Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell Boston 2021
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most large gatherings, including Free Friday Flicks, annual festivals, parades and concerts are cancelled or will be held virtually through Labor Day 2020.
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However, many venues are putting together pop-up drive-in movies instead. Find a drive-in movie near you in the Greater Boston area. Our growing guide is sure to feature more and more venues with the re-emerging trend of pop-up drive-ins for family fun & entertainment.
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WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) present the 35th annual Free Friday Flicks, a movie series at DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston!
Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of moviegoers to enjoy family-oriented, feature-length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR's Hatch Shell in Boston!
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free games and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030. The fun starts at 6pm!
2020 Free Friday Flicks Summer Movie Lineup - CANCELLED
Friday July 10, Sunset (~8:19 pm) - Frozen 2 (PG)
Friday July 17, Sunset (~8:14 pm) - Toy Story 4 (G)
Friday July 24, Sunset (~8:07 pm) - Dolittle (PG)
Friday July 31, Sunset (~8:07 pm) - Aladdin (PG)
Friday August 7, Sunset (~7:59 pm) - The Lion King (PG)
Friday August 14, Sunset (~7:50 pm) - Onward (PG)
Friday August 21, Sunset (~7:40 pm) - Spiderman: Far From Home (PG-13)
Friday August 28, Sunset (~7:29 pm) - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13)
See below for movie descriptions for 2020.
Frozen 2 - July 10, 2020
Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery. (Rated: PG)
Toy Story 4 - July 17, 2020
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy. (Rated: G)
Dolittle - July 24, 2020
Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure. (Rated: PG)
Aladdin - July 31, 2020
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar, from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom. (Rated: PG)
The Lion King - August 7, 2020
Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. (Rated: PG)
Onward - August 14, 2020
Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. (Rated: PG)
Spider-Man: Far From Home - August 16, 2020
Peter Parker's relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth, air, water and fire -- emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent. (Rated: PG-13)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - August 28, 2020
When it's discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order's plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren. (Rated: PG-13)
People of all ages flock to the banks of the Charles River with their own chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy these Free movies under the stars.
All movies are shown at sundown (approximately 8:00pm - more exact times are listed below). But come early to grab your spot on the lawn...and visit the WBZ Tent for lots of free giveaways, food samples and fun interactive games!
Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free games and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030. The fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr.!
For more information or cancellation due to weather, call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline: 617-787-7200 or visit wbz.com
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Activities begin at 6:00PM
Movie starts at dusk
47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 787-7200
Using Public Transportation:
Take Red Line to Charles (Street)/MGH station or the Green line to Arlington station. Walk down Arl ington St. toward Beacon St. & cross Beacon St. You will see the big Arthur Fiedler Walkway in front of you. Walk across the walkway and the Hatch Shell is on your right.
Directions to the Hatch Shell
Heading North on 93:
Take Storrow Drive (exit 26) Get in the right lane shortly after exiting the Storrow Drive tunnel. Hatch Shell will be coming up on your right.
Heading South on 93:
Take Storrow Drive (exit 26A). Follow the exit to the traffic light. Take a left @ at the traffic light. At the next Traffic light ( @ Leverett Circle) enter Storrow Drive West Bound. Hatch Shell will be coming up on your right.
From I-90, The Mass Pike...
Take the Mass Pike I - 90 to the end and follow the directions above for heading North on 93.
Great time journey 2 with the rockwe took the kids last nite to FFF and it was fabulous. we had the best nite in forever... thank you so much and thank all who made free friday flicks happen.... I told all 1600 people on my facebook page so i expect atleast 20 new people will be with me next friday
Best Family timeLoved it! Free parking is blocked off right at 7:30, and you have to get there right when it opens to get a spot. Games and trivia for prizes before the movie kept my kids captivated...free food samples (soda, chips, salad) were great, too. My son won a 4-pack of whale watch tickets at one of the games - perfect night. I love that we can enjoy a no-cost night of entertainment for my kids and their friends.
Great EveningThis is the best way to enjoy a movie with your family on Friday night. There is usually a trivia contest or local entertainment before the movie and the movies are usually apropriate for all ages. The city closes down the right lane of Storrow drive and uses the lane for parking, so your car is usually only steps from the Hatch shell.
Friday Night Flicksthey are a great family outing BUT the parking is horrible! We had to miss the Wizard of OZ because of parking and we planned this 3 weeks in advance. Also when you are a single mom with 1 or 2 children and the wizard of oz is a long movie walking back to the parking is dreadful and safety is always an issue.
CoolTotally love the Friday night movies. Really cool and entertaining for all ages!
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