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

A comprehensive guide to this summer’s remaining outdoor films

Who needs air-conditioning? 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 11th year, screens feature films, documentaries, and short film anthologies at five different locations in Brooklyn. Not all the locations are actually on roofs, but every screening starts with a live music performance, and they often end with drinks and a dance party.

At the William Vale

(111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.rooftopfilms.com). $15.

July 25: “The Incredible Jessica James”

At the Old American Can Factory

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

July 14: “The Strange Ones”

Aug. 4: “California Dreams”

At Industry City

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

July 20: “Seattle Short Films” (Free with RSVP)

July 27: “Animation Block Party”

July 28: “Dayveon”

Aug. 19: “Rooftop Shots” short films

Pizza Wine Movie Night Rooftop Reds

The elevated vineyard Rooftop Reds, on top of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will host a “Pizza Wine Movie Night” every Thursday this summer. Your $30 ticket gets you two slices of pizza, one glass of wine, and access to the rooftop screening. The wine makers plan to show ’80s films in June, chick flicks in July, sci-fi movies in Aug., and classics in September.

Pizza Wine Movie Night at Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 275 [enter at Sands Street and Navy Street, (703) 582–8609, www.rooftopreds.com]. Thursdays through Sept. 28. $30.

July 6: “Bridesmaids”

July 13: “Clueless”

July 20: “Beaches”

July 27: “Dirty Dancing”

Aug. 3: “Tron” (1982)

Aug. 10: “Wall-E”

Habana Outpost

Enjoy Mexican food and frozen margaritas at 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 “Blazing Saddles,” “Coming to America,” and “Pulp Fiction”

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.

July 2: “Dead Presidents”

July 9: “History of the World”

July 16: “Jailhouse Rock”

July 23: “Stir Crazy”

July 30: “Friday”

Aug. 6: “White Men Can’t Jump”

Aug. 13: “Flashdance”

Aug. 20: “Life”

Aug. 27: “Coming to America”

September 3: “Mary Poppins”

September 10: “Pulp Fiction”

September 17: “Airplane”

September 24: “Brewster’s Millions”

October 1: “Beverley Hills Cop”

October 8: “Scarface”

October 15: “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything”

October 22: “Super Man II”

October 29: “The Addams Family”

Mister Dips Cinema

The Mister Dips ice cream and burger stand at the William Vale hosts a monthly of classic “summer films.”

The William Vale (111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.thewilliamvale.com). Third Tuesdays at 7 pm. Free.

July 18: “Dazed and Confused”

Aug. 22: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”

Sept. 19: “Wet Hot American Summer”

Films on the Green Festival

The French embassy demonstrates its love for Brooklyn with a short outdoor festival, taking over Transmitter Park to show Jean-Luc Goodard’s “Contempt (Le Mepris),” 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 30 at 8:30 pm. Free.

June 30: “Contempt (Le Mepris)”

Narrows Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and settle onto the lawn of the Narrows Botanical Garden on select Friday nights for an old classic or an animated film (or both). The animal-themed offerings include “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds,” “Bee Movie,” and “Planet of the Apes.”

Movie Nights at Narrows Botanical Gardens (Shore Road at 71st Street in Bay Ridge, www.narrowsbg.org). Select Fridays June 23 through Sept. 8 at 8:30 pm. Free.

July 7: “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds”

July 28: “Buddy”

Aug. 25: “Bee Movie”

September 8: “Planet of the Apes” at 8 pm

Our Wicked Lady

The Bushwick music spot opens its roof every Monday for a mix of cult favorites, 1980s classics, and music-driven films. The screenings start at 8:30 pm, but show up early to get a prime spot and take advantage of the happy hour, which ends at 7 pm.

Free Rootop Movie Mondays at Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave. at Meserole Street in Bushwick, www.ourwickedlady.com). Mondays, June 19–Sept. 25 at 8:30 pm. Free.

July 3: “Team America: World Police”

July 10: “Sin City”

July 17: “The Princess Bride”

July 24: “Rock & Roll High School”

July 31: “Fight Club”

Aug. 7: “Moonwalker”

Aug. 14: “Sid & Nancy”

Aug. 21: “The Fifth Element”

Aug. 28: “Labyrinth”

Who is that masked man?: “Mad Max: Fury Road” will screen in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 17, part of a group of films with a theme of resisting authority.

Sept. 4: “Transformers: the Movie” (1986)

Sept. 11: “Repo Man”

Sept. 18: “Velvet Goldmine”

Sept. 25: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”


Brooklyn’s longest running film and music series will premiere with the teenage classic comedy, “Mean Girls” on July 5, and continues to show cult hit movies from the late-90’s to early aughts. Each 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 5–Aug. 9. Music starts at 6 pm, movies at 8:30 pm. Free.

July 5: “Mean Girls”

July 12: “Office Space”

July 19: “Donnie Darko”

July 26: “Selena”

Aug. 2: “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Aug. 9: Public vote

Movies at Metrotech

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 5–26 at sundown. Free.

July 5: “Madagascar“

July 12: “Finding Dory”

July 19: “A Bug’s Life”

July 26: “Zootopia”

Movies With A View

Get a view of the beautiful 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 cult classic “Office Space.”

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 [enter at Furman and Old Fulton streets in Dumbo, (718) 222–9939, www.brooklynbridgepark.org]. Thursdays, July 6–Aug. 24. Lawn opens 6 pm, film at sunset. Free.

July 6: “Office Space”

July 13: “Pariah”

July 20: “Casablanca”

July 27: “The Lego Movie”

Aug. 3: “9 to 5”

Aug. 10: “Selma”

Aug. 17: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Aug. 24: Public Vote

Coney Island Flicks at the Beach

Watch a film with your toes in the sand at Coney Islands’s “Flicks at the Beach” series! On Mondays in July and August, the Alliance for Coney Island will inflate a giant screen on the beach and project a movie at sunset. Those two film titles you don’t recognize? “Landline” and “Crown Heights” are new titles from sponsor Amazon studios, and will get a sneak peek here before coming to theaters later this summer.

July 10: “Beauty and The Beast”

July 17: “Landline”

July 24: “Finding Dory”

July 31: “La La Land”

Aug. 7: “Get Out”

Aug. 14: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Aug. 21: “Crown Heights”

Aug. 28: “Star Wars: Rogue One”

Red Hook Flicks

Travel by foot, bus, bike, or boat to the end of Red Hook for Summer Movies on the Pier, where you can enjoy a free flick projected on a 19th century warehouse, with New York harbor in the background. Each night is sponsored by a different local bar or restaurant, any of which makes a fine stop after the show.

Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Pier (Coffey Street and Ferris Street in Red Hook, www.redhookflicks.com). Tuesdays, July 11–Aug. 29 at 8:30 pm. Free.

July 11: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

July 18: “Straight Outta Compton”

July 25: “Zootopia”

Aug. 1: “Napolean Dynamite”

Aug. 8: “Ghost Dog”

Aug. 15: “Donnie Darko”

Aug. 22: “Minions”

Aug. 29: “Armageddon”

Fab Flicks

BAMcinématek partners with the Fulton Area Business Alliance to bring a series of free musical films to Putnam Triangle Plaza.

Putnam Triangle Plaza (Fulton Street at Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill, www.faballiance.org). Thursdays, July 6–27 at 8 pm. Free.

July 6: “La Bamba”

July 13: “20 Feet From Stardom”

July 20: “Searching For Sugarman”

July 27: “Dreamgirls”

Summer Movies Under the Stars

Head to Prospect Park in the height of summer for Wednesday nights of family-friendly music and movies, chosen by Nitehawk Cinema and presented by Borough President Adams. Don’t miss “Moonrise Kingdom” on Aug. 2, preceded by music from the soundtrack wizards Morricone Youth.

Prospect Park’s Long Meadow North (enter at Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway, www.prospectpark.org). Wednesdays, July 19–Aug. 9 at 7 pm, screenings at sundown.

July 19: “The Neverending Story”

July 26: “The Sandlot”

Aug. 2: “Moonrise Kingdom”

Aug. 9: “Zootopia”

Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

The beloved summer music series in Prospect Park also offers three film screenings this summer — “Maciste All’Inferno” “Creed,” and “Selma,” each with a live music accompaniment. First up is the 1925 silent film “Maciste All-Inferno” with music from Sex Mob and an opening set from Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.

Prospect Park bandshell (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb). July 27, Aug. 4, and Aug. 10 at 7:30 pm. Free.

July 27: “Maciste All-Inferno”

Aug. 4: “Creed”

Aug. 10: “Selma”

Scouting the way: The sweet Wes Anderson film “Moonrise Kingdom” will screen in Prospect Park on Aug. 2.

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