Free Summer Movies in New York City

By: Lisa –
Last Updated: June 28, 2018

Nothing says summer like a great summer movie, and the city has plenty for FREE. There are so many free movies, you could see one almost every day and not pay a dime! So grab a blanket, a bag of popcorn and a friend to snuggle up for some great outdoor movies.

Movie Nights in Bryant Park

June 18 through August 10, Monday Nights

The gravel area around the park opens at 4pm and the lawn opens at 5pm and the movie starts between 8pm and 9pm. This year's opener is The Breakfast Club and closer is The Terminator.

The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

August 14th through August 17th at dusk.

There’s a free movie every night at Rumsey Playfield. Gates open at 6:30pm and there is a pre-show until the movie starts. This year’s theme is “Scenes from our City” and features movies in which NYC plays a big role. This year is opening with Hair.

River Flicks

Wednesday and Fridays July 11th through August 21 at 8:30pm

There are free movies every Wednesday and Friday. Movies for grown ups are shown on Wednesdays at Pier 63, and kids movies are Fridays at Pier 45. They offer free first come first serve popcorn! Drinks are available for purchase.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies with a View

Thursdays July 12 through August 30 at Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1. Music starts at 6pm and the movie starts at sundown.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is taking female representation to the next level this summer with the announcement of SHE TALKS, putting leading women in the fields of media, the arts and politics center stage as part of its outdoor cinema series, Movies With A View. In this new talk series, women share their perspectives on their fields and New York City. 

The launch of SHE TALKS comes just weeks after the park announced that, for the first time in 19 years, only films directed by women will be shown under the theme SHE DIRECTS. In addition, music sets will spotlight women DJs under the moniker SHE SPINS.  SHE TALKS will take place before a number of the series’ movie screenings throughout the summer, and will enrich the audience’s experience by further celebrating women’s voices.

Summerscreen - McCarren Park Free Movies

July 11 through August 29 at sundown Wednesday evenings in the park at Bedford and 12th.

True to Williamsburg form, these are more adult, hipster films. Music starts at 6pm and films start at sundown. This year include such movies as Hackers and Die Hard.

Summer Movies on the Intrepid

Varying Fridays May 2th through August 24th on the Intrepid deck. Flight deck opens at 7pm and the movie starts at sundown.

Action-packed movies, anyone? Hey, the Intrepid is a freaking aircraft carrier! The 2018 season opens with Top Gun

Summer on the Hudson: Pier 1 Picture Show

Every Wednesday, July 11 through August 22 at dusk ~8pm. Riverside Park South at Pier 1. 70th Street and the Hudson River.

Mostly fun, family movies, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Toy Story 3.

Films on the Green

Fridays June 1st through September 6th, various city parks, 8:30pm.

If you’re looking for a cultural escape, you’ll love this outdoor French film festival. Don’t worry- there are English subtitles. From Parisian bistros to the vineyards of southern France, the 2018 Films on the Green lineup through a selection of 12 classic and contemporary French films explores the profound relationship between French culture and gastronomy, an integral part of France's social fabric.

Remember, for all of these free movies, GET THERE EARLY! If you’re not there when the lawns open, you might find it hard to get a good spot. Bring some snacks, good friends, and enjoy just hanging out.