10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Venues to Catch an Outdoor Movie this Summer in NYC

Grab your blankets and popcorn cause it's time to go to the movies. Here are a few cool outdoor movie venues that might not be on your radar yet.

ps. for an overview of the 2017 nyc summer movie series, check out our schedule of FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN NYC.



Nearly every day of the week this summer (seriously... every day!), Bloomingdale Park is offering up multiple movies on any given night. From children-friendly Disney hits to edge-of-your-seat thrillers for the adult crowd, Bloomingdale is offering up plenty to see this summer. Screenings start at 8:30PM daily.

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Broad Channel Park is situated in the Broad Channel neighborhood, the only island community in Jamaica Bay. This park offers up screenings all summer long, and the flicks are always family appropriate. There will be popcorn, but don't forget to bring a blanket or chair! Shows kick off at 8PM; Broad Channel Park is located on the Cross Bay Parkway between the Broad Channel waterway and 20th Road. 

The next screening at Broad Channel Park is Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom on August 6th.


What better place to take in a film than Brooklyn Bridge Park, situated right on the East River? Spanning over more than a mile of Brooklyn’s waterfront, this gem of a park offers stunning views of Lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. All of the film screenings this summer begin at 7:30PM and will be hosted in Pier 1.

Upcoming screenings:

  • July 20: Casablanca
  • July 27: The Lego Movie
  • August 3: 9 to 5
  • August 10: 42
  • August 17: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • August 24: Public Vote (Footloose, Dear White People, or Network)


Home to sports fields, playgrounds, and even an outdoor pool, Cpl. Thompson Park is another venue showing a family-friendly batch of movies this summer that cater to all ages. Shows begin at 8PM and the park is located at Broadway and Henderson Ave.

Upcoming screenings include Power Rangers on July 15 and Jurassic Park III on July 27.


Clove Lakes Park is a picturesque setting with an incredibly rich natural history with lakes and ponds; serpentine rocks; and Staten Island's largest living thing: a three hundred year-old tulip tree. During the summer, Clove Lakes plays host to a number of family-friendly film screenings, as well.

The next screening is Ghostbusters on July 20.

Crocheron Park is named for the Crocheron Family, a distinguished line dating back to 1685, though the lands have evolved considerably since that time... The park now plays home to numerous sports fields, as well as an enlarged lake for wintertime skating and a more unique goldfish pond as well. The park is situated at 214th Street and 35th Avenue in Bayside, Queens.

Upcoming screenings include Finding Dory on July 28, Space Jam on August 4, and A Bug's Life on August 11.


An oasis in the middle of New York City, Randall’s Island Park represents the majority of the island directly in the middle of the East River. It is home to over 60 playing fields, a 20-court tennis center, and various other facilities. The park has also made headlines for some of the acts that have gone through: Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Cirque du Soleil, Electric Zoo, and plenty of others! In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Randall's Island is showcasing movies from the year of its rebirth: 1992. Movies start at 8PM.

Upcoming screenings include A League of Their Own on August 6 and Motorcycle Diaries on August 20.



MacCarren Park sits on 35 acres right in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Other than sports fields, playgrounds, and a dog park, it is home to a skate park and the  McCarren Park Pool and Play Center, which was built in 2012. 

The SummerScreen movie series at McCarren Park sets itself apart by offering live music before shows, as well as vendors doling out food and drinks throughout each screening. Doors open at 6PM and shows start around 7PM; make sure to get there early to snag a great seat!

Upcoming screenings:

  • July 19: Donnie Darko
  • July 26: Selena
  • August 2: I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • August 9: Audience choice!


Some claim Riverside Park to be the most spectacular waterfront park in the City, stretching over four miles of the Hudson River. The landscapes throughout were conceptualized by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed NYC's Central Park, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and helped lead the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. 

Movies here begin at 7PM and are hosted in Pier 1, which is right around 70th Street.

Upcoming screenings:

  • July 19: What's Up Doc
  • July 26: The Truman Show
  • August 2: The Muppets Movie
  • August 9: The Big Lebowski
  • August 16: Beetlejuice


Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum built by a coalition of artists and community members in 1986 atop an abandoned landfill and illegal dumping site right on the New York waterfront. 

Not unlike this park's name, most of the lineup here features controversial, provocative, and gritty movies celebrating and produced in countries from all over the world. Films begin at sunset, with pre-screening performances starting at 7PM.

Upcoming screenings:

  • July 19: Liberation Day (Slovenia / Norway / Latvia)
  • July 26: Chevalier (Greece)
  • August 2: The Challenge (Qatar / France / Italy)
  • August 9: The Silence Before Bach (Spain)
  • August 16: Romance & Cigarettes (USA)
  • August 23: Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (Venezuela / Peru)

For a comprehensive list of all upcoming screenings in NYC, head to Free Summer Movies at NYC Parks. Make sure to arrive A BIT early as THE VENUES tend to fill up quickly.

See you out there!