Over 70 outdoor films are scheduled to screen in Brooklyn between June and September 2012 Some film festivals run only six weeks; others run from May to September.
Amazingly, you can catch a free film every day of the week through much of this summer in Brooklyn.
You can pick your movie, pick the best day of the week or pick your venue--Prospect Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsburg, even Coney Island or a a rooftop in Fort Greene.
Outdoor films (many are free) are shown on Mondays (Coney Island), Tuesdays (Red Hook), Wednesdays (McCarren Park in Williamsburg), Thursdays (Brooklyn Bridge Park), Fridays and Saturdays in various venues around the borough, and on Sundays (Fort Greene).
What could be more fun? Welcome to Movies on the Beach in Coney Island. As part of the historic area's makeover, you can enjoy free films on Monday nights. The movies are shown on a forty-foot screen. Grab a hot dog at Nathans, or spend the afternoon exploring the NY Aquarium (open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and walking along the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk. What a great summertime thing to do in Brooklyn!
This community-based outdoor film festival, held in a spectacular setting with views of NY Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, offers 8 outdoor movies, with a rain venue nearby. Bring a picnic (no alcohol) or munch on popcorn; local restaurants run specials on film nights. The festival is sponsored by local businesses. Free.
SummerScreen, launched in 2005, is a hugely popular free outdoor film series in Williamsburg's McCarren Park's ball fields. The films, presented by EPIX, are shown on Wednesday evenings. Bring your blanket, food and drink, and settle in for a great evening.
See what's playing at the most spectacular outdoor theater in New York City. Watch the sun set over New York Harbor before the film, and enjoy free DJ music as well. First come,first seated; there's limited room on the lawn.
"Summerstarz" presents both music and movies on Thursday evenings in July & August. There are also kid-friendly activities East River State Park including arts/crafts games.
For a taste of what's new in the film world, check out New York's Rooftop Film Series. The venues vary, but Rooftop Films are mostly shown in, or rather, on, buildings in Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Gowanus. Entrance is $10, and there's often a discussion afterwards — and sometimes an after party too!
Here's this summer's 2012 Brooklyn schedule of this well-regarded weekend series.
FREE FRIDAY FAMILY NITE CINEMA at NARROWS BOTANICAL GARDENS: Arrive at about 7:15 for a free outdoor movie in the lovely Narrows Botanical Gardens off Shore Road and 71st Street in Bay Ridge. Entertainment for the kids. Bring your own blanket or seating. July and August.
Once a season, the Prospect Park Bandshell is transformed into an outdoor movie theater with a live orchestra. This year the classic movie that catapulted John Travolta to stardom and sent disco and the Gibb brothers into the stratosphere has some of the greatest dance scenes ever committed to celluloid, but it’s also a moving coming of age drama and a gritty, sometimes brutal portrait of blue collar Brooklyn in the 1970s.
To mark SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’s 35th anniversary, there will be a screening of the original (rated R—not appropriate for a younger audience) film and a pre-film musical set by TRAGEDY, the Tri-State Area’s #1 heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees. Tony Manero costumes welcome.
Live in or near Fort Greene? Every Sunday night of the summer you can see movies under the stars in Fort Greene's crowded, eco-friendly restaurant, Habana Outpost. Get some drinks and Cuban-Mexican food, and settle in for great free films.