Green screens: A guide to outdoor films in Brooklyn

Green screens: A guide to outdoor films in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s outdoor film season is in full swing! Open spaces all over the borough are filled with film screenings, so grab a picnic blanket, popcorn, and maybe some bug spray to watch your favorite movie stars while under the stars:

Narrows Botanical Gardens

Narrows Botanical Gardens offers all-ages animated flicks and action movies every other Friday night this summer. Note to visitors to Bay Ridge: the New York City Ferry stop is just a few blocks away.

On the Great Lawn [enter at Shore Road and 71st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–4810, www.narrowsbg.org/events]. Every other Friday at 8:45 p.m. Free.

July 12: “Wreck-It Ralph”

July 26: “Vertigo”

Aug. 16: “Wonder Woman”

Aug. 23: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”


This kid-friendly film series brings a different animated film, superhero movie, or musical to a Greenpoint Park each Friday.

At Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Avenue at the East River in Greenpoint, www.townsquarebk.org). Fridays at 8 p.m. Free.

July 12: “The Incredibles 2”

July 19: “Aquaman”

July 26: “Coco”

Aug. 2: “Mamma Mia!”

Aug. 9: “How to Train Your Dragon 3”

Aug. 16: “Captain Marvel”

Rooftop Films

This outdoor film series focuses on independent films, offering New York premieres of Sundance favorites and a first look at upcoming Netflix films. Both free and paid screenings happen all over the borough. Bands play before each screening, and after-parties often follow the paid events.

At Industry City Courtyard 5-6 (enter at 51 35th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, www.rooftopfilms.com). Music at 8:30 p.m. Film at 9 p.m. $16.

July 12: “Saint Frances”

July 13: “Mickey and the Bear”

July 18: “The Great Hack”

At Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, (718) 210–3080, www.green-wood.com]. Music at 8:30 p.m. Film at 9 p.m. $16.

July 19: “The Pine Barrens”

August 2: “Cemetery Shorts”

August 23: “Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2019”

At Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th St. at First Avenue in Sunset Park, www.rooftopfilms.com). Music at 7:30 p.m. Film at 8 p.m. Free.

July 20: “Ash is Purest White”

At the William Vale (111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue, 23rd floor, in Williamsburg, www.thewilliamvale.com). Music at 7:45 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m. $16.

July 23: “Love is Short (Films)”

July 31: “Yes, God, Yes”

August 21: “Greener Grass”

At Fort Greene Park (Washington Park at Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene, www.rooftopfilms.com). Music at 8 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m. Free.

July 25: “Well Groomed”

At Murmrr Theatre (17 Eastern Pkwy. between Grand Army Plaza and Underhill Avenue, www.murmrr.com). No music. Film at 8 p.m. $25 ($20 in advance).

August 17: “Sonic Youth: NYC and Beyond”

Red Hook Flicks

The annual film series at the end of Red Hook is going back to the 1980s, with a lineup of classic flicks from the Reagan Era. Shows start at 8:30 p.m., but you should come out a little early and claim your spot on the pier, which also offers a great view of the sunset and Lady Liberty.

At Valentino Pier (enter at Coffey and Ferris streets in Red Hook, www.redhookflicks.com). Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Free.

July 16: “Major League”

July 23: “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”

July 30: “The Terminator”

August 6: “Real Genius”

August 13: “The Dark Crystal”

August 20: “Boys N the Hood”

August 27: “Red Dawn”

Summer Movies Under the Stars

This summer film series in Brooklyn’s Backyard, presented by Borough President Adams, the Prospect Park Alliance, and Nitehawk Cinema, focuses on female filmmakers, featuring three family-friendly movies written by women. Each night will start at 7 p.m. with music from local acts; the films will start at sundown (about 8:30 p.m.).

At Prospect Park’s Long Meadow (enter at Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park West, www.prospectpark.org/summermovies). Wednesdays at sundown.

July 17: “Brave”

July 24: “Love and Basketball”

July 31: “Babe: Pig in the City”

Outdoor Cinema

Gowanus bar Parklife takes advantage of its giant patio to screen free films every Wednesday night. Before each show is a “John Trivialta” a round of trivia questions about movies (and sometimes John Travolta).

At Parklife (636 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.parklifebk.com). Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Free.

July 17: “Edge of Tomorrow”

July 24: “Waiting for Guffman”

July 31: “Space Balls”

Aug. 7: “Trading Places”

Aug. 14: “Casino Royale”

Aug. 21: “The Princess Bride”

Aug. 28: “Shaun of the Dead”

Sept. 4: “Beetlejuice

Sept. 11: “Dazed and Confused

Sept. 18: “Moonstruck

Sept. 25: Viewer’s choice between “Tropic Thunder,” “Black Panther,” and “Lock, Stock, and Tow Smoking Barrels”

FAB Flicks

Fulton Area Businesses has teamed up with the Brooklyn Academy of Music to curate the perfect musical movie playlist, showing every other Thursday.

At Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center (650 Fulton St. at Lafayette Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, www.faballiance.org/events). At 8:30 p.m. Free.

July 18: “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary”

August 1: “Almost Famous”

August 15: “School Daze”

Movies With a View

Brooklyn Bridge Park has offered its summer film series, with the Manhattan skyline as a stunning backdrop, since 2000. This season, titled “Better the Second Time Around” features audience favorites from the last 20 years. Before and during the show, Smorgasburg offers food and drinks from tents at the bottom of the viewing lawn.

At Pier One’s Harbor View Lawn (enter at Furman and Old Fulton streets in Dumbo, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). Thursdays, lawn opens at 6:30 p.m.; films start at sundown. Free.

July 18: “Girlfight”

July 25: “It Happened One Night”

Aug. 1: “Crooklyn”

Aug. 8: “The Big Lebowski”

Aug. 15: “An American Tail”

Aug. 22: “Selma”

Aug. 29: Public Vote between “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” “Groundhog Day,” or “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Flicks on the Beach

The Coney Island Alliance presents its seventh annual movie series, presented on an inflatable screen on the beach. There are only three feature films this summer, but they are all blockbusters! Bring a beach towel or a blanket and find your plot on the sand — and if you get hungry, the carry-out food from the Boardwalk is just a few steps away.

On the Coney Island Beach (at West 12th Street between the Boardwalk and the water in Coney Island, www.coneyislandfunguide.com). Every other Monday at sundown (about 8:30 p.m.). Free.

July 22: “The Incredibles 2”

August 5: “A Star is Born”

August 26: “Avengers: End Game”

Movie night: The “Movies with a View” series will screen in Brooklyn Bridge Park each Thursday night through Aug. 29.
Etienne Frossard