A comprehensive guide to this summer’s outdoor films • Brooklyn Paper

A comprehensive guide to this summer’s outdoor films

Outside Force: The latest “Star Wars” film will get two outdoor screenings this summer, on a Bushwick rooftop on June 16, and in a Red Hook park on June 25.

There is no better place to watch a classic film than under the stars in Brooklyn. This summer’s outdoor films screenings are already in full swing, so grab your picnic blanket and mosquito repellent, and head to one of these (mostly) free screenings:

Rooftop Films

This outdoor summer series, now in its 10th year, has expanded to four different locations in Brooklyn. Not all of them are actually on roofs, but every screening offers a live music performance, and many will host dance parties after the film. This summer the series features several music documentaries, including “Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio,” about the recently-closed music venue, along with plenty of narrative features and short films.

At Industry City

[220 36th St., #2-A between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 417–7362, www.rooftopfilms.com]. $15.

June 9: Trapped: Uncanny Short Films

June 17: “Life, Animated”

July 7: Dark Toons: Creepy animated short films.

July 8: New York Nonfiction. Documentary shorts.

July 15: “Little Men”

July 22: “Don Juan”

August 12: “Hunter Gatherer”

August 18: “Author: The JT Leroy Story”

August 20: Closing Night: Somber short films.

At Bushwick Generator

195 Moore St. in Bushwick (718) 417–7362, www.rooftopfilms.com]. $15.

July 11: “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru”

August 11: “White Girl”

At MetroTech Commons

[5 MetroTech Center, between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue Downtown, (718) 417–7362, www.rooftopfilms.com]. Free.

June 10: Sundance Short Films.

June 15: “Ties that Bind” — Short films about families.

June 24: “Dangerous Docs” — True short stories.

At the Old American Can Factory

[232 Third St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 417–7362, www.rooftopfilms.com]. $15.

June 7: “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”

June 16: “Tickled”

June 23: “In the Treetops”

June 30: “Cameraperson”

July 9: “Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio”

Rooftop Cinema Club

You do not have to worry about your neighbors drowning out the movie at this new film series in Bushwick, which passes out set of wireless headphones to each viewer! The screenings are bring-your-own-booze, but the site provide glasses and mixers. Screenings happen Mondays through Thursdays in June.

At OfficeOpps (57 Thames St. at Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, www.rooftopcinemaclub.com/newyork). Mon–Thu at 8:30 pm, through June 28. $30.

June 8: “Labyrinth”

June 9: “Purple Rain”

June 13: “Coming to America”

June 14: “Spice World”

June 15: “Blade Runner”

June 16: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

June 20: “Rear Window”

June 21: “American Psycho”

June 22: “Requiem For A Dream”

June 23: “Taxi Driver”

June 27: “Amelie”

June 28: “Dirty Dancing”

Habana Outpost

Enjoy Mexican cuisine in the yard of this Fort Greene restaurant while watching a movie projected onto its outside wall, on Sunday nights through the end of October. This year’s roster includes “West Side Story,” “Rocky,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Ghostbusters,” and — for Halloween, of course — “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Movie Night at Habana Outpost [757 Fulton St., the corner of Fulton and South Portland in Fort Greene, (718) 858–9500, www.cafehabana.com/brooklyn]. Sundays through Oct. 30 at 8 pm. Free.

June 12: “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

June 19: “Flashdance”

June 26: “Trading Places”

July 3: “Rocky”

July 10: “Weird Science”

July 17: “Road House”

July 24: “Saturday Night Fever”

July 31: “Jaws II”

August 7: “Risky Business”

August 14: “Viva Las Vegas”

August 21: “The Last Dragon”

August 28: “House Party”

September 4: “The Karate Kid”

September 11: “¡Three Amigos!”

September 18: “Bulworth”

September 25: “New Jack City”

October 2: “Bloodsport”

October 9: “Shaft”

October 16: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

October 23: “Ghostbusters”

October 30: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

NYC Parks Movies Under the Stars

The official New York City outdoor film series brings a mix of classics (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), family films (“Zootopia”) and blockbuster hits (“Star Wars: the Force Awakens”) to parks all over Brooklyn.

For more info, visit www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies). All screenings at 8:30 pm. Free.

At Carroll Park

(Carroll Street between Court and Smith streets in Carroll Gardens).

June 14: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

At McCarren Park

At the Park’s Pool Deck (Lorimer Street between Bayard Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg)

June 16: “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

June 24: “Rent”

At Fort Greene Park

(The Lawn at Myrtle Avenue and N. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene)

June 17: “Mavis!”

At Owl’s Head Park

(Colonial Road at 68th Street in Bay Ridge)

June 17: “Daddy’s Home”

At Nautilus Playground

(Boardwalk between W. 29th and W. 32nd streets in Coney Island)

June 18: “Despicable Me”

At Herbert Von King Park

(Greene Avenue between Marcy and Tompkins avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant)

June 18: “Crooklyn”

At John Paul Jones Park

(101st St. between Fourth Avenue and Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge)

June 23: “Jurassic World”

At Sunset Park

(Fifth Avenue between 41st and 44th streets in Sunset Park)

June 24: “Selena”

June 30: “Independence Day”

At Mount Prospect Park Lawn

(140 Eastern Pkwy, between Flatbush Avenue and Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights)

June 25: “Norm of the North”

At Coffey Park

(King Street between Richards and Dwight streets in Red Hook)

June 25: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

At Osborn Playground

(Hegeman Avenue at Thatford Avenue in Brownsville)

June 29: “Zootopia”

At Prospect Park

(Prospect Park West at Third Street in Park Slope)

June 29: “Annie Hall”

At Maria Hernandez Park

(Irving Avenue between Suydam and Starr streets in Bushwick)

June 30: “Jurassic World”


Brooklyn parks, music, films, and DJs: just the formula for a magical night at the SummerStage arts festival. This summer, the music series also presents five documentaries: “Afripedia,” and “Queen Nanny” with the African Film Festival, and three profiles of music figures with the media group ImageNation.

At Saratoga Park

[Halsey Street between Howard and Saratoga avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, www.cityparksfoundation.org). Screenings at 7 pm. Free.

June 13: “Afripedia”

June 20: “In My Father’s House”

June 27: “20 Feet From Stardom”

At Betsy Head Park

(Dumont Avenue at Strauss Street in Brownsville, www.cityparksfoundation.org). 7 pm. Free.

June 26: “Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess”

At Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center

(670 Lafayette Ave. between Marcy and Lafayette avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, www.cityparksfoundation.org). 7 pm. Free.

June 28: “What Happened Miss Simone”


The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s summer film festival offers one outdoor screening: “Kiki,” a profile of New York City’s contemporary vogueing scene. A take on “Paris is Burning” for the new millennium, the doc also looks beyond the dances, at the challenges faced by queer youth of color.

“Kiki” at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 (Enter at Furman Street and Old Fulton street in Dumbo, www.bam.org). June 23 at 8 pm. Free.

Films on the Green Festival

The French embassy demonstrates its love for Brooklyn with a short outdoor festival, takes over Transmitter Park for two Friday nights to show Luc Besson’s film “Subway” and François Truffaut’s iconic “The 400 Blows,” both in French with English sub-titles.

Films on the Green at Transmitter Park (West Street between Kent Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint, www.frenchculture.org.). Friday, June 24 and July 1 at 8:30 pm. Free.

June 24: “Subway”

July 1: “The 400 Blows”

Narrows Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and settle onto the lawn of the Narrows Botanical Garden for a night of (mostly) family-friendly movies. Featured films include “Night at the Museum,” “Grease,” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”

Movie Nights at Narrows Botanical Gardens [464 Bay Ridge Ave. in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–4810, www.narrowsbg.org]. Select Fridays June 24 through Sept. 9 at 8:30 pm.

June 24: “Night At The Museum”

July 8: “Grease”

July 29: “Rear Window”

August 26: “Despicable Me”

September 9: “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” at 7:45 pm


Brooklyn’s longest running film and music series will premiere with the self-aware slasher flick “Scream,” on July 6, and continues to unspool with other cult classics. Every show will also have live music, and food and drinks from local vendors.

McCarren Park [N. 12th St. between Bedford and Berry avenues in Williamsburg, www.summerscreen.org]. Wednesdays, July 6–Aug. 10. Music starts at 6 pm, movies at 8:30 pm. Free.

July 6: “Scream”

July 13: “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle”

July 20: “The Fast and The Furious”

July 27: “10 Things I Hate About You”

August 3: “The Royal Tenenbaums”

August 10: Public vote

Movies With A View

Get a view of the Manhattan skyline along with your film, when you spread a blanket on the broad expanse of Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The screenings begin on July 7 with the classic musical “Singin’ In The Rain.” For the final screening of the series, the public can vote between “The Sandlot,” “Milk,” or “La Bamba.”

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 [enter at Furman and Old Fulton streets in Dumbo, (718) 222–9939, www.brooklynbridgepark.org]. Thursdays, July 7–Aug. 25. Lawn opens 6 pm, film at sunset. Free.

July 7: “Singin’ 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: Public vote

Midweek Movie Escapes

This family-friendly movie series settles into Downtown’s Metrotech Commons every Wednesday night in July. Popcorn is on the house — you just need to show up at sundown to enjoy the flicks.

Metrotech Commons [5 MetroTech Center, between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue Downtown, www.downtownbrooklyn.com]. Wednesdays, July 6–27 at sundown. Free.

July 6: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

July 13: “Star Wars: A New Hope”

July 20: “The Incredibles”

July 27: “Goonies”

Flicks on the beach

Settle on the sand for a night of cinema by the surf, projected onto an inflatable 40-foot screen on the Coney Island beach. Free entertainment starts at 7:30 pm, and the screenings begin at sunset.

On Coney Island Beach (Near the Boardwalk at W. 10th St., www.coneyislandfunguide.com). Monday, July 11–Aug. 22 at dusk. Free.

July 11: “Jurassic World”

July 18: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

July 25: “Inside Out”

Aug. 1: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Aug. 8: Rooftop Shorts: short films about New York City

Aug. 15: “Purple Rain”

Aug. 22: “Creed”

Red hook flicks

This Tuesday night film series on the Red Hook waterfront has views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Screenings will start on July 12 — if the group can raise $4,000 from its GoFundMe page in time.

On Valentino Pier (Coffey Street at Ferris Street in Red Hook, www.redhookflicks.com). Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, July 12–Aug. 30. Free.

July 12: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

July 19: “Purple Rain”

July 26: “The Lego Movie”

Aug. 2: “Beverly Hills Cop”

Aug. 9: “Reservoir Dogs”

Aug. 16: “Pitch Perfect”

Aug. 23: “Labyrinth”

Aug. 30: “Aliens”

Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

The beloved summer music series in Prospect Park, run by Fort Greene’s Bric Arts Media, also offers three film screenings this summer — “Triplets of Belleville,” “Run Lola Run,” and “Labyrinth.” The screening of David Bowie’s fantastical maze musical will feature a pre-show performance by Donny McCaslin Group, who backed Bowie on his final album “Blackstar.”

Prospect Park bandshell (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb). July 14 at 8 pm, Aug. 4 and Aug. 10 at 7:30 pm. Free.

July 14: “Triplets of Belleville”

Aug. 4: “Run Lola Run”

Aug. 10: “Labyrinth”

NYC Parks Classic Film Series

Revisit the glory of Old Hollywood with this series of classic films starring Kirk Douglas and Sidney Poitier.

At Target Brooklyn Community Garden

[933 Bedford Ave. at Willoughby Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (212) 333–2552, www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies]. 8 pm. Free.

August 10: “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers”

August 17: “Young Man with a Horn”

At Jane Bailey Memorial Garden

[Greene Avenue at Franklin Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies]. 8 pm. Free.

August 24: “Buck and the Preacher”

August 31: “Paris Blues”

This is not the vampire you’re looking for: “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” plays in Narrows Botanical Garden this summer.

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