50 free outdoor movies in Boston to watch this summer
As Boston-area moviegoers have begun returning to regular theaters after more than two years of COVID-19[feminine]city officials will once again be offering a significant number of outdoor movies in Boston now that summer has officially arrived.
You will still need to purchase a ticket at traditional drive-ins like the Mendon Twin Drive-Inthe Drive-in Wellfleetor the Northfield Drive-In Drive-In to see the latest outdoor blockbusters, of course. But all over the Boston area, you’ll be able to see a mix of fairly recent movies and certified classics for free at outdoor movie screenings.
Here are all the outdoor movies in Boston (and surrounding cities) scheduled for this summer. If you know of any other Boston outdoor movies not on this list, email [email protected].
The Boston Harbor Hotel “Summer in the City” Event Series brings live music to Rowe’s Wharf three nights a week, Tuesday through Thursday. From Friday through August 26, the hotel runs evening entertainment in the cinema, with a mix of family films and adult fare shown on a screen overlooking the water.
June 24: “Jaws” (Twilight)
July 8: “Sing” (Twilight)
July 15: “Grease”
July 22: “The Wizard of Oz” (Twilight)
July 29: “Luca” (Twilight)
August 5: “Crazy Rich Asians” (Twilight)
August 12: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Twilight)
August 19: “Encanto” (Twilight)
August 26: “Dune” (Twilight)
Beginning June 24, the USS Constitution Museum will host a series of free screenings aboard the Old Ironsides, with crew members screening nautical-themed films for guests on the ship’s upper deck. Due to size constraints, screenings are on a first-come, first-served basis. From 7:30-8:30 p.m., guests will hear public historian Carl Herzog discuss the history of the USS Constitution and how it relates to the film of that night.
June 24: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (8:30 p.m.)
July 15: “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” (8:30 p.m.)
August 20: “Captain Phillips” (8:30 p.m.)
In conjunction with the Roxbury International Film Festivalwhich takes place from June 23 to July 2, the Museum of Fine Arts will offer a free screening from the 1997 film “Love Jones” on her Huntington Avenue lawn. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, food and soft drinks.
June 28: “Love Jones” (8 p.m.)
Cambridge’s booming business district, Cambridge Crossing (CX), is teaming up with the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square to bring outdoor movies at the Maria Baldwin Open Space this summer. Each evening will feature a doubleheader, with a PG movie starting at 5:30 p.m. and a PG-13 movie at 7:30 p.m. Each guest can also enjoy complimentary popcorn and water while supplies last.
June 30: “Moana” (5:30 p.m.) and “School of Rock” (7:30 p.m.)
July 28: “Encanto” (5:30 p.m.) and “Mrs. Doutefeu” (7:30 p.m.)
The Coolidge Corner Theater and the Museum of Science Boston are teaming up for a series of outdoor screenings which also serve as educational opportunities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You might not think a “Fast and the Furious” movie would count as a learning experience, but presentations of the films by science experts promise to be both informative and entertaining. The three-part series began earlier in June, and there will be two films remaining in total, one in July and one in August.
July 13: “Tremors” (8 p.m.)
August 10: “Fast Five” (8 p.m.)
From July 17 to August 21, you can go see a film every Sunday evening at dusk sitting by the water at Christopher Columbus Park. Films will begin around 7:30 p.m. each evening.
July 17: “The Sandlot” (7:30 p.m.)
July 24: “Dirty Dancing” (7:30 p.m.)
July 31: “Philadelphia History” (7:30 p.m.)
August 7: “Meet the Parents” (7:30 p.m.)
August 14: “Selma” (7:30 p.m.)
August 21: “Batman Begins” (7:30 p.m.)
Sandcastles aren’t the only fun you’ll find on Revere Beach during the summer months. For six Thursdays in July and August, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a special screening, with music, food and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and the movie starting at 8 p.m.
July 1: “Jaws” (8 p.m.)
July 8: “Toy Story 4” (8 p.m.)
July 15: “Monsters University” (8 p.m.)
July 29: “The Karate Kid” (8 p.m.)
August 5: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (8 p.m.)
August 12: “Frozen” (8 p.m.)
Every Saturday from July 9, you can enjoy free movies for the whole family at Prudential Center South Garden. Movies start at dusk, and if you spend $10 at any restaurant in the Prudential Center, you’ll get a discount on parking at the Pru.
July 9: “Encanto” (Twilight)
July 16: “Shrek” (Twilight)
July 23: “The Parent Trap” (Twilight)
July 30: “Luca” (Twilight)
August 6: “Space Jam” (Twilight)
August 13: “Tangled” (Twilight)
August 20: “Sing 2” (Twilight)
August 27: “Trolls: World Tour” (Twilight)
From August 2 to September 1, you can catch free outdoor movies in every neighborhood in Boston, thanks to the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation. Each night will take place in a different Boston neighborhood and all shows will begin at dusk, around 7:45 p.m.
August 2: “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”, Jamaica Pond – Pinebank (Jamaica Way to Moraine Street, Jamaica Plain)
August 9: “Sing 2”, Healy Playground (160 Florence Street, Roslindale)
August 15: “Luca”, East Boston Memorial Park (143 Porter St.)
August 16: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Ronan Park (92 Mt. Ida Road, Dorchester)
August 17: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, Marcella Playground (260 Highland St., Roxbury)
August 22: “Encanto”, Iacono Playground (150 Readville St., Hyde Park)
August 23: “Soul”, Ramsay Park (1917 Washington St., South End)
August 25: “Enacnto”, 55 Winthrop St., Charlestown
August 29: “Raya and the Last Dragon”, Hardiman Playground (360 Faneuil St., Brighton)
August 30: “Soul”, Moakley Park (1005 Columbia Road, South Boston)
September 1: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Boston Common Frog Pond (38 Beacon St., Boston)
Each year, the Asian Community Development Corporation sets up its Films at the Gate Festival in Boston’s Chinatown, offering three nights of kung fu and classic Chinese movies for free starting at 8 p.m. While the festival is free, the organization will ask for donations to support its cultural programming. This year’s festival will take place August 26-28, with the lineup of films to be announced at a later date.
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