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Top Summer Outdoor Movie
Screenings in Philadelphia in 2016

Get outside and watch a movie

Outdoor movie screenings are a quintessential part of summer in Philadelphia. Most nights of the week during summer 2016, at least one movie is screening in parks and attractions in Philadelphia and the region.

Throughout the summer months, screenings range from family-friendly flicks like Inside Out and Minions to movies for those without a bedtime like Creed and Wet Hot American Summer.

The outdoor films begin at dusk, with start times fluctuating depending on sunset times.

Bonus: Many of the outdoor movie screenings included in this roundup are completely FREE.

Read on for our guide to the top outdoor movie screenings in Philadelphia in 2016.

Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Thursdays

The Schuylkill River Development Corporation keeps up its outdoor summer movie tradition as it hosts free movie screenings at the grassy area by the Walnut Street bridge on select Thursday nights. 2501 Walnut Street

Upcoming films include:

  • June 2: Stand by Me
  • June 16: Beer Runners
  • June 30: Dirty Dancing
  • July 14: This is Spinal Tap
  • July 28: Big Hero 6
  • August 11: Creed

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Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent

Thursdays

Just a little south of the Schuylkill Banks, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation also hosts free outdoor movie screenings at the Grays Ferry Crescent. 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue

Upcoming films include:

  • June 9: Labyrinth
  • June 23: Space Jam
  • July 21: Inside Out
  • August 4: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing

Thursdays

Movies of all sort take the screen at Screenings Under The Stars at Penn's Landing, which returns on most Thursday nights in July and August. Films include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Zootopia and Beetlejuice. All screenings are completely free. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

Upcoming films include:

  • June 30: National Treasure
  • July 7: Creed
  • July 14: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • July 21: To Be Determined due to DNC
  • July 28: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • August 4: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • August 11: Beetlejuice
  • August 18: Inside Out
  • August 25: Zootopia

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The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing is home to free movie screenings throughout the summer. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

The Dell Music Center

Tuesdays

The Dell Music Center, a popular venue for gospel and R&B performances, hosts free outdoor movie nights throughout the summer months. 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

Upcoming films include:

  • June 21: War Room
  • July 12: Minions
  • July 26: Inside Out
  • August 16: Creed
  • August 30: The Good Dinosaur

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The expansive Dell Music Center hosts free screenings of movies like Creed, Minions and Inside Out in June, July and August. (Photo courtesy Dell Music Center)

Clark Park

Fridays

Later this summer, Clark Park in West Philly hosts Friday night movie screenings complete with food and drinks from local vendors. The screenings are free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and picnic blankets. 43rd Street and Chester Avenue

Upcoming films include:

  • August 26: Finding Nemo
  • September 2: Creed
  • September 9: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Wawa Welcome America - Philly at the Movies

Various Days of the Week

The epic Wawa Welcome America! festival brings three free outdoor movie screenings to Philly along with its slew of additional Independence Day events. The films take place at venues across the city and are completely free to watch. Various locations

Upcoming films include:

  • June 27, Franklin Square: Finding Nemo
  • June 29, The steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Rocky
  • June 30: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing: National Treasure
  • July 1: The Piazza at Schmidts: Minions

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Cheer on the Italian Stallion during a free screening of Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Philly at the Movies. (Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America!)

The Oval

Fridays

The Oval opens in July and is slated to host free movie nights this summer. Stay tuned for information regarding The Oval's 2016 movie nights. 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Upcoming films include:

  • July 15: Pitch Perfect
  • July 22: Finding Nemo
  • July 29: Men In Black
  • August 5: Dodgeball
  • August 12: Big
  • August 19: Can’t Hardly Wait

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Enjoy free, Friday night films at The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this summer. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Political MovieFest at Dilworth Park

July 20-23

In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, Dilworth Park screens four political-themed movies this July.

Upcoming films include:

  • July 20: Selma
  • July 21: The Manchurian Candidate
  • July 22: The American President
  • July 23: All the President’s Men

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Haas Beer Garden at La Peg

Wednesdays

Haas Beer Garden, the beer garden at La Peg at FringeArts, hosts weekly summer movie nights that come with plenty of food and drinks options. Throughout the summer, guests can catch free screenings of movies like Purple Rain, Wet Hot American Summer, E.T. and more. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

Upcoming films include:

  • June 22: Labyrinth
  • June 29: Purple Rain
  • July 6: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  • July 13: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • July 20: Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • August 3: Airplane
  • August 10: Clue
  • August 17: E.T.
  • August 26: Attack the Block
  • August 31: Wet Hot American Summer
  • September 7: Dirty Dancing

Outdoor movie nights reign at Haas Beer Garden at La Peg. (Photo courtesy FringeArts)

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First Friday at the Betsy Ross House

Fridays

In addition to the plethora of First Friday festivities in Old City, the Betsy Ross House hosts movie screenings on the first Friday of every month through October. Guests are encouraged to BYOB and pack a picnic dinner, too. Admission is $5 per person. 239 Arch Street

Upcoming films include:

  • July 1: The Hideous Sun Demon
  • August 5: The Monster that Challenged the World
  • September 2: Alligator People
  • October 7: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead

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Franklin Square

Saturdays

Historic Franklin Square hosts kid-friendly films on four Saturday nights this summer. Guests can look forward to free screenings of The Muppets, Mary Poppins and more. All films will start at 8:30 p.m. 200 N. 6th Street\

Upcoming films include:

  • July 9: The Muppets
  • July 23: Mary Poppins
  • August 6: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • August 20: Aladdin

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The Mann Center for The Performing Arts

Various Days of the Week

One of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor entertainment venues, The Mann Center gets in on the movie night action with three evenings of alfresco film screenings accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra for two screenings and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for one. 5201 Parkside Avenue

Upcoming films include:

  • June 23: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • July 9: Back to the Future with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • July 23: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers with the Philadelphia Orchestra

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The Mann Center is hosting a series of screenings accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo by Derek Brad Photography for the Mann Center)

“M” Night at Burholme Park

FRIDAYS

$5 mini-golf at Burholme Golf, $5 cupola tours of Ryerss Museum and free kid-friendly movies on the lawn by the museum. Sounds good, no? 401 Cottman Avenue

Upcoming films include:

  • June 24: Minions
  • July 29: Inside Out
  • August 26: Zootopia

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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Various Days of the Week

More than a dozen public parks in the city host free summer movie nights as part of a special program with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Visit parks from South Philly to West Philly for family-friendly flicks this summer. Various locations

Upcoming films include:

  • June 20, Palmer Park: Minions
  • June 22, Loudon Park: Pan
  • June 27, Marconi Plaza: The Peanuts Movie
  • June 29, Lemon Hill: Creed
  • July 11, Rainbow de Colores Park: Minions
  • July 13, Woodside Park: The Spongebob Movie
  • July 18, Pleasant Hill: Aladdin
  • July 20, Mifflin Square: Zootopia
  • July 25, Connell Park: Inside Out
  • July 27, Campbell Square: The Peanuts Movie
  • August 1, Fotterall Square: Home
  • August 2, Hunting Park: Inside Out
  • August 3, Hart Park: Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • August 8, Upper Roxborough Reservoir: Aladdin
  • August 10, Penn Treaty Park: Transylvania Hotel
  • August 15, Julian Abele Park: Pan
  • August 17, Coxe Park: The Good Dinosaur
  • August 22, Inn Yard Park: The Spongebob Movie
  • August 24, Hagert Street Playground: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • August 29, Pennypack Park: Home
  • August 31, Powers Park: Zootopia

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Hawthorne Park

Fridays

Free movies for the younger set fill Hawthorne Park one Friday a month during the summer. Films will start at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.), but beginning at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy free snacks, games and fun times in the park. 12th and Catharine streets

Upcoming films include:

  • June 24: Minions
  • July 29: The Good Dinosaur
  • August 26: Aladdin

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Le Virtu

Wednesdays

Italian food and an Italian movie? That sounds great to us. Le Virtu hosts movie nights in its beautiful courtyard on select Wednesday evenings this summer as part of East Passyunk’s Passyunk Passeggiata. Movie screenings are complete with food and drink specials, too. 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue

Upcoming films include:

  • June 8: Amarcord
  • June 22: Vangelo Secondo Matteo
  • June 29: Big Night

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Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy

Fridays

On Friday nights, Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy hosts outdoor movie screenings of films of all sort — from classic family-friendly flicks to new releases. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic, blanket and beach chairs.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 24: The Wizard of Oz
  • July 8: Minions
  • July 22: Toy Story
  • July 15: Finding Nemo
  • July 29: Mary Poppins
  • August 5: Aladdin
  • August 12: Inside Out

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Trolley Car Diner

Saturdays

Enjoy old-school favorites like mac and cheese, homemade doughnuts and pie, meatloaf and more alongside free movie screenings every Saturday at the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m., but come early for a delicious dinner at the diner.

Upcoming films include:

  • July 9: Are We There Yet?
  • July 30: What About Bob?
  • August 13: Lilo and Stitch

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