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Top Summer Outdoor Movie
Screenings in Philadelphia in 2017

Get outside and watch a movie

Outdoor movie screenings are a quintessential part of summer in Philadelphia. Multiple nights each week during summer 2017, find at least one movie streaming in parks and other al fresco venues throughout the area.

Plan to pack a picnic, and get ready for screenings ranging from all-ages flicks like Ratatouille and The Lego Batman Movie to classics like Jaws and Rocky to newer films like La La Land and Hidden Figures.

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 2017.

Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge


Enjoy nights of outdoor movie action right on the banks of the Schuylkill River during select Thursday nights this summer. The free movie screenings are held at the grassy area by the Walnut Street bridge, which, while spacious, often fill up fast, so arrive a bit early to stake out some blanket space.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 29: Charade
  • July 13: The Big Lebowski
  • July 27: Ratatouille
  • August 10: Jaws

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Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent


Just a little south of the Schuylkill Banks, the free Thursday night outdoor movie tradition continues at the Grays Ferry Crescent. Hosted by the same organization that puts on the Walnut Street bridge movies, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the nights bring both family-oriented and award-winning films to the majestic Schuylkill River.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 22: The Sandlot
  • July 20: Finding Dory
  • August 3: Hidden Figures

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Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing

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


Find movies of all genres at Screenings Under The Stars at Penn's Landing, which screen Thursday nights in July and August. This year’s lineup includes a wide range of flicks, such as Captain America: Civil War, Beauty and the Beast and The Lego Batman Movie. All screenings are completely free.

Upcoming films include:

  • July 6: Captain America: Civil War
  • July 13: La La Land
  • July 20: Star Wars: Rogue One
  • July 27: Purple Rain
  • August 3: Magnificent Seven
  • August 10: Kong: Skull Island
  • August 17: Beauty and the Beast
  • August 24: The Lego Batman Movie
  • August 31: Sing

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Second Sunday Cinema Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts a TV and movie double feature series every second Sunday this summer. (M. Stanley for DRWC)

Every Second Sunday through September

Every Second Sunday, Philly’s hammock-filled haven Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts a classic TV show followed by a screening of a classic movie in its outdoor space along the Delaware River. Other classic fun in the park includes bocce, ping pong and shuffleboard, available to play anytime throughout the evening. Plus, Spruce Street Harbor Park is home to a wealth of boardwalk-style eats and drinks which you can enjoy during the showing.

  • July 9: TV Show: Bewitched | Movie: Sabrina (1954)
  • August 13: TV Show: Leave it to Beaver | Movie: Ocean's 11 (1960)
  • September 10: TV Show: The Adventures of Superman | Movie: Philadelphia Story (1940)

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Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park


Spend Friday evenings watching movies on the big screen in Dilworth Park located right in the heart of the city just outside of City Hall. Stay tuned for the movie lineup.

  • July 21: Beauty and The Beast
  • July 28: Central Intelligence
  • August 4: Jurassic World
  • August 11: Trainwreck
  • August 18: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • August 25: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Saturday Night at the Movies at Franklin Square


Historic Franklin Square hosts free movies in its spacious al fresco space two Saturday nights this summer. Beforehand, guests can purchase tickets to play a round of Philly Mini Golf or take a ride on the Square’s carousel.

  • July 8: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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The Schmidt's Commons

Enjoy free movie nights at The Schmidt’s Commons this July and August. Films include stories by J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss, along with a special “Christmas in July” evening, featuring the classic A Christmas Story.

Head to the Schmidt's Commons on Thursdays this summer for a fun, free night for the whole family. (Photo courtesy of Schmidt's Commons)


Upcoming films include:

  • July 6: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • July 13: A Christmas Story
  • July 27: Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who
  • August 11: TBA
  • August 18: TBA
  • August 25: TBA

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The Oval

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

Movies and Times TBD

The Oval opens in July and is slated to host free Friday night movies this summer. Stay tuned for more information on The Oval’s 2017 season.

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Wawa Welcome America - Philly at the Movies

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!)

June 29 - July 3, 2017

The epic Wawa Welcome America! festival brings a handful of 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. The one not to miss: the screening of Rocky on the Rocky Steps on July 2.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 29: Despicable Me 2, The Piazza at Schmidt's
  • June 30: The LEGO Batman Movie, Panati Playground
  • July 1: Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie, Vernon Park
  • July 2: Rocky, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • July 3: Sing, Franklin Square

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Louis Bluver Movie Series at La Peg at Fringe Arts

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


Haas Beer Garden, the beer garden at La Peg at FringeArts, hosts weekly summer movie nights that come with plenty of food and drink options from the outdoor Seafood Shack, which serves lobster rolls, fish 'n' chips and more. Throughout the summer, guests can catch free screenings of ’80s and ’90s classics like Clueless, The Breakfast Club, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and more.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 21: Jurassic Park
  • June 28: ET: The Extraterrestrial
  • July 5: Back to the Future
  • July 12: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • July 19: Friday
  • July 26: Clueless
  • August 2: The Breakfast Club
  • August 9: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • August 16: The Fifth Element
  • August 23: Independence Day
  • August 30: Weekend at Bernie's

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#OneGermantown Summer Movie Series at Vernon Park

Select Dates

The lush, eight-acre Vernon Park along Germantown Avenue hosts eight different movie night this summer, ranging from Crooklyn to Power Rangers to Pride. Food and drinks will be available for purchase before each screening.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 22: Crooklyn
  • July 1: Star Wars: Rogue One
  • July 6: Moana
  • July 15: Beauty and the Beast
  • July 20: Power Rangers
  • July 29: Fantastic Beasts
  • August 3: Pride

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First Friday at the Betsy Ross House


In addition to the plethora of First Friday festivities in Philadelphia's Historic District, the Betsy Ross House holds movie screenings hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society on the first Friday of every month through October. Admission is $5 per person, and tickets can be purchased here.

Upcoming films include:

  • July 7: The Giant Claw
  • August 4: Earth vs. the Spider
  • September 1: The Amazing Colossal Man
  • October 6: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead

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The Mann Center for The Performing Arts

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

Various Days of the Week

One of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor entertainment venues, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts gets in on the movie night action with three evenings of al fresco film screenings accompanied by live scores from The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 24: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • July 22: Jurassic Park with the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Philadelphia Orchestra

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The Dell Music Center

The expansive Dell Music Center hosts free screenings of Sing and Moana this August. (Photo courtesy Dell Music Center)


The Dell Music Center, a popular venue for gospel and R&B performances, hosts two Tuesday night outdoor movie screenings this year. Both screenings are free.

Upcoming films include:

  • August 8: Sing
  • August 22: Moana

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Movies in Clark Park presented by University City District


Clark Park in West Philly hosts Friday night movie screenings this August complete with food and drinks from a rotating list of local vendors. The University City District-sponsored series also includes special programming paired with each movie ranging from dance performances to drawing sessions to a "Life in Space" conversation led by The Franklin Institute. The screenings are free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and picnic blankets.

Upcoming films include:

  • August 4: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • August 11: Singin’ in the Rain
  • August 18: Hidden Figures
  • August 25: Moana
  • September 1: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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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 (and fall!) movie nights as part of a special program with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Visit parks from South Philly to West Philly for all-ages flicks this summer.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 23: Ride Along 2, Miles Mack Playground (732 N 36th St, 19104)
  • June 26: Sing, Palmer Park (1701 Frankford Ave, 19125)
  • June 28: Secret Life of Pets, Fotterall Square (2400 N 11th St, 19133)
  • July 7: Beauty & the Beast (2017), Overington Park (4600 Leiper St, 19124)
  • July 10: Moana, Benson Park (1440 N 4th St, 19122)
  • July 12: Central Intelligence, Woodside Park (3910 Conshohocken Ave, 19131)
  • July 17: Storks, Campbell Square (2525 E Allegheny Ave, 19134)
  • July 19: Finding Dory, Pleasant Hill Park (9201 N Delaware Ave, 19114)
  • July 21: Grease, Roxborough Reservoir (601 Port Royal Ave, 19128)
  • July 24: Sing, Coxe Park (2132 Cherry St, 19103)
  • July 26: Moana, Penn Treaty Park (1201 Beach St, 19125)
  • July 31: The Jungle Book, Triangle Park (5425 Upland Way, 19131)
  • August 1: Sing, Dickinson Square (1600 E Moyamensing Ave, 19148)
  • August 1: Moana, Marconi Plaza (S 13th & Bigler Sts, 19148)
  • August 4: Central Intelligence, Lemon Hill (Lemon Hill Dr, 19130)
  • August 7: BFG, Hart Park (1315 N 4th St, 19122)
  • August 9: The LEGO Batman Movie, Olney Recreation Center (100 E Godfrey Ave, 19120)
  • August 14: Secret Life of Pets, Hope Park (215 E Indiana Ave, 19134)
  • August 16: Storks, Inn Yard Park (4208 Ridge Ave, 19129)
  • August 18: Finding Dory, Rainbow de Colores (2312 N 5th St, 19133)
  • August 21: Moana, Mifflin Square (500 Wolf St, 19148)
  • August 23: Moana, Smith Playground (2200 S 24th St, 19145)
  • September 8: Pete’s Dragon, Starr Garden (600 Lombard St, 19147)
  • September 15: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pennypack Park (8750 Pine Rd, 19111)
  • September 22: Secret Life of Pets, Shot Tower Playground (101 Carpenter St, 19147)
  • October 13: Sing, Powers Park (2987 Almond St, 19134)
  • October 20: Moana, Tacony Creek Park (531 E Olney Ave, 19120)

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Street Movies! 2017

Various Days of the Week

On select nights throughout August, Scribe Video Center hosts outdoor movie screenings for their annual outdoor film festival. Films range from short film series to documentaries and take place at different public spaces each night. In addition to the movie screenings, each location promises live performances by local groups.

Upcoming dates include:

  • August 18: Las Parcelas Garden (2248 N Palethorp St, 19133)
  • August 24: Disston Recreation Center (4423 Longshore Ave, 19135)
  • August 25: Scribe Video Center (4035 Walnut St, 19104)
  • August 26: Kelly John B. School (5116 Pulaski Ave, 19144)

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Hawthorne Park

Last Fridays of June, July and August

Movies for the younger set fill Hawthorne Park on the final Friday of the month through August. Films start as soon as it’s dark enough to see the screen (about 7:30 p.m.) and are free for all to attend. Bring your own blanket or chair, and note that children must be accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 30: TBA
  • July 28: TBA
  • August 25: TBA

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Moonlight Movies at Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy


On Friday nights, Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy hosts family-oriented outdoor movie screenings. Guests are invited to arrive early for a storytelling session and book swap at 6:30 p.m. and to enjoy eats from a variety of food trucks.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 23: The Jungle Book
  • June 30: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • July 7: Queen of Katwe
  • July 14: Moana
  • July 21: Lion
  • July 28: Zootopia
  • August 4: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • August 11: Finding Dory

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Moonlight Movies at Trolley Car Diner


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:

  • June 24: Shrek
  • July 1: Hidden Figures
  • July 8: How to Train Your Dragon
  • July 15: WALL-E
  • July 22: Bend it Like Beckham
  • July 29: Tangled
  • August 5: Up
  • August 12: Akeelah and the Bee

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Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Bartram's Garden


On select Fridays through September, Bartram’s Garden hosts various family-oriented flicks in its courtyard. Arrive early to partake in a free, one-hour twilight tour of the beautiful garden. (Tour times vary per date.)

Upcoming films include:

  • June 23: Annie
  • July 14: The Secret Life of Pets
  • August 4: TBA

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Cinema in the Cemetery at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Friday, July 28, 2017

Laurel Hill Cemetery returns with its annual summertime movie pop up, unfolding on Friday, July 28. Movie-goers are encouraged to pack a picnic and spread out for an evening under the stars and a one-of-a-kind cemetery experience. Movie tickets are $10 per person. Purchasing a ticket in advance is suggested.

Upcoming films include:

  • July 28: Army of Darkness

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Manayunk's Stroll the Street Movie Series


Find free movies being screened al fresco on three nights during Manayunk’s weekly Stroll The Street event — featuring local food trucks, vendors and live entertainment along Main Street. Be sure to show up early for a bite to eat and $5 cocktail and appetizer specials at select neighborhood restaurants.

Upcoming films include:

  • June 29: Despicable Me
  • July 27: The Sandlot
  • August 31: La La Land

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Movies Under the Stars in Chestnut Hill

movies under the stars in chestnut hill

Free outdoor movie screenings and a series of rotating food trucks hit Chestnut Hill this August. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Community Association)

Fridays in August

On Fridays in August, Chestnut Hill will host Movie Under the Stars. Also present? Rotating food trucks, including Zsa's Ice Cream, Brotherly Grub, Momma's Meatballs and more.

Upcoming films include:

  • August 4: Moana
  • August 11: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • August 18: Beauty and the Beast
  • August 25: Star Wars: Rogue One

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Pennypack on the Delaware

Thursdays in July and August

Pennypack Park will host five Thursday movie nights throughout July and August, featuring family classics like Toy Story and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Each screening is free and kicks off around 8:30 p.m.

Upcoming Films Include:

  • July 13: Toy Story
  • July 27: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • August 10: Lilo and Stitch
  • August 17: Finding Dory
  • August 24: Jurassic Park

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