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Top Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia in 2018

Catch alfresco movies all season long

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Screenings Under The Stars | Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
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Outdoor movie screenings are a quintessential part of summer in Philadelphia. On multiple nights each week during the summer of 2018, residents and visitors can catch movies screening in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area.

Plan to pack a picnic and get ready for screenings ranging from all-ages flicks like Coco and The Princess and the Frog to classics like The Sound of Music and Rocky to newer films like Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time.

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

Bonus: Almost all 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 2018.

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Movie Nights at The Schmidt's Commons

Movie screening at The Schmidt's Commons Movie screening at The Schmidt's Commons
— Photo courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

May 31 – August 30, 2018 (select Thursdays)

Enjoy free movie nights on the Jumbotron at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties all season long. Screenings this year include Pitch Perfect 3, The Sound of Music, Coco and more. Note that more movies will be announced as the summer continues.

Films include:

  • May 31: Coco
  • June 7: The Greatest Showman
  • June 14: Casablanca
  • June 21: Pitch Perfect 3
  • June 28: Spiderman: Homecoming
  • July 5: Blade Runner: 2049
  • July 12: Rocky
  • July 19: The Sound of Music
  • July 26: Wonder Woman
  • August 2: Murder on the Orient Express
  • August 9: Silver Linings Playbook
  • August 17: Chicago
  • August 30: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Where: The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

Cost: Free

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Out on the Town Free Summer Movie Nights at the King of Prussia Town Center

Movie Screening at King of Prussia Town Center Movie Screening at King of Prussia Town Center
— Photo courtesy King of Prussia Town Center

May 31 – August 16, 2018 (select Thursdays)

Head to the King of Prussia Town Center for free movie nights throughout the summer. Enjoy favorites like Grease and Beauty and the Beast while snacking on free popcorn served on-site.

Films include:

  • May 31: Wonder
  • June 21: Beauty And The Beast (2017)
  • June 28: Grease
  • July 26: Jurassic Park
  • August 16: Little Giants

Where: King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

Cost: Free

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Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy

June 1 – August 18 (select dates)

The Mt. Airy neighborhood hosts movie screenings at multiple locations this summer. Along with the movies, guests can also enjoy storytelling sessions and book swaps, food from food trucks at each location and, for screenings at the Trolley Car Diner, dinner and ice cream.

Films include:

  • June 1: Big Hero 6 at Lovett Park
  • June 9: Queen of Katwe at Trolley Car Diner
  • June 15: Coraline at Lovett Park
  • June 23: Rio at Trolley Car Diner
  • June 29: A Wrinkle in Time at Pleasant Playground
  • July 7: Kung Fu Panda at Trolley Car Diner
  • July 21: Hugo at Trolley Car Diner
  • July 27: Ratatouille at New Covenant Campus
  • August 4: Ferdinand at Trolley Car Diner
  • August 10: Black Panther at New Covenant Campus
  • August 18: Princess and the Frog at Trolley Car Diner

Where: Various locations including Pleasant Playground, 6720 Boyer Street

Cost: Free

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Movies @ the Mann at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
— Photo courtesy the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

June 2 – July 26 (select dates)

One of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor entertainment venues, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts gets in on the movie-night action with four evenings of alfresco film screenings accompanied by live scores from The Philadelphia Orchestra. This year’s series features a special treat for Philadelphia Eagles fans: a screening of A Championship Season on Tuesday, July 24. The film is hosted by Merrill Reese and shows NFL Films’ footage from the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-ever Super Bowl win in February 2018.

Films include:

  • June 2: Jaws
  • July 20: Star Wars: A New Hope
  • July 24: A Championship Season
  • July 26: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Where: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue

Cost: $25 and up

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Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series at FringeArts

June 6 – August 15, 2018 (select Wednesdays)

Haas Biergarten, the beer garden at La Peg at FringeArts, hosts weekly summer movie nights that come with plenty of food-and-drink options from the spot’s outdoor shack, which serves lobster rolls, cheeseburgers and more. Throughout the summer, guests can catch free screenings of ’80s and ’90s classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 10 Things I Hate About You and more. Bonus: Each film will be paired with a special $10 cocktail at the outdoor bar.

Films include:

  • June 6: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 13: Can’t Hardly Wait
  • June 20: Mean Girls
  • June 27: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • July 11: Men in Black
  • July 18: Con Air
  • July 25: The Fifth Element
  • August 1: Moonrise Kingdom
  • August 8: The Parent Trap
  • August 15: Wet Hot American Summer

Where: La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Movie screening at Schuylkill Banks Movie screening at Schuylkill Banks
— Photo courtesy Schuylkill Banks

June 7 – August 9, 2018 (select Thursdays)

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 fills up fast, so arrive a bit early to stake out some blanket space.

Films include:

  • June 7: Beetlejuice
  • June 21: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • July 12: Casablanca
  • July 26: Moana
  • August 9: Silver Linings Playbook

Where: Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights at Stroll the Street in Manayunk

Movie Screening on Main Street Movie Screening on Main Street
— Photo courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation

June 7 – August 23, 2018 (select Thursdays)

Find free movies being screened alfresco on three nights during Manayunk’s weekly Stroll The Street event, which also features local food trucks, vendors and live entertainment along Main Street. Be sure to show up early for a bite to eat and $6 cocktail-and-appetizer specials at select neighborhood restaurants.

Films include:

  • June 7: Zootopia
  • June 28: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 19: Wonder Woman
  • July 26: Elf
  • August 23: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Where: Main Street

Cost: Free

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Cinema in the Cemetery at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery returns with its annual summertime movie pop up, unfolding on Friday, June 8 with a screening of Edward Scissorhands. Movie-goers are encouraged to pack a picnic and spread out for an evening under the stars. Movie tickets are $12 per person. Purchasing a ticket in advance is suggested.

Films include:

  • June 8: Edward Scissorhands

Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue

Cost: $12

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Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent

June 14 – August 9, 2018 (Thursdays)

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.

Films include:

  • June 14: Going in Style
  • June 28: The Fifth Element
  • July 19: Coco
  • August 2: Black Panther
  • August 9: Silver Linings Playbook

Where: Grays Ferry Crescent near Wharton Street

Cost: Free

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First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes at the Betsy Ross House

June 15 – October 5, 2018 (select Fridays)

In addition to the plethora of First Friday festivities in Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Betsy Ross House holds movie screenings on the first Friday of every month through October. The series also includes a special bonus screening of Wonder Woman on Friday, June 15. Admission is $5 per person and includes an after-hours tour of the house. Tickets can be purchased here.

Films include:

  • June 15: Wonder Woman
  • July 6: The Giant Claw
  • August 3: Invaders from Space
  • September 7: Revenge of the Creature
  • October 5: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead

Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Cost: $5

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#OneGermantown Film Series

Saturdays, June 16 – August 4, 2018

The #OneGermantown Film Series returns to Vernon Park with free movies every Saturday. Don’t miss classics like The Lion King, and new favorites like Moana and Black Panther.

Films include:

  • June 16: The Lion King
  • June 23: Wonder
  • June 30: A Wrinkle In Time
  • July 7: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • July 14: Coco
  • July 21: Jumanji
  • July 28: Moana
  • August 4: Black Panther

Where: Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Avenue

Cost: Free

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Summer Movies in the Park at Ryerss Museum & Library

June 20 – October 6, 2018 (select days)

Located in Burholme Park, the lavish Ryerss Museum & Library hosts four movie nights in the lush open space nearby. Two hours before the movie starts, guests can walk through the museum (admission is always free), go on a special tour of the cupola for $5 and enjoy refreshments, games and other activities.

Films include:

  • June 20: Beauty and the Beast
  • July 18: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 15: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • October 6: Coco

Where: Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Avenue

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights in Philadelphia Parks from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

June 21 – September 14, 2018 (select dates)

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.

Films include:

  • June 21: Black Panther at Loudon Park
  • July 10: Despicable Me 3 at Penn Treaty Park
  • July 14: Black Panther at Overington Park
  • July 25: Coco at Mifflin Square Park
  • August 3: A Bug’s Life at Pleasant Hill Park
  • August 3: Film to be announced at Cliveden Park
  • August 4: Iron Man 2 at Rainbow de Colores
  • August 8: Moana at Fisher Park
  • August 11: Avengers: Infinity War at Hunting Park
  • August 16: Zootopia at Inn Yard Park
  • August 17: Inside Out at Pennypack Park
  • August 18: Black Panther at Triangle Park
  • August 23: Black Panther at Hart Park
  • August 25: Coco at Benson Park
  • September 7: Coco at Powers Park
  • September 8: Coco at Shot Tower Park
  • September 14: Solo, A Star Wars Story at Coxe Park

Where: Various locations including Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street

Cost: Free

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Philly @ The Movies

Movie night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Movie night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

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 Sunday, July 1.

Films include:

  • June 28: The Nutty Professor at the Dell Music Center
  • June 29: E.T. at The Schmidt’s Commons
  • June 30: SING at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • July 1: Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • July 2: Pitch Perfect at XFINITY Live!

Where: Various locations including Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights at the Dell Music Center

— Photo courtesy Dell Music Center

June 28 and July 21, 2018

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

Films include:

  • June 28: The Nutty Professor
  • August 21: Black Panther

Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

Cost: Free

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Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Bartram’s Garden

June 29 – September 21 (select Fridays)

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 before the July, August and September screenings.

Films include:

  • June 29: The Wiz
  • July 20: The Jungle Book
  • August 31: Peter Rabbit
  • September 21: The Good Dinosaur

Where: Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard

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Screenings Under The Stars at Penn’s Landing

Screenings Under The Stars at Penn's Landing Screenings Under The Stars at Penn's Landing
— Photo by Matt Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

July 5 – August 30 (Thursdays)

Find movies of all genres at Penn’s Landing during Screenings Under The Stars, which screen Thursday nights in July and August. This year’s lineup includes a wide range of flicks, such as A Wrinkle In Time, Austin Powers in Goldmember and Mission Impossible III. All screenings are completely free.

Films include:

  • July 5: Justice League
  • July 12: Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
  • July 19: Mission Impossible III
  • July 26: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 2: Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • August 9: Black Panther
  • August 16: A Wrinkle in Time
  • August 23: Coco
  • August 30: Despicable Me 3

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights at Mario Lanza Park

July 18 -25 (Wednesdays)

Head to Mario Lanza Park with some popcorn and a chair or a blanket for a 14th year of free outdoor movie screenings.

Films include:

  • July 18: Cool Hand Luke
  • July 25: The Big Lebowski

Where: Mario Lanza Park, 235 Queen Street

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Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park

July 20 – August 24, 2018 (select Fridays)

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. The lineup features recently released hits like The Greatest Showman, A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther.

Films include:

  • July 20: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • July 27: A Wrinkle in Time
  • August 3: Black Panther
  • August 10: Ready Player One
  • August 17: The Greatest Showman
  • August 24: Wonder Woman

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights at The Oval+

Movie Night at The Oval+ Movie Night at The Oval+
— Photo by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fridays, July 28 – August 17

Start your summer weekends at The Oval+! The park offers a lineup of free flicks every Friday night of the park’s season, and food trucks will be on site for pre-movie snacks.

Films include:

  • July 28: Battle of the Sexes
  • August 3: Karate Kid
  • August 10: Wayne’s World
  • August 17: Creed

Where: The Oval+, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Movies Under the Stars in Chestnut Hill

August 3-24, 2018

On Fridays in August, Chestnut Hill hosts Movies Under the Stars at the Water Tower Recreation Center field. Also on tap: Rotating food trucks, beverages and more.

Films include:

  • August 3: Battle of the Sexes
  • August 10: Katate Kid
  • August 17: Wayne’s World
  • August 24: The Greatest Showman

Where: The Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 E. Hartwell Lane

Cost: Free

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Street Movies! by Scribe Video Center

August 9-25 (select dates)

Every summer, the Scribe Video Center hosts Street Movies!, a free screening series that brings independent films from around the world to various parks in Philly. Bonus: Every screening is followed by a moderated discussion about the film. For a full list of films and locations, click here.

Where: Various locations including Mifflin Square Park, S. 6th & W. Ritner streets

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Movies in Clark Park

Clark Park Clark Park
— Photo courtesy University City District

August 10-31, 2018 (Fridays)

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 screenings are free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and picnic blankets.

Films include:

  • August 10: Back to the Future
  • August 17: Coco
  • August 24: A Wrinkle In Time
  • August 31: Black Panther

Where: Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue

Cost: Free

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Movie Nights at The Schmidt's Commons
Out on the Town Free Summer Movie Nights at the King of Prussia Town Center
Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy
Movies @ the Mann at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series at FringeArts
Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge
Movie Nights at Stroll the Street in Manayunk
Cinema in the Cemetery at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent
First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes at the Betsy Ross House
#OneGermantown Film Series
Summer Movies in the Park at Ryerss Museum & Library
Movie Nights in Philadelphia Parks from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philly @ The Movies
Movie Nights at the Dell Music Center
Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Bartram’s Garden
Screenings Under The Stars at Penn’s Landing
Movie Nights at Mario Lanza Park
Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park
Movie Nights at The Oval+
Movies Under the Stars in Chestnut Hill
Street Movies! by Scribe Video Center
Movies in Clark Park
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