All the outdoor movies playing in Brooklyn parks, rooftops, courtyards and cemeteries this summer

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The setting for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View series is one of the most magical settings for an outdoor film. Photo: Julienne Schaer

You know we’ve hit peak summer when there is an outdoor movie to see in NYC any night of the week. Mid-July, once the fireworks are over, is typically when the al fresco screenings ramp up, especially when Brooklyn Bridge Park opens its lawn to moviegoers. This season marks the 20th anniversary of its Movies with a View series, and in celebration, their volunteer film committee chose films from previous seasons, including rained out screenings that are getting a second chance this year, whose theme is “Better the Second Time Around.”

All of the films they chose contain the qualities of the perfect outdoor movie, says Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Nice weather, good friends, pre-show entertainment, delicious food and drink, lush surroundings, and beautiful views all contribute to an enchanting experience for the public. Films that audiences already know and love, such as cult classics, work particularly well, as well as movies that have vibrant cinematography and storytelling to keep viewers engaged amongst the varied distractions in an outdoor setting.”

Just reading the lineup of a summer movie series can make you smile at the memory of seeing these films the first time around: The Terminator, Boyz in the Hood, The Big Lebowski, Best in Show, Do the Right Thing—they’re all screening free somewhere around Brooklyn this summer, from rooftop bars to Red Hook’s Valentino Pier. It’s a gift to be able to watch them all in such picturesque places, and to help you take advantage of them all, we’ve created a printable calendar for July (with another on the way for August!) and listed all the free movies series below, along with the mostly ticketed screenings from Rooftop Films, another OG of outdoor cinema. Happy moviegoing!

Note: All of the following movies are free, except where indicated, and be sure to check each venue’s social media feeds to learn of any rain-related cancellations. 

Friday, June 28

Mustang, 8:30 PM, Films on the Green at WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint

Saturday, June 29

Midnight Family, 7:30 PM, Rooftop Films at Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park, 140 58th St., FREE with RSVP

Sunday, June 30

New York Non-Fiction documentary shorts, 7:45 PM, Rooftop Films at Green-Wood Cemetery,  Green-Wood Heights, 500 25th St., $16

Monday, July 1

Weird Science8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Pink Wall, 7 PM, Rooftop Films at The William Vale, Williamsburg, 111N. 12th St., $16

Wednesday, July 3

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Babe, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewoods

Monday, July 8

Rocky8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

The waterfront setting and architectural charm of Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier is hard to beat. Photo: Red Hook Flicks

Tuesday, July 9

Top Gun, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, July 10

When Harry Met Sally, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Monsoon Wedding, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, July 11

Pariah, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, July 12

After Hours, 7 PM, Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island

Saint Frances, 8 PM, Rooftop Films at Industry City Courtyards 5/6, Sunset Park, 51 35th St., $16

Saturday, July 13

Mickey and the Bear, 8 PM, Rooftop Films at Industry City Courtyards 5/6, Sunset Park, 51 35th St., $16

Monday, July 15

Grindhouse8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, July 16

Major League, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, July 17

Edge of Tomorrow, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Brave, 7 PM, A Summer Movie Under the Stars at Prospect Park’s Long Meadow

Best in Show, Sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, July 18

Girlfight, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Great Hack, 8 PM, Rooftop Films at Industry City Courtyards 5/6, Sunset Park, 51 35th St., $16

Rooftop Films roves around Brooklyn’s rooftops, courtyards, and cemeteries. Catch one at Green-Wood this summer, where there is plenty of room to spread out. Photo: Rooftop Film

Friday, July 19

The Pine Barrens, 7:45 PM Rooftop Films at Green-Wood Cemetery, Green-Wood Heights, 500 25th St., $16

Monday, July 22

Old School8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, July 23

Honey I Shrunk the Kids, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Love is Short (films), 7 PM, Rooftop Films at The William Vale, Williamsburg, 111N. 12th St., $16

Wednesday, July 24

Love and Basketball, 7 PM, A Summer Movie Under the Stars at Prospect Park’s Long Meadow

Waiting for Guffman, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

The Triplets of Belleville, Sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, July 25

It Happened One Night, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Well Groomed, 8 PM, Rooftop Films at Fort Greene Park

Monday, July 29

The Craft8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, July 30

The Terminator, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, July 31

Spaceballs, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Yes, God, Yes, 7 PM, Rooftop Films at The William Vale, Williamsburg, 111N. 12th St., $16

Babe, 7 PM, A Summer Movie Under the Stars at Prospect Park’s Long Meadow

Mystery Train, Sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, August 1

Crooklyn, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 2

Cemetery Shorts, 7:45 PM Rooftop Films at Green-Wood Cemetery, Green-Wood Heights, 500 25th St., $16

See the Spike Lee classic ‘Do the Right Thing’ this summer — it’s the film’s the 30th anniversary.

Monday, August 5

Do the Right Thing8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, August 6

Real Genius, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, August 7

Trading Places8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Stop Making Sense, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, August 8

The Big Lebowski, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Take the ferry to Governors Island during one of its Friday night films with the Film Society at Lincoln Center. You’ll practically have the island to yourself. Photo: @filmlinc

Friday, August 9

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 7 PM, Escape in New York: Outdoors Films on Governors Island

Monday, August 12

Labyrinth, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, August 13

The Dark Crystal, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Avoid the Woodstock 50 fiasco waiting to happen and celebrate the anniversary by watching the documentary at Nowadays instead.

Wednesday, August 14

Big Trouble in Little China, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Woodstock, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, August 15

An American Tail, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, August 19

It Can’t Hardly Wait, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, August 20

Boyz in the Hood, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, August 21

Princess Bride, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Greener Grass, 7 PM, Rooftop Films at The William Vale, Williamsburg, 111N. 12th St., $16

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, August 23

Selma, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 23

Rooftop Films Closing Night, 7:45 PM Rooftop Films at Green-Wood Cemetery,  Green-Wood Heights, 500 25th St., $16

Hear one of the most famous movie lines of all times, “Nobody puts baby in a corner,” when Dirty Dancing screens at Our Wicked Lady.

Monday, August 26

Dirty Dancing, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Tuesday, August 27

Red Dawn, 8:30 PM, Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier

Wednesday, August 28

10 Things I Hate About You, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Saturday Night Fever, sunset, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood

Thursday, August 29

Viewer’s Choice, 6 PM, Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, September 2

Spice World, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Wednesday, September 4

Beetlejuice, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Monday, September 9

The Princess Bride, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Wednesday, September 11

Dazed and Confused, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Monday, September 16

The Matrix, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Wednesday, September 18

Moonstruck, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

Monday, September 23

What we do in the Shadows, 8:30 PM, Our Wicked Lady, Bushwick, 153 Morgan Ave.

Wednesday, September 25

Viewer’s Choice, 8:30 PM, Parklife, Gowanus, 636 Degraw St.

 

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