Outdoor Summer Movies in Brooklyn

Outdoor Movies, From Indie to Classics, in Brooklyn

Don’t spend a summer night in a dark movie theater. Instead head to one of these many free outdoor film series around Brooklyn. Bring some friends and pack a picnic and movie hop around the borough. From waterfront film series to screenings in a hip Williamsburg park, there are many places to catch a flick this summer. A word of warning, Brooklyn is teeming with mosquitos in the summer months, so don’t forget to bring bug spray. If you really want to fit in with the locals, be sure to use an organic brand. The best part, most of these screenings are free.

Although it isn’t free, Rooftop Film Summer Series is worth a mention. The beloved film series screens films at various edgy places around Brooklyn. This year they kick off their summer film series on May 19th with a selection of shorts screened at the Green-Wood Cemetery.   

Another film series that charges admission is the Movie Night at Rooftop Reds, the series is held at this scenic rooftop vineyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard....MORE Admission ($30) includes a glass of wine and two slices of pizza. The movie night runs from June through October. This summer's lineup includes Silver Linings Playbook, Dead Poet's Society, Hook and many others. They also have chairs, so no need to pack a blanket.

Just to note, some film festivals run only six weeks; others run from May to September.

Amazingly, you can catch a free film every day of the week through much of this summer in Brooklyn.

You can pick your movie, pick the best day of the week or pick your venue--Prospect Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsburg, even Coney Island or a rooftop in Fort Greene.

Outdoor films (many are free) are shown on Mondays (Coney Island), Tuesdays (Red Hook), Wednesdays (McCarren Park in Williamsburg), Thursdays (Brooklyn Bridge Park), Fridays and Saturdays in various venues around the borough, and on Sundays (Fort Greene).

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

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    ••• Summer in Coney Island includes outdoor films, and, just blocks away, three different roller coasters, the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk and beach, and NY Aquarium. Courtesy of the NYC Development Corp.

    What could be more fun? Welcome to Movies on the Beach in Coney Island. As part of the historic area's makeover, you can enjoy free films on Monday nights. The movies are shown on a forty-foot screen. Grab a hot dog at Nathans, or spend the afternoon exploring the NY Aquarium (open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and walking along the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk. What a great summertime thing to do in Brooklyn!

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    Watch a film on Valentino Pier in Red Hook with views of the Statue of Liberty. History buffs will get a kick out of seeing a flick next to a Civil-War era warehouse. Take in the views of the harbor as you watch classic flicks in the increasingly trendy Red Hook section of Brooklyn.  The summer series takes place Tuesdays at sundown. You can pack a picnic or pick up some good eats provided by the rotating list of various local restaurants that sponsor the weekly film series. This season’s restaurants include Fort Defiance, Early Bird Foods, and many others. Check their schedule for a list of films and restaurant’s featured at that flick.  

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    Wednesday: SummerScreen in McCarren Park, Outdoor Movies

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    SummerScreen, launched in 2005, is a hugely popular free outdoor film series in Williamsburg's McCarren Park's ball fields. The films, presented by EPIX, are shown on Wednesday evenings. Bring your blanket, food and drink, and settle in for a great evening.

     

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    ••• View of Manhattan from Red Hook Warehouse. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    See what's playing at the most spectacular outdoor theater in New York City. Watch the sun set over New York Harbor before the film, and enjoy free DJ music as well. First come,first seated; there's limited room on the lawn.

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    Friday: Narrows Botanic Garden

    You might have to pack some allergy meds, but it’s worth the hassle to view movies in this picturesque Bay Ridge botanic garden at their film series Movies at Narrows Botanic Garden. On Friday June 24th, they will show the Night at The Museum at 8:30pm and on Friday July 8th, sing along with Grease.