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Free Outdoor Movies (in and near Boston)


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Movie nights may be canceled due to weather, so please confirm details with the host before heading out.

When?

Where?

Movie?

Thu, Jun 20, 7:30pm

Boston Landing (Athlete's Park)

The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG)

Fri, Jun 21, 6:00pm

Trolls Band Together (2023) (PG)

Thu, Jul 11, 7:30pm

Boston Landing (Athlete's Park)

Home Alone (1990) (PG)

Fri, Jul 12, 6:00pm

Migration (2023) (PG)

Thu, Jul 18, 8:30pm

Up (2009) (PG)

Fri, Jul 19, 7:45pm (sundown)

Esplanade

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) (PG)

Sat, Jul 20, 6:00pm

The Marvels (2023) (PG-13)

Wed, Jul 24, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) (PG)

Fri, Jul 26, 7:45pm (sundown)

Esplanade

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Sat, Jul 27, 6:00pm

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Wed, Jul 31, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Thu, Aug 1, 8:00pm

Frozen (PG)

Fri, Aug 2, 6:00pm

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Fri, Aug 2, 7:45pm (sundown)

Esplanade

 Wonka (2023) (PG)

Sat, Aug 3, 6:00pm

The Princess and the Frog (2009) (PG)

Tue, Aug 6, 7:45pm

The Little Mermaid (2023) (PG)

Wed, Aug 7, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

 Wonka (2023) (PG)

Thu, Aug 8, 7:30pm

Boston Landing (Athlete's Park)

Barbie (2023) (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 10, 6:00pm

National Treasure (2004) (PG)

Mon, Aug 12, 7:00pm

Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain

A Million Miles Away (2023) (PG)

Tue, Aug 13, 7:45pm

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Wed, Aug 14, 7:45pm

 Wonka (2023) (PG)

Thu, Aug 15, 8:00pm

Toy Story (1995) (G)

Fri, Aug 16, 7:45pm (sundown)

Esplanade

Barbie (2023) (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 17, 6:00pm

Migration (2023) (PG)

Mon, Aug 19, 7:45pm

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023) (PG-13)

Wed, Aug 21, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

Barbie (2023) (PG-13)

Thu, Aug 22, 7:45pm

Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024) (PG)

Fri, Aug 23, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) (PG-13)

Fri, Aug 23, 5:30pm (date to be confirmed)

Chinatown Gate

TBD

Sat, Aug 24, 5:30pm (date to be confirmed)

Chinatown Gate

TBD

Sun, Aug 25, 5:30pm (date to be confirmed)

Chinatown Gate

TBD

Mon, Aug 26, 7:45pm

Trolls Band Together (2023) (PG)

Tue, Aug 27, 7:45pm

Wish (2023) (PG)

Wed, Aug 28, 7:45pm

Encanto (2021) (PG)

Wed, Aug 28, 7:45pm (sundown)

Castle Island

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) (PG-13)

Thu, Aug 29, 8:00pm

Sandlot

Thu, Aug 29, 7:30pm

Boston Common Parade Ground, Back Bay/Beacon Hill

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) (PG-13)

Thu, Sep 5, 7:30pm

Boston Landing (Athlete's Park)

Mighty Ducks (1992) (PG)

Thu, Sep 12, 6:00pm

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour


Outside of Boston


If you enjoy watching movies under the stars, do not let city lines stop you! The following outdoor movie nights are in Cambridge, Revere, and Foxborough.


When?

Where?

Movie?

Fri, Jun 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Spirited Away (2001) (PG)

Wed, Jun 19, 6:30pm

Soul (2020) (PG)

Sat, Jun 22, 6:00pm

Trolls Band Together (2023) (PG)

Thu, Jun 27, 6:00pm

Kelly's Roast Beef

Shrek

Fri, Jun 28, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hidden Figures (2016) (PG)

Thu, Jul 11, 6:00pm

Trolls Band Together (2023) (PG)

Wed, Jul 10, 6:30pm

Barbie (2023) (PG-13)

Fri, Jul 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Shrek

Fri, Jul 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Back To The Future (1985) (PG)

Sat, Jul 20, 6:00pm

Elemental (2023) (PG)

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm

Ratatouille (2007) (G)

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm

Kelly's Roast Beef

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) (PG)

Thu, Aug 1, 6:00pm

Barbie (2023) (PG-13)

Fri, Aug 2, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (G)

Wed, Aug 7, 6:30pm

Wonka (2023) (PG)

Thu, Aug 8, 6:00pm

Kelly's Roast Beef

Cars (2006) (G)

Wed, Aug 14, 6:30pm

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2021) (G)

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023) (PG-13)

Fri, Aug 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

TBD

Thu, Aug 22, 6:00pm

Kelly's Roast Beef

Haunted Mansion (2023) (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 24, 6:00pm

Wish (2023) (PG)

Wed, Aug 28, 6:30pm

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) (PG-13)

Fri, Aug 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

TBD

Sat, Sep 21, 6:00pm

The Marvels (2023) (PG-13)


When Does The Outdoor Movie Season Start?


The outdoor movie season (in Boston) starts in June and ends around September.


Who Hosts Movie Nights?


Different entities throughout the Boston-area host movie nights on open green spaces. They include:


  • Boston's Mayor (Boston)

  • DCR (Massachusetts)

  • The Lot (Dorchester)

  • Kroc Center (Dorchester)

  • The Prudential Center (Copley)

  • Boston Landing (Boston)

  • The Coolidge (Brookline)

  • Asian CDC (Chinatown)

  • MIT Open Space (Cambridge)

  • Kendall Center (Cambridge)

  • Revere Beach (Revere)

  • Patriot Place (Foxborough)


Which Boston Neighborhoods Host Movie Nights?


Boston offers movie nights in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, and East Boston.


Are Movie Nights Crowded?


Not in our experience. Despite being free, movie nights offer plenty of viewing room so that everyone can see and enjoy the night. I'm sure it depends on which location you choose.


Are New Films Shown on Movie Night?


Yes! Some older films like "Back to The Future" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are shown year-after-year despite being from the 1980's. Recent movies are also shown. For example, Disney's Wish was released in November of 2023 and was shown twice in the summer of 2024.


Why Do Some Events Last Longer Than The Movie?


Some events offer pre-movie entertainment with the actual movie starting at dusk.


What's The Most Played Movie This Summer?


Elemental is being played at 6 different places this year, making it the most showed movie of 2024.


Why Do Movies Start At Dusk?


In order to see the movie screen it has to be dark outside. This means the sun has to set or be setting.


What Happens If It Rains?


Some may cancel. If it's only a light drizzle that doesn't last long, the event may go on.


What Should I Pack?


You can bring a lawn chair or blanket. We also suggest bringing a water bottle, light snacks, and sweaters. Even though movie nights happen during the summer, the weather cools down a lot after the sun goes down.

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