NYC’s Free Summer Movies for 2017

Summer, We made it. One of the best ways to unwind from the busy nyc grind is nyc's free outdoor summer movie series, screening your favorite flicks at nyc's most iconic locations, absolutely free. Hit up these scenic spots and enjoy your favorite motion pictures with a summer skyline backdrop.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Pack your blanket and check out a flick in one of Bixby’s favorite parks! Bring a picnic basket or munch on a diverse selection of food carts by Hester Street Fair. Aim to get there early -- they'll be showing classic Warner Brothers cartoons to open each night.

Pro tip: plan your arrival strategy in advance if you want a prime spot on the lawn. These NYC moviegoers are not playing games.

  • June 19: King Kong
  • June 26: On the Town
  • July 3: The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • July 10: Sabrina
  • July 17: Wall Street
  • July 24: Pillow Talk
  • July 31: The Hustler
  • August 7: All That Jazz
  • August 14: North by Northwest
  • August 21: Dirty Dancing

Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza

This series features 8 remaining films, carefully selected by curators of the Tribeca Film Festival. Each movie is set in the Big Apple itself, just to remind you how inspiring your surroundings are. If you’re quick enough to snag spots in the reserved seating area, you’ll also have direct access to Eataly, Beer Table, and Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits where you'll be able to pickup top-notch dinner and drinks.

  • July 7: Serendipity
  • July 8: Night at the Museum
  • August 4: West Side Story
  • August 5: Ghostbusters
  • September 1: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • September 2: Enchanted
  • October 6: Annie Hall
  • October 7: Spider Man

Intrepid Museum’s Summer Movie Series

The Intrepid sets itself apart by being the only museum to host outdoor summer films -- floating on the Hudson nonetheless! The only downside? Limited space. We advise prepping your fold-up chairs in advance and planning accordingly to enjoy this popular and unique experience. Don't forget that you can also enjoy discounted guided tours before the showing begins -- a perfect excuse to stop by the museum if you haven’t already.

Note: this is a family-friendly venue, as they’re enforcing a “non-alcoholic beverages only” policy.

  • May 26: Top Gun
  • July 11: Good Morning, Vietnam
  • July 18: Anchorman
  • July 25: Cocktail
  • August 1: The Martian
  • August 8: Back to the Future

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Does anything scream “all-American summer” more than Coney Island Beach? You’ve already got your towels and coolers handy from a day on the sand, you might as well keep things going all evening long with a sunset movie. 

  • July 11: Jurassic World
  • July 18: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • July 25: Inside Out
  • August 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • August 8: Rooftop/NYC Shorts
  • August 15: Purple Rain
  • August 22: Creed

SummerScreen at McCarren Park

SummerScreen prides itself on offering you the most with 2-for-1 entertainment: a concert AND a movie. They'e also the longest running film and music series in Brooklyn, so you know they do it right. 

  • July 5: Mean Girls
  • July 12: Office Space
  • July 19: Donnie Darko
  • July 26: Selena
  • August 2: I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • August 9: Audience Choice