Bring a Blanket and Settle in for Outdoor Movies in Brooklyn’s Parks This Summer

Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via Prospect Park Alliance


    Brooklyn’s parks get cinematic over the summer and this year there is something for everyone.

    Comedies, dramas, documentaries, family-friendly fare and even some Brooklyn specific titles are screening at parks big and small across the borough. While some parks kicked off their outdoor screening season in June there are still plenty of films left, with most running through August.

    We’ve gathered some options below, but make sure to check out the full calendar for each park to see all of their movie selections. All movies are free and most get under way when it is dark enough for viewing.

    Prospect Park
    Wednesday, July 17
    A family-friendly option comes to the Long Meadow with the screening of the 2012 animated feature about a Scottish girl forging her own path in life. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a performance of the Kings County Pipe Band with the film beginning at dusk. For the full Summer Movie Under the Stars schedule visit the Prospect Park Alliance event page here.

    Fort Greene Park
    Thursday, July 25
    “Well Groomed”
    Get immersed in the world of competitive dog grooming with this 2019 documentary. The film follows four groomers and their vibrantly coiffed dogs through a year of tough competition. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a photo opportunity for guests and their dogs, live music and a Q&A. For more information visit the Fort Greene Park Conservancy website here or Rooftop Films film page here.

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    Narrows Botanical Gardens. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Narrows Botanical Gardens
    Friday, July 26
    Bay Ridge’s scenic oasis near the waterfront is hosting an Alfred Hitchcock classic along with more recent releases in its film series this year. Movies start at sundown and they are predicting an 8:30 p.m. start this year. For more information about the all-volunteer garden and their programming visit their website here.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Thursday, August 1
    It’s the 20th anniversary of movies in the park and the selections this summer include Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical 1994 film. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a DJ set by EMCH and the short film “Political Power of Black Motherhood.” The park hosts several movies each month — for the full schedule visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy event page here.

    McCarren Park
    Wednesday, August 8
    “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    The 13th year of screenings in the park kicks off on July 11 and includes eight films. The selections this year includes Wes Anderson’s stop motion comedy based on Roald Dahl’s 1970 book. The “doors” open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at dusk. To check out the full schedule visit the SummerScreen website here.

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