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Dates:Friday, July 14, 2023 - Friday, August 25, 2023
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun

free friday flicks at the hatch shell boston photoWBZ 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!

2023 Free Friday Flicks Summer Movie Lineup

Friday July 14, Sunset (~8:19 pm) - Minions: Rise of GRU
Friday July 21, Sunset (~8:14 pm) - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Friday July 28, Sunset (~8:07 pm) - Puss in Boots: Last Wish

Friday August 4, Sunset (~7:59 pm) - Goonies
Friday August 11, Sunset (~7:50 pm) - Back to the Future
Friday August 18, Sunset (~7:40 pm) - Super Mario Bros
Friday August 25, Sunset (~7:29 pm) - Thor Love and Thunder

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

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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.

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5-starGreat time journey 2 with the rock
we 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
5-starBest Family time
Loved 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 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.
5-starGreat Evening
This 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.
3-starFriday Night Flicks
they 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.
Totally love the Friday night movies. Really cool and entertaining for all ages!


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