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What’s not to love about free outdoor movies in the city? (besides the bugs) It’s all love! Because you can enjoy a summer evening under the stars at the growing number of outdoor film series. Many of them show films your whole family can enjoy. Movies begin at dusk which is at around 8 or 8:30pm (which means cooler weather) and many of these series include other entertainment that help you pass the time until the show begins
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Here’s a list of the best free outdoor movies for kids in NYC this summer:
River Flicks in the Hudson River Park is the only kid-only film series. Shown at Pier 46 on Fridays, the 2010 series will be The Wizard of Oz, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Monsters V. Aliens, Big, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, andAnnie. Grown-up movies are shown on Wednesdays at Pier 54 and a few, such as Stark Trek, Julie & Julia could be fun for older kids.
Bryant Park Film Festival shows classic films that many kids will at least tolerate if not enjoy. Not all of them are appropriate, but teens and tweens might like some of this year’s selection (including flicks like Goldfinger). You can buy a picnic dinner at kiosks and the park is a wireless hotspot to help pass the time while reserving your spot. Films are free every Monday starting June 21st.
Movies with a View, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park under the Brooklyn Bridge, has some movies for younger and older kids, like Monsters vs. Aliens 3D,The Big Lebowski, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The setting is lovely, there’s DJ music to entertain you while you wait for the movie to start and free valet bike parking thanks to Transportation Alternatives. Free films are on Thursdays in July and August.
Movies Under the Stars – Riverside Park
Riverside Park will have family friendly free movies at Pier 1 at 70th St all summer long. The season kicks of on June 30th with Grease: The Sing-A-Long and includes other favorites like The Neverending Story. Wednesdays at 8:30
Movies Under the Stars – Hoboken are shown in that other Hudson River Park, Hoboken Pier A Park. If you’re coming from Manhattan just hop on the PATH train and watch films like Grease: The Sing-a-Long version, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with Manhattan as your backdrop. Films are shown on Wednesdays from now until August 27.
Movies Under the stars Staten Island (if you’re not from the Island just make the Ferry ride another kewl adventure for your kids)…. Held at Snug Harbor, these free flicks come with a concert from local bands before the show. arrive early (showings start at 8), bring blankets, food, beach chairs, etc. Starts June 25 with Mamma Mia, followed by Jaws on July 9, Close Encounters of the Third Kind on July 16, and Madagascar on July 23.
Rooftop Film Noir and The Vault of Horror Flicks
It may not sound kid friendly, but the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in the Village will be showing classic film noir in July (Think, All About Eve andDouble Indemnity) and Classic horror flicks in August. Classic horror films are probably less scary than most Disney films and the series includes such greats as Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Thursdays at 8:30
Summer Screen at McCarren Park every Wed. evening starting on July 8th in McCarren Park. These screenings aren’t exactly kid fair, but the good ones include Romeo + Juliet and Labyrinth.
Waterside Plaza (the apartment complex/community east of the FDR in the 20s) has a series in August of movies, music and dancing. Movies are Monday nights at 8. August 2: Spiderman August 9: Superman: August 16 Spy Kids, August 23 The Incredibles . Free popcorn and beverages are available, but there is limited seating. BYO chairs/blankets as usual, but maybe allow for a little extra time. Contact: 212-340-4208
ALSO!!! A Kids Concert!!! Date: 7PM Monday, August 16
Movies on the Elevated Acre Monday nights in July head to this Financial District plaza for classic films like The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Country Girl.
Central Park usually has an outdoor movie series in late August also, but it hasn’t been announced yet. It’s usually blockbuster type films, old and recent. Last year included Twilight, Sex and the City , Men in Black and others. The schedule will be posted here.