The ultimate summer movie guide: All the free outdoor movies you can see in Brooklyn in 2016

The ultimate summer movie guide: All the free outdoor movies you can see in Brooklyn in 2016

Free outdoor movies in so many parks, bars and backyards it’ll make your head spin. Dan Nguyen / Flickr

I just watched the Game of Thrones pilot (late, I know) and Ned Stark keeps saying that “winter is coming.” I’ve inferred that since Westeros must be some kind of fortressed land off the coast of Australia, what he actually meant by this was that “summer is coming.” And boy, is it ever! Don’t let this week’s lower temperatures fool you; the countdown started long ago, and the Gowanus Yacht Club just declared outdoor drinking season officially open. It’s time to get outside and get lit, not to mention start racking up those demerit badges.

I’m not sure where I was going with the elegy to summer above, but it eventually leads us back to free outdoor movies. Because yadda yadda “nothing says summer like” yadda yadda. So here’s a massive list we made of all the free outdoor movies playing in Brooklyn this summer. We’ll keep adding to this list as more and more free outdoor movie schedules come out because trust us, there’s plenty more to come. Screening series will soon be announced at Coney Island Beach, Red Hook Park and at various other bars we love in the borough. Some series are more weather-permitting than others, and some make better dates than others. But don’t worry: as you’ll see from the list below, you’ve got more than enough chances to catch Purple Rain this summer. 

SUMMERSCREEN
McCarren Park, N. 12th St. between Bedford Ave. and Berry St., Williamsburg
Wednesday nights July – August

July 6: Scream
July 13: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
July 20: The Fast and Furious
July 27: 10 Things I Hate About You
Aug. 3: The Royal Tenenbaums
Aug. 10: audience pick (Almost Famous, Fifth Element, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Snakes on a Plane, Superbad or You Got Served. Vote!)

RED HOOK FLICKS’ SUMMER MOVIES ON THE PIER
Valentino Pier between Coffey and Van Dyke St., Red Hook
Tuesday nights July – August

July 12: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
July 19: Purple Rain (1984)
July 26: LEGO Movie (2014)
August 2: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
August 9: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
August 16: Pitch Perfect (2012)
August 23: Labyrinth (1986)
August 30: Aliens (1986)

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MOVIES WITH A VIEW
Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights
Thursday nights July – August

July 7: Singing in the Rain
July 14: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
July 21: Purple Rain
July 28: It Happened One Night
August 4: American Graffiti
August 11: Selma
August 18: A League of Their Own
August 25: audience pick (TBD)

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE SCREENING SERIES
Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene
Friday nights May – June

May 27: Best in Show (BYOD, bring your own dog)
June 3: Labyrinth (sing-along)
June 10: Finding Nemo (costumes encouraged)

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BROOKLYN HOSPITAL CENTER SCREENING
Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene

Aug. 4: The Sandlot

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FILMS ON THE GREEN
WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint
Friday nights June – July

June 24: Subway (1985)
July 1: The 400 Blows (1959)

HABANA OUTPOST
757 Fulton St., Fort Greene
Sunday nights May – October

May 1: The Warriors (1979)
May 8: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
May 15: Game of Death (1978)
May 22: West Side Story (1985)
May 29: Coming to America (1988)
June 5: Weird Science (1985)
June 12: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953)
June 19: Flashdance (1953)
June 26: Trading Places (1983)
July 3: Rocky (1976)

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July 10: Wayne’s World (1992)
July 17: Road House (1989)
July 24: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
July 31: Jaws II (1978)
August 7: Risky Business (1983)
August 14: Viva Las Vegas (1964)
August 21: The Last Dragon (1985)
August 28: House Party (1990)
September 4: The Karate Kid (1984)
September 11: ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
September 18: Bulworth (1998)
September 25: New Jack City (1991)
October 2: Bloodsport (1988)
October 9: Shaft (1971)
October 16: Cobra (1986)
October 23: Ghostbusters (1984)
October 30: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

OUR WICKED LADY
153 Morgan Ave., Bushwick
Tuesday nights June – September, more dates TBA

June 7: Little Shop of Horrors & Gremlins
June 14: Big Trouble in Little China Escape from New York
June 21: Rushmore The Royal Tennenbaums
June 28: Labyrinth The Dark Crystal

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN
Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
Select Thursday nights July – August

July 14: The Triplets of Belleville (with live score by Benoit Charest / Jessica Fichot)
August 4: Run Lola Run (with live score by The Bays)

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TABLE 87
473 3rd Ave., between 10th and 11th St., Gowanus
Wednesday nights May – September

May 4: Jaws (Table 87)
May 11: Toy Story
May 18: Batman: The Dark Knight
May 25: Purple Rain
June 1: Pretty Woman
June 8: The Mask
June 15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
June 22: Gremlins
June 29: Star Wars
July 6: The Lion King
July 13: Ghostbusters
July 20: Goonies
July 27: Mighty Ducks
August 3: Air Force One
August 10Terminator 2
August 17: Space Jam
August 24: Rocky
August 31: Armageddon
September 7: audience pick (TBD)

ROOFTOP FILMS AND DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN PARTNERSHIP
Metrotech Commons, 51 Metrotech Center, Downtown Brooklyn
Select Friday and Wednesday nights in June

June 10: Sundance short films 2016 (Bacon & God’s Wrath, Peacock, The Procedure +)
June 15: Short films about families (Small Talk, These C*cksucking Tears, Pink Boy +)
June 24: Documentaries about danger (Pickle, The Bloop, Nothing Human +)

CONEY ISLAND FLICKS ON THE BEACH
1001 Boardwalk W. at W. 10th St, Coney Island
Mondays July – August, dates TBA

July 11: Jurassic World
July 18: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 25: Inside Out
August 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
August 8: Rooftop Shorts (short films focusing on the history of Rooftop Films and NYC)
August 15: Purple Rain
August 22: Creed

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NARROWS BOTANICAL GARDENS
Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, Bay Ridge
select Friday nights July – September

June 24: Night at the Museum
July 8: Grease
July 29: Rear Window
August 26: Despicable Me
September 9: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

NYC PARKS’ CLASSIC FILM SERIES
Target Community Garden, 933 Bedford Ave., Bed-Stuy
Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, 327-329 Green Ave., Bed-Stuy
Wednesday nights in August

Target Community Garden:
August 10: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
August 17: Young Man with a Horn (1950)

at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden:
August 24: Buck and the Preacher (1974)
August 31: Paris Blues (1961)

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