Where to Watch Free Outdoor Movies in Philadelphia This Summer
Catch al fresco showings of Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians, and more.
When it comes to free outdoor flicks, you have a lot of options this summer. Especially if you want to see Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse or Crazy Rich Asians — those movies are playing on multiple pop-up screens around town this season. So dust off your blanket, pack some snacks and find a sweet spot to sprawl out.
Schuylkill Banks Movie Night
This popular Thursday-night series gets points for ambiance, setting up its big screen in a serene little spot near the recreation path on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. Sweet lineup, too. Things kick off on June 13th with the 1984 comedy-adventure Romancing the Stone, and continue with Green Book, Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel and more throughout the summer.
Thursdays, movies start at dusk, BYO blanket, free snacks and beverages if you get there early enough, east side of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Walnut Street Bridge.
Movies @ FringeArts
The Wednesday night Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series lets you sip a beer and watch an old favorite. It’s all grouped by theme: In June you’ve got record store movies (Pretty in Pink, Empire Records, etc.); July is all about the ’90s throwbacks (Space Jam, Cruel Intentions, etc.); and August promises “Unconventional Love Stories” (Working Girl, Raising Arizona, etc.) Starts June 12th with the John Cusack/Iben Hjejle dysfunctional sorta-rom-com High Fidelity from 2000. What came first, the music or the misery?
Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., Haas Biergarten, La Peg, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Movies in Clark Park
On most Friday nights in August, gather in West Philly’s main quad for some family-friendly flicks, including Creed II and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The series starts August 9th with the underrated Solo: A Star Wars Story. There will be food trucks.
Fridays, August 9-30, BYO blankets and chairs, the bowl in Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave.
Screenings Under the Stars @ Penn’s Landing
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing offers built-in seating in an amphitheater-ish setting, but you can bring a lawn chair if you like. This year’s Screenings Under the Stars line-up includes Aquaman, Incredibles 2 and more throughout July and August. Starts July 11th with Captain Marvel.
Thursdays in July and August, movies start at dusk, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Pictures in the Park @ Dilworth Park
Boasting a central location, a lineup of crowd-pleasers — Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, etc. — and decent food and drink options, Pictures in the Park sounds like fun for the whole damn family. Kicks off on July 19th with (say it with me) Captain Marvel.
Fridays, July 19th through August 23rd, 8 p.m., BYO blanket, free popcorn to the first 100 people, Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., west side of City Hall. (Series continues in September at Sister Cities Park, lineup TBA.)
Late July and August, lineup TBA, Eakins Oval.
Family Outdoor Movie Night @ Bartam’s Garden
Assorted evenings, 8-10 p.m., Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy
Assorted evenings, May through September, Lovett Park (6945 Germantown Ave.), Pleasant Playground (6757 Chew Ave.) and Trolley Car Diner (7619 Germantown Ave.).