Outdoor Movies Guide for NYC Summer 2021

Spend a night with your favorite movie under the stars. Here's your guide to check out the best spots to watch movies outdoors this summer for free.

Updated August 2, 2021. 

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Where: Bryant Park

When: Mondays & Tuesdays 8/23 - 9/28


Every summer, Bryant Park hosts one of the most famous outdoor film series of the year. They have announced their official lineup, including the opening night with Clueless (8/23), Moulin Rouge (9/14), Phantom of the Opera (9/27), and Mrs. Doubtfire (9/28). Check out the full list here!

Movies With A View

Where: Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn

When: Thursdays in August

PHOTO VIA brooklynbridgepark.org

Movies With A View is officially back! This season will return for its 21st year with the theme "Grit," which will include viewings of Shaun of the Dead (8/5), Patti Cake$ (8/12), Akeelah and the Bee (8/19), and Karate Kid (8/26).

Our Wicked Lady

Where: 153 Morgan Ave. | East Williamsburg 

When: Every Monday

PHOTO VIA our wicked lady's facebook

Our Wicked Lady is a Brooklyn favorite, with its stellar rooftop, bar, live music venue, rehearsal space, and more. They’ve been showing movies on their roof every Monday this summer! Upcoming goodies include Scarface, but I’m a Cheerleader, and Bad Boys.

Mottley Kitchen Rooftop Movies Series

Where: Mottley Kitchen | South Bronx

When: Thursdays (see full schedule)


The beloved South Bronx cafe & eatery has revamped its rooftop just in time for sunshine! With rooftop movies, yoga, and community plant swaps, we’re pumped to see what the local fave has in store.

A Summer Movie Under the Stars

Where: Prospect Park | Brooklyn

When: Thursdays in August


The beloved Brooklyn outdoor movie series is back for the month of August! Check the full lineup here, featuring classics like The Goonies and Black Panther.

Skyline Drive-In

Where: Greenpoint | Brooklyn

When: Everyday (see full schedule)

The Skyline Drive-In has one of the best views in the city, let alone its illustrious lineup of films. No car? No prob! The venue now offers outdoor seating as well.

Queens Drive-In

Where: Corona | Queens

When: Everyday (See full schedule)

PHOTO VIA queens drive-in facebook

Catch a sweet flick & help the community while you do it? Yes please! Queens Drive-In boasts a daily lineup of iconic movies & a portion of every ticket sales gets donated to non-profit dedicated to helping the hardest-hit communities throughout the borough. Bonus points for offering C Bao Asian Buns to purchase on-site.

Bel Aire Diner – Dinner and a Movie

Where: Astoria | Queens

When: See full schedule

PHOTO VIA bel aire diner facebook

We love diners. We love movies. To have both together?! That's what Queens' Bel Aire Diner has done and then some. Their Dinner and a Movie series includes a three-course pre-fixe menu and a viewing of a movie in their newly-transformed parking lot.

Looking for other new things to do this summer? We have plenty of ideas ready for you to cross off your list. Check out our Summer Guide for NYC.