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Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

Browse our list of drive-in and outdoor movies in NYC and nearby, and be on your way to summer film fun.

During the pandemic, drive-in and outdoor movie experiences made a comeback. And now—they seem to be here to stay! There are many family-friendly outdoor movies and drive-ins in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey and upstate New York. From classic drive-in experiences outdoors to movies in the park, there's a family flick happening in just about every community throughout the city and nearby. Browse our list of drive-in and outdoor movies in NYC and nearby, and be on your way to summer film fun!

RELATED: Find 100+ ideas for summer fun in the Family Fun Guide!

Outdoor Movies in NYC 

Movies Under the Stars

Various public parks across NYC
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Cost: Free
Bring beach chairs or blankets to watch movies under the stars in your local park! The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks  bring film screenings to public parks and playgrounds across all five boroughs throughout the summer. Enjoy all-time favorites—including Soul, Encanto, Space Jam: A New Legacy and many more—all summer long for free! Visit the parks website for details on dates, times, and locations of screenings.

Skyline Drive-In 

1 Oak St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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Cost: $55 per car (up to 7 passengers); $65 VIP Car Experience; $35, motorcycle; $19.50, single outdoor seat

This drive-in movie theater in NYC has a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. Visit the Skyline Drive-In website and pick the movie you want to see and you can listen to the movie's sound through your car's stereo. There are outdoor speakers as well. You can bring your own chair or rent one if you don't have a car. 

Movies with a View

Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Cost: Free, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis

In addition to enjoying a movie screening at this popular event in Brooklyn Bridge Park, moviegoers can enjoy food and beverages from Smorgasburg vendors, a pre-screening DJ set selected by Brooklyn Radio, and a short film by local filmmakers selected by BAM Film. Plus, there will be a free bike valet to park your bikes. The theme for this year's Movies with a View is Away We Go. Movies are on Thursdays, July 7-Aug. 25; 6pm:

  • July 7: Before Sunrise

  • July 14: The Bourne Identity

  • July 21: Crazy Rich Asians

  • July 28: How Stella Got Her Groove Back

  • Aug. 4: Jurassic Park

  • Aug. 11: Thelma and Louise

  • Aug. 18: The Mitchells vs. the Machines

  • Aug. 25: Public choice (Back to the Future, Mamma Mia!, Mission Impossible)

Movie Nights in Bryant Park 

Bryant Park, between 40 and 42 Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan
Cost: Free
The summer schedule features 10 screenings on Mondays throughout the summer. The lawn opens at 5pm, and movies begin at 8pm. Movie-goers can purchase beer, wine and snacks by Stout NYC. The schedule: 

  • June 27: Hairspray (2007)

  • July 4: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

  • July 11: Wayne's World 2

  • July 18: Scream 2

  • July 25: Beverly Hills Cop 2

  • Aug. 1: Star Trek: First Contact 

  • Aug. 8: Grease 2

  • Aug. 15: The Godfather: Part II

Randall's Island Park Movie Nights

20 Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free
Enjoy a movie night at Randall's Island Park. Movies begin at 8 pm. 

  • July 10: Encanto (there's also a picnic event that begins at 6pm)

  • July 17: Dune

  • Aug. 12: Eternals (there's also a picnic event that begins at 6pm)

  • Aug. 21: Zootopia (there's also a picnic event that begins at 6pm)

Films on the Green 

Various parks throughout NYC
Cost: Free
These films are in French with English subtitles. The series is a French film festival produced annually in city parks by Villa Albertine, the French Embassy, NYC Parks and FACE Foundation. Films begin at sunset (8:30pm in June and July, and 7:30pm in September). The schedule:

  • June 24: Le Capitan (Transmitter Park, Brooklyn)

  • July 1: Touchez pas au Grisbi (Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan)

  • July 8: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Seward Park, Manhattan)

  • July 13: Fever Mounts at El Pao (J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan)

  • July 15: The Class (Seward Park, Manhattan)

  • July 22: Mandabi (Riverside Park, Pier 1, Manhattan)

  • July 29: Delicacy (Riverside Park Pier 1, Manhattan)

  • Sept. 8: The Velvet Queen (Columbia University, Manhattan)

  • Sept. 9: Eleanor's Secret (McGolrick Park, Brooklyn)

Governors Island Film Series

Get to the island by taking the ferry from Manhattan at 10 South St. Boats run daily.
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Cost: Free
Governors Island Arts and Film at Lincoln Center bring back their free outdoor film series that will take place on the island's historic Parade Ground—an expansive eight-acre lawn with wide-open views of Lower Manhattan. Movies start at dusk, pre-show activities at 7pm:

  • July 1:  Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Aug. 5: The Wiz 

Outdoor Movies in Long Island

Town of Oyster Bay Summer Movies by Moonlight

Town of Oyster Bay
Cost: Free; limited to residents only
The Town of Oyster Bay is bringing back its Movies by Moonlight summer movie series, held at various parks throughout the town. The series is limited to residents on a first-come, first served basis. Vehicles will be admitted starting at 6pm, and movies will begin at dusk.

  • July 7: The Little Mermaid (Harry Tappen Beach, Glenwood Landing)

  • July 14: Encanto (Marjorie R. Post Community Park, Massapequa)

  • July 21: Frozen II (Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach, Oyster Bay)

  • July 28: Luca (Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Farmingdale)

  • Aug. 4: Clifford the Big Red Dog (Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, Plainview)

  • Aug. 11: Sing 2 (Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, Woodbury)


Costello's Ace Hardware & Garden Center of Copiague, 705 Montauk Highway, Copiague
Cost: By donation; tickets for raffles are also available
Once a month, the hardware store hosts a drive-in movie as a fundraiser for KiDS NEED More, benefitting kids with life-threatening illness. Movies begin at 8:30pm. The next movie is Jungle Cruise on June 25. More movies to be announced, but other dates include: July 30, Aug. 28, Sept. 24, Oct. 29 and Dec. 3. 

Club 454’s Movies Under the Stars 

Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville
Cost: $25 per car; $20 pre-pay online.

This fundraiser is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 454. All movies will start at sunset, and the lot opens at 6:30pm. Upcoming movies include:
July 17: The Goonies

  •  July 16: Wreck-it Ralph

  •  Aug. 27: Sing 2

  •  Sept. 24: Grease

  •  Oct. 29: Double feature where you pay one price and stay for two: Hotel Transylvania 2 and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Jamesport Farm Brewery

5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead
Cost: TBA
The brewery will announce more details for its Movies Under the Stars events planned for this summer and fall. 

Town of Huntington Drive-In Movies

Various locations
Cost: Call for information.
Movies start at 8:30pm. The schedule:

  • July 13: Spider-Man (Crab Meadow Beach)

  • July 27: Grease (Quentin Sammis West Neck Beach)

  • Aug. 3: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dix Hills Park)

  • Aug. 10: Black Panther (Huntington Senior Center)

  • Aug. 17: Encanto (Huntington Senior Center)

Town of North Hempstead Movies in the Park

Various locations
Cost: Call for information.
Summer in North Hempstead is gearing up for fun with these movies in the park. The schedule:

  • June 28: Encanto (9pm; Martin “Bunky” Reid Park)

  • July 12: Wreck it Ralph (9pm; Gerry Pond Park)

  • July 26: Sing 2 (8:30pm; Charles J. Fuschillo Park)

  • Aug. 9: Cruella (8:30pm; Whitney Pond Park)

  • Aug. 23: Marry Me (8pm; Clark Botanic Garden)

Movie Night at the Beach

Callahan's Beach, Fort Salonga
Cost: $15; register in advance
See the movie Encanto on the big screen at the beach on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7pm. 

Town of Babylon Outdoor Movies 

Tanner Park Bandshell
Cost: Free for town residents.
Bring snacks, chairs and blankets to enjoy this outdoor movie series this summer. The schedule:

  • July 11: The Mighty Ducks (after sunset, approximately 8:35pm)

  • July 18: Moana (after sunset, approximately 8:30pm)

  • July 25: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (after sunset, approximately 8:25pm)

  • Aug. 1: Shark Tale (after sunset, approximately 8:20pm)

MOVIE LOT at Westfield South Shore Mall

1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore
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Stay tuned...the Movie Lot will be announcing upcoming show information! 

Outdoor Movies in Upstate New York

Warwick Drive-In

5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick
Cost: $12; $8 children ages 4-11
This upstate staple now has several screens. Cooked food such as hot dogs and hamburgers, snacks and drinks are available. See website for showtimes.

The Four Brothers Drive-In

4957 NY-22, Amenia
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Cost: $15 per car and driver general admission; $16 for double feature; $13 adults; $9 Children ages 5-10; $9 seniors.
Four Brothers Pizza has its own drive-in theater, which now shows new releases, throwback classics, indie films. Movie-goers can order food from the restaurant's menu and have it delivered to their cars. Check the website for an updated schedule of movies.

Overlook Drive-In Theatre

126 Degarmo Rd., Poughkeepsie
Cost: $12; $8 children ages 5-11; free for kids younger than 5

This family-owned theater has been open since 1955. It features a large, outdoor movie screen and an extensive menu of hot foods, snacks and drinks. Check the website for updates to the schedule. Upcoming movies include:


  • June 24, 25 and 26: Jurassic World Dominion (approximately 8:45pm)

  • June 24, 25 and 26: Top Gun: Maverick (approximately 11:10pm)

Fair Oaks Drive-In Movie Theater

365 Bloomingburg Rd., Middletown
Cost: $30 per car; $12; $8 children and seniors
Enjoy summer movie nights at this outdoor movie theater in upstate New York. Upcoming movies include Top Gun: Maverick, Lightyear, Elvis and more. Check the website for the schedule

Drive-In and Outdoor Movies in New Jersey

Avalon Recreation Department's Beach Movies 

30th Street and the Beach
Cost: Free
Enjoy a great lineup of popular movies throughout the summer. Movies begin at dusk. The schedule:

  • June 28: Spider-Man: No Way Home 

  • July 5: Top Gun

  • July 12: Space Jam: A New Legacy

  • July 19: Dolittle (2020)

  • July 26: The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Aug. 2: Jaws

  • Aug. 9: The Greatest Showman

  • Aug. 16: The Sandlot

  • Aug. 23: Aladdin (2019)

  • Aug. 30: Casablanca

Barnegat Summer Drive-In Movies 

Barnegat High School; 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat, NJ
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Cost: Call for information.
Summers at the Jersey Shore are fun, and they're even better with a drive-in movie! Take a break from the beach for a bit, and check out a family flick in Barnegat. All movies begin at dusk. The schedule: 

  • June 28: How to Train Your Dragon

  • July 12: Luca

  • July 26: American Graffiti

  • Aug. 9: Back to the Future

  • Aug. 23: Encanto

  • Sept. 17: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

  • Oct. 22: Hocus Pocus (lawn movie 6pm on the Edwards School Football Field)


Billian Legion Park Drive-In Movies 

548 E. Main St., Bound Brook, NJ
Cost: Free
There is so much to do in Central New Jersey, from the Bridgewater Commons shopping center to exciting cafes and restaurants and also...a drive-in experience in the park! Head to Billian Legion Park to round out your family fun day in New Jersey with an outdoor movie under the stars. The next movie screening is Encanto on July 16. Gates open at 7:30pm, and the movie starts between 8:30-8:50pm. 

The Delsea Drive-In 

2203 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland
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Cost: $12.50, plus tax and fee; free for children ages 3 and younger
This popular drive-in was once the only one in New Jersey. Movies here are always a double feature, sometimes a triple feature! The drive-in is currently open on weekends, and updated movie features can be found on its Facebook page. Thursday hours are added dependent upon demand. 

Freehold Movie Night 

Hall of Records in Downtown Freehold
Cost: Call for information.
Bring some snacks and lawn chairs and head to Freehold for a fun family movie night. Movies are on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. The schedule: 

  • June 29: Karate Kid (1984)

  • July 6: Sixteen Candles (1984)

  • July 13: Blinded by the Light (2019)

  • July 20: Home Alone (1990)

  • July 27: Grease (1978)

  • Aug. 3: The Lion King (1994)

  • Aug. 10: Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

  • Aug. 17: Captain Underpants (2017)

  • Aug. 24: Men in Black (1997)

Jenkinson's Boardwalk Free Movies at the Beach

300 Ocean Ave. Point Pleasant, NJ
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Cost: Free
Bring a blanket and head to this Jersey Shore hotspot for movies at the beach! Movies are on Tuesdays at dark. Check the website for updates. 

Movies in the Park 

Mayo Park
Cost: Call for information.
Beachwood Recreation is bringing back their popular Movies in the Park Series. Movies start at sundown, but concessions open at 7:30pm. The schedule:

  • July 15: Clifford the Big Red Dog

  • July 29: Spongebob Squarepants

  • Aug. 12: Dog

  • Aug. 26: Luca

  • Sept. 9: Encanto

  • Sept. 23: Sing 2

  • Oct. 7: Addams Family 2

  • Oct. 14: Halloweentown

Wildwood Movies in the Plaza

Byrne Plaza; 3400 Pacific Ave., Wildwood
Cost: Free 

Bring the family to a free movie under the stars in Wildwood! Movies are held Tuesdays in the summer at sunset, around 8:30pm. This week's movie:

  • June 28: Bambi

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