with a live score at the Prospect Park bandshell in August. The links to each schedule are embedded within the calendar entry, so you should read up beforehand for any venue-specific tips that you might want to know in advance (e.g. Red Hook allows quiet dogs and has food for sale from local vendors who sponsor the screenings).  Feel free to let us know if there is anything we missed—we can always update–but for now get cracking on making your plans (we’ve got picnic gear advice, too). Summerscreen at McCarren Park kicks off its season tomorrow night with Wes Craven’s campy slasher flick Scream and the weather is supposed to return to lovely after last night’s rainy interlude.

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