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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.

<i>Please note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most large gatherings, including annual festivals, parades and concerts are cancelled or will be held virtually through Labor Day 2020.  Please stay tuned for more info about the specifics of this summer.</i>


However, several venues will be offering special Drive-In movie options, so take a look at our guide to what's been announced so far to see where you and your family can enjoy a drive-in movie near you this summer.



Usually - (and once COVID-19 restructions let up), here's a great list of Summer Movies under the stars in and around Boston that we can look forward to in 2021. 

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Head down to the Esplanade for the 35th 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..

Summer Movie Lineup 2020 - CANCELLED


Friday July X, Sunset (~8:19 pm)
Frozen 2 (PG)

Friday July X, Sunset (~8:14 pm)
Toy Story 4  (G)

Friday July X, Sunset (~8:07 pm)
Dolittle (PG)

Friday July X, Sunset (~8:07 pm)
Aladdin (PG)


Friday August X, Sunset (~7:59 pm)
The Lion King (PG)

Friday August X, Sunset (~7:50 pm)
Onward (PG)

Friday August X, Sunset (~7:40 pm)
Spiderman: Far From Home (PG-13)

Friday August X, Sunset (~7:29 pm)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  (PG-13)

Boston Summer Movies Free Friday Flicks Hatch Shell

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center (CANCELLED)

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.

2020 Summer Movie Lineup (TBD)

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.

2020 Movie Schedule (TBD)
Saturday, July 4: TBD
Saturday,  July 11: TBD
Saturday,  July 18: TBD
Saturday,  July 25: TBD

Saturday,  August 1: TBD
Saturday,  August 8: TBD
Saturday,  August 15: TBD
Saturday,  August 22: TBD
Saturday,  August 29: TBD

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.

2020 Summer Movie Lineup 

6/26 TBD

7/5 TBD
7/12 TBD
7/19 TBD
7/26 TBD

8/2 TBD
8/9 TBD
8/16 TBD
8/23 TBD
8/30 TBD

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.

2020 Summer Movie Lineup TBD

Monday, August 3 - TBD
Fallon Field, Roslindale

Monday, August 10 - TBD
Moakley Park, South Boston

Wednesday, August 17 - TBD
Ramsay Park, Roxbury

Monday, August 24-  TBD
Rogers Park, Allston-Brighton

Tuesday, August 25 - TBD
Walker Playground, Mattapan

Wednesday, August 26 - TBD
Ronan Park, Dorchester

Thursday, August 27 - TBD
Hynes Playground, West Roxbury

Tuesday, August 25 - TBD
Winthrop Square, Charlestown

Thursday, August 27 - TBD
Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

Friday, September 3 - TBD 
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

2020 Summer Movie Lineup

Tuesday, June 18 - TBD
Tuesday, July 16 - TBD
Tuesday, August 13 - TBD

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.  (Stay tuned for 2020 dates). 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.

2020 Summer Movie Lineup 

*Stay tuned for information

Boston Summer Movies MFA Sunset Cinema

Movies at the Mansion - Lyman Estate, Waltham (2020 Dates PENDING)

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!

*Stay tuned for information

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

2020 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 4th annual summer film series in Wellesly. Summer Movie Series at The Davis Museum

2020 Summer Movie Lineup 

July 12:  TBD
July 26: TBD
August 9: TBD

June 27 - TBD
July 11 - TBD
July 25 - TBD
August 8 - TBD

2020 Movies on the Boston Common Schedule

*Stay tuned for information

Lincoln Summer Family Movie Night  

Tuesday, July 21,  2020 - Movie TBD  (Family Movie Night at Pierce Park)

Sudbury Summer Family Movie Night (PENDING)

Flicks on the Field - Sudbury

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.  

Stay tuned for information

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!

2020's family-friendly movie lineup TBD: 



Free Outdoor Summer Movies Near Boston

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

Another option is to take in a Drive-In Movie in the area.  While not free, you can usually get in for one price per carload, and experience a big screen movie from the comfort of your own car with friends and family. 

Mendon Twin Drive In (Milford)

Kowloon Car Hop & Movie Nights (Saugus)

Wellfellet Drive-In (Cape Cod)


More Ideas for Summer Fun!

Find Fun Things to Do on our events calendar as Summer Begins in Boston

There are so many fun things to do for free in Boston - check out our guide for more money-saving ideas for family fun.