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Summer Movie Venues in Boston

Where to watch outdoor summer movies in BostonFree Summer Outdoor Movies In Boston

Summertime means grabbing a blanket and some snacks, and watching a free movie outside. And luckily, there are quite a few outdoor movie series to choose from in the Boston area.

Here's a great list of Summer Movies under the stars in and around Boston. 

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Head down to the Esplanade for the 34th season of of Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell. Arrive early with your picnic and blanket for a good spot, plus giveaways and games with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will start at 6 p.m..

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

Friday June 21, Sunset (~8:24 pm)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)

Friday July 12, Sunset (~8:19 pm)
Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Friday July 19, Sunset (~8:14 pm)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Friday July 26, Sunset (~8:07 pm)
Bumblebee (PG-13)

Friday August 2, Sunset (~7:59 pm)
The Lego Movie 2 (PG)

Friday August 8, Sunset (~7:50 pm)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

Friday August 16, Sunset (~7:40 pm)
Captain Marvel (PG-13)

Friday August 23, Sunset (~7:29 pm)
Dumbo (2019) (PG)

Boston Summer Movies Free Friday Flicks Hatch Shell

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center

The Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival will return to the Prudential Center starting (July 6 - August 24) with a lineup of popular family-friendly flicks on Saturday evenings. Entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways will start at 6 p.m., and the movies will begin at sundown.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

With free, family-friendly movies shown under the stars, the Prudential Center Family Film Festival is a great summer night out. Entertainment, children's activities and giveaways will start at 6pm. All movies will start every Saturday at sundown. Rain dates will be held the following Tuesday.

2019 Movie Schedule
Saturday, July 6: Lego Movie 2
Saturday,  July 13: Mary Poppins Returns
Saturday,  July 20: Incredibles 2
Saturday,  July 27: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Saturday,  August 3: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Saturday,  August 10: Smallfoot
Saturday,  August 17: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Saturday,  August 24: Hotel Transylvania 3
Saturday,  August 31: Dumbo (2019)

Come in early and grab dinner or snacks to enjoy during the movie! Picnic blankets and beach chairs are welcome. Spend just $10 and receive discounted parking in the Prudential Center Garage (restrictions apply).

Closed captioning will be provided for all movies.

Boston Summer Movies Prudential Center South Lawn


Boston Harbor Hotel Movies by Moonlight

As part of the hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series, these 12 films will be screened starting at dusk at the annual Movies by Moonlight series. Guests can also enjoy al fresco dining at the waterfront setting at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille or The Harborwalk Terrace.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

6/7 Mission Impossible
6/14 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
6/21 City Slickers
6/28 Casablanca

7/5 The Parent Trap
7/12 Moana
7/19 Jurassic Park
7/26 Sleepless in Seattle

8/2 Raiders of The Lost Ark
8/9 Aquaman
8/16 Ghost
8/23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
8/30 Captain America: The First Avenger

Boston Summer Movies Boston Harbor Hotel

Mayor Walsh's Summer Movie Nights in the Parks

Mayor Walsh's Summer Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

Monday, August 5 - The lncredibles 2
Fallon Field, Roslindale

Monday, August 12 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Moakley Park, South Boston

Wednesday, August 14 - Spider-man: Info the Spider-verse
Ramsay Park, Roxbury

Monday, August 19 - Dumbo
Rogers Park, Allston-Brighton

Tuesday, August 20 - Black Panther
Walker Playground, Mattapan

Wednesday, August 21 - Spider-man: Info the Spider-verse
Ronan Park, Dorchester

Thursday, August 22 - Wonder Park
Hynes Playground, West Roxbury

Monday, August 26 - How lo Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Noyes Park, East Boston

Tuesday, August 27 - Dumbo
Winthrop Square, Charlestown

Thursday, August 29 - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

Friday, September 6 - Avengers: Endgame 
Frog Pond, Beacon Hill

Coolidge Summer Movies on the Greenway

Experience cinema classics under the stars! The Coolidge Corner Theater is thrilled to be partnering with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for a free outdoor movie screenings this summer.  Coolidge Summer Movies on the Greenway

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

Tuesday, June 18 - American Grafitti (Rain Date: June 19)
Tuesday, July 16 - Bullitt (Rain Date: July 17)
Tuesday, August 13 - Back to the Future II (Rain Date: August 14)

Kung Fu Films at the Chinatown Gate

The Asian Community Development Organization (ACDC) presents Films at the Gate on the weekend of August 23-25, 2019.  Each of the three nights of film showings includes a live performance, two short films, and the main feature.  The classic films are action-packed with kung fu scenes and are accompanied by English-subtitles.

Boston Summer Movies Kung Fu Films Chinatown

MFA Sunset Cinema

The Museum of Fine Arts MFA Sunset Cinema will host free monthly movies on its Huntington Avenue lawn. The movies will start around sunset, and live music, art making, and lawn games will kick off 90 minutes beforehand. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

June 19 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Kick off the 21st annual Roxbury International Film Festival with a screening of the mind-bending animated hit.

July 11 - The Trouble with You
Usher in the Boston French Film Festival with the madcap comedy, nominated for nine César awards.

*August and September selections to be announced.

Boston Summer Movies MFA Sunset Cinema

Movies at the Mansion - Lyman Estate, Waltham

Bring your picnic dinners to the Lyman Estate in Waltham for a glamorous movie night under the stars. Movies are shown in the estate's gardens, which you can explore if you arrive early!

July 11: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
July 18: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
July 25: Meet Me in St. Louis

Sunday Night Movie Series at Christopher Columbus Park

Pack a picnic to take to Christopher Columbus Park for one of these Sunday night films, which will begin at dusk.  Free popcorn courtesy of Joe’s American Bar & Grill.  Sunday Night Movie Series at Christopher Columbus Park

2019 Summer Movie Lineup TBD

Sunday, July 21:
Sunday, July 28:

Sunday, Aug.4:
Sunday, Aug. 11:
Sunday, Aug. 19:
Sunday, Aug. 27:

Boston Summer Movies Christopher Columbus Park North End

Summer Movie Series at The Davis Museum

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and join us outdoors on the Davis Plaza for the 3rd annual summer film series in Wellesly. Summer Movie Series at The Davis Museum

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

July 12: Muppets (2011)
July 26: Mary Poppins (1964)
August 9: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

June 27 - A Wrinkle in Time
July 11 - Back to the Future
July 25 - WALL-E
August 8 - The Fifth Element

2019 Movies on the Boston Common Schedule

Friday, September 6, Dusk
Avengers Endgame
Frog Pond, Boston Common

Sudbury Summer Family Movie Night

Flicks on the Field - Sudbury

Thursday July 25 - 'The Rookie'
Movie starts at Dusk

ParentTalk Flicks on the Field - Needham

Flicks on the Field offers families in and around Needham an opportunity to enjoy a summer night snuggled up on a blanket under the stars. Parent Talk is thrilled to offer the community a way to connect with family and friends.  

August 17, 2019 - SmallFoot

6:30 pm Younger Children's Activities and Concessions,
7:45 Movie Begins

Summer Movie Nights at Boston Landing

Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy free summer movies on the rolling green hills at Boston Landing's Athlete’s Park!  Dates include 6/12, (<--*note: this movie night has been swapped out for a free gamewatch of game 7 of the Bruins vs. Blues Stanley Cup Finals).  07/17, 08/14, 2019 - movie schedule to be announced.   Refreshments and beverages are available for purchase.

Wakefield’s Summer Movies by the Lake

Residents and people from surrounding towns can look forward to another season of Movies by the Lake in Wakefield this summer. Grab a blanket, snacks, kids and neighbors and head down to the bandstand near Lake Quannapowitt for some outdoor summer movie fun!

2019's family-friendly movie lineup includes:

July 11 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 18 – Despicable Me
July 25 – Ralph Breaks the Internet

August 1 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 8 – Marry Poppins Returns

Free Outdoor Summer Movies Near Boston

Movies are located by the bandstand at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA and begin at nightfall.