Outdoor cinema in New York in summer (2023)

Would you like to see outdoor cinema in New York? Throughout the summer, the city is filled with outdoor movies in the parks.

They are free and, in addition, people take advantage of have a picnic on the grass. Great plan for a day of good weather, right?

Prepare the popcorn and the blanket, here you go the best outdoor cinema in New York this summer!

💸 What to do for free in New York. Enjoy this and many other proposals without spending a single dollar.

Outdoor cinema in New York for free - Bryant Park

Outdoor cinema in New York in summer (2023)


Outdoor cinema in Bryant Park

The outdoor cinema bryant parkhe Bryant Park Movie Nightsshows classic movies and organizes every Monday. The screen is placed in front of the fountain and the grass serves as a seat.

You can take blanket and picnic, although there are also food stalls where you can buy it. The lawn opens at 17:00 for people to take place and the movie starts between 20:00 and 21:00.

📅 Bryant Park movie theater dates for 2023 to be announced. you have all the information here.

Free Cinema in New York - Cinema in Bryant Park

Outdoor cinema in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Do you feel like ending the day watching a movie with him? brooklyn bridge background? He Movies with a viewheld at Brooklyn Bridge Park Thursdays in July and AugustIt's your festival

In addition to the movie, you will find food and drink stalls to dine there. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m.

📅 Movie dates at Brooklyn Bridge Park to be announced in 2023. Check the info here.

Outdoor cinema in Brooklyn Bridge Park New York
Outdoor cinema in New York. Picture of Matt Stabile

Outdoor cinema in Central Park

During a week in August, center park it becomes a movie set with movies every night thanks to film festival.

The site chosen is the meadow between Sheep Meadow and Terrace Drive, about at the height of the street 72.

The doors They open at 5:30 p.m. and until the movie starts, at 8:00 p.m.There is music and activities enlivening the atmosphere. You can bring a picnic and a blanket, but no glass bottles.

📅 Central Park movie dates to be announced in 2023. Check the schedule here.

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Outdoor Cinema at the Intrepid Museum

can you imagine watch a movie between planes and helicopters? You can do it in the Intrepid Summer Movie Seriesthe outdoor cinema of the Intrepid Museum.

It takes place several Fridays between May and August. Admission is free, but get there early not to be left out: the venue opens at 5:00 p.m. and the doors close at 8:30 p.m.

📅 In 2023, the films of the Intrepid museum will be from June 30 to August 25. Check the info here.

🎟 Here we tell you how is the visit to the Intrepid Museum and here you can buy the tickets. It is also included in most New York tourist cards.

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Outdoor cinema at Hudson Yards

The Hudson Yards neighborhood is also signing up for open-air cinema in New York with his programme Backyard at Hudson Yards.

Although it is the latest in the season: the movies are projected in september and october in the central square of the neighborhood.

📅 You will find the updated information on the Hudson Yards website.

Movies on the Hudson River

Pier I, along the Hudson River at 70th Street, becomes a movie set every Wednesday in July and August with the Pier I Picture Show.

The programming mixes classics with more recent movies, which they start around 20:30, although from 18:30 you can already sit down and have your picnic.

📅 In 2023, the Pier I Picture Show will take place from July 5 to August 16. All information is published here.

Tribeca Festival Films

The Tribeca Film Festivalhe Tribeca Festivalis celebrated every year in June.

Although most movies are paid, part of the programming consists of free projections (some for children, some for adults) in different locations around the city, from gardens to Brookfield Place shopping centre.

📅 In 2023, the Tribeca festival goes from 7 to June 18. Look for free movies in the Outdoor & Free Events section of the Web.

Movies Under the Stars, in the 5 districts

A great program if you travel as a family is Movies Under the Starsmovies that New York City screens in parks in the 5 boroughs throughout the summer.

Most are suitable for children. Remember to take a blanket and something to eat!

📅 In 2023, Movies Under the Stars starts May 3rd. Consult the movies here.

Skyline, a drive-in cinema in New York

Another way to enjoy outdoor cinema in New York is to go to a drive in, a movie theater in a parking lot.

The most famous is he Skyline Drive-Innext to the East River, in Brooklyn. In addition to going by car, it also has seats For those who want to go without a vehicle.

Keep in mind that, unlike the other free cinemas on the list, he drive in it is paid. But it's a great option to watch a movie with the skyline in the background!

Rooftop Films, movies on the rooftops

Rooftop Filmsalso paid, hosts screenings on rooftops in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens throughout the summer.

🌟 If, in addition to watching movies, you want to discover where they were filmed, here we share movie sets in New York that you can visit.

Map of outdoor cinema in New York

Have you ever attended an outdoor cinema in New York? Which one did you choose and how was the experience?

New York guide updated May 2023.

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