I think we can all agree that one of the most nostalgic and entertaining ways to spend a summer night is definitely enjoying an outdoor movie. With that, here are 15 spots to go see an outdoor movie this summer before the cold weather is back and we regret ever saying “it’s too hot out!”
It’s not a NYC summer without movies in the park! Plenty of public parks all across the city are putting on a movie series, so there’s sure to be one near you. We’ve listed some below for you, but you can check each of their lineups here.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
- Bryant Park
- Fort Green Park
- Tompkins Square Park
- Washington Square Park
- Prospect Park
- Hunter’s Point South Park
- Bushwick Inlet Park
- Pier 57’s Rooftop Park
10. Skyline Drive-In NYC, Brooklyn
This unique drive-in cinema not only boasts incredible movie showings, but breathtaking skyline views! Open in Greenpoint, at 1 Oak Street, there’s even a concessions stand for all your theater snacking needs. A car isn’t needed to enjoy a production, you can pull up by bike or on foot. Each night’s production varies so make sure to check the movie listings to find out when your favorite films will be screened. See more here.
11. Queens Drive-In, Queens
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, this drive-in shows everything from the classics to independent films. All tickets are good for 1 car with up to 5 people. See here for more information.
12. Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
After last year’s success, Queens Botanical Garden is bringing back their outdoor cinema this summer. Visitors should bring their own blanket or lawn chairs but people can order “movie-themed food and refreshments” at the venue. Ticket holders even get after-hours access to the garden. You do not have to be a member to go. Read more information here.
13. Syndicated, Brooklyn
This Brooklyn bar-theater offers free nightly screenings at their “Sidewalk Cinema” located on the side of their building! No tickets are required and seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Showtime begins at 9pm sharp every night. You can browse the lineup here.
14. Nowadays, Queens
This backyard paradise is an incredible spot for movie and music lovers. Shown on their outdoor big screen with an immersive custom-designed sound system, catch tons of engaging screenings. Movies are free and don’t require a reservations. See more details here.
15. Rooftop Cinema Club, Midtown
Over the course of the summer, Rooftop Cinema Club in Midtown will be hosting themed movie series’ from “Leo Season” featuring movies made by or starring leos to “Rooftop Romance” highlighting fan-favorite romantic films. Each viewer receives personal headphones and a comfy lounge chair with their ticket purchase. See the summer schedule here.