Roundup: A Guide To 15+ Outdoor Movie Screenings To Check Out In Philadelphia This Summer

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As summer arrives in Philadelphia, outdoor movie screenings (many of which are free) pop up at parks and attractions all over the area. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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

Throughout the summer months, screenings range from family-friendly flicks like Annie and The Lego Movie to movies for those without a bedtime like Mean Girls and The Sixth Sense.

The outdoor films start 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.

Dilworth Park

Tuesdays Through June 30.

Dilworth Park celebrates its first summer with free movie screenings on Tuesday nights through the month of June. Upcoming films include Night at the Museum-Secret of the Tomb on June 16, The Boxtrolls on June 23 and Annie on June 30. MORE INFO

FringeArts

Wednesdays Through August 26.

Relax in the beer garden at FringeArts while enjoying Wednesday night films like Do The Right Thing, I Am Love and Pulp Fiction. The free movies are slated to start at 8:30 p.m. through the summer. MORE INFO

Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Thursdays, June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20.

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. The series kicks off on Thursday, June 11 with a screening of Mean Girls. Upcoming movies include Stand by Me, Tangled and Guardians of the Galaxy. Free snacks and beverages round out the fun. MORE INFO

Venice Island

Fridays Through July 3.

The new Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk hosts free outdoor movie screenings on Friday nights through early July as part of its six-week Venice Island Live Outdoors event. Guests can expect screenings of free flicks like School of Rock, E.T. and Field of Dreams. In addition to free films, the alfresco space will also welcome food trucks, activities for kids and more. MORE INFO

Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent

Thursdays, June 18, July 16, August 13.

Just a little south of the Schuylkill Banks, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation also hosts free outdoor movie screenings at the Grays Ferry Crescent. Film screenings this year include The Wizard of Oz, The Lego Movie and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. MORE INFO

Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse Square (shown here) will host a free screening of The Sixth Sense during Wawa Welcome America.
(Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)

More outdoor movies, below.

Headhouse Square Shambles

Wednesdays, June 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19, September 2.

Food trucks and film come together for the free movie series at the Headhouse Square Shambles. On select Wednesday nights, enjoy bites from food trucks and movie screenings like Hairspray, Pitch Perfect and E.T. Each week, the food truck fun is slated to start at 6 p.m. and the film is slated to start at 8 p.m. MORE INFO

The Mann Center for The Performing Arts

Thursdays, June 25 and July 23.

One of Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor entertainment venues, The Mann Center, gets in on the movie night action with two evenings of alfresco film screenings accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Check out The Godfather on June 25 and The Fellowship of the Ring on July 23. Tickets are required for both screenings. MORE INFO

Hawthorne Park

Fridays, June 26, July 31, August 28.

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. Guests can look forward to Annie on June 26, Big Hero 6 on July 31 and Toy Story on August 28. MORE INFO

The Awesome Fest at Liberty Lands Park

Fridays, June 26-August 14.

Every Friday night from June 26 through August 14, The Awesome Fest will return with free outdoor movie screenings for all to enjoy. The series will call Liberty Lands Park home this summer and will screen independent films beginning at 9 p.m. — many of the films on the roster are Philadelphia premieres, too. MORE INFO

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Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy at Lovett Library Park

Fridays, June 26-August 14 and Thursday, July 30.

Free movies will fill an inflatable screen at Lovett Library Park in Mt. Airy on Friday nights (and one Thursday night!) this summer. The series kicks off on Friday, June 26 with a screening of Where The Wild Things Are and continues with movies like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Princess Bride. MORE INFO

Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy at the Trolley Car Diner

Saturdays, June 27-August 15.

The Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy will once again host free movies just off Germantown Avenue. This year, the outdoor film screenings will all be retro-themed — think Grease, The Parent Trap and The Sandlot. MORE INFO

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Saturday, June 27 and August 22.

For those looking for a slight fright this summer, head to Laurel Hill Cemetery for screenings of eerie films on June 27 and Saturday, August 22. The films begins at 9 p.m., and gate doors open at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks, drinks and picnic blankets. Tickets are required for both films. MORE INFO

Screenings Under the Stars
Penn’s Landing brings back its free movie nights this summer with screenings of movies like The Goonies and Back TO The Future.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Wawa Welcome America’s Philly @ The Movies

June 30-July 2.

The epic Wawa Welcome America festivals brings four free outdoor movie screenings to Philly along with its slew of additional Independence-centric events. On Monday, June 29, enjoy a screening of Big Hero 6 at Franklin Square, on Tuesday, June 30 tune in to a screening of Annie at Dilworth Park, on Wednesday, July 1, catch Rocky at the Art Museum steps and on Thursday, July 2, watch The Sixth Sense at Rittenhouse Square. All films are free and begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m. MORE INFO

The Betsy Ross House

First Friday Through October.

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. Upcoming films include Not of this Earth and Wasp Woman. Guests are encouraged to BYOB and explore the historic Betsy Ross House before the film begins at dusk. Admission is $5 per person. MORE INFO

Screenings Under The Stars at Penn’s Landing

Thursdays, July 9-August 27.

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 The Goonies, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and Guardians of the Galaxy. All screenings are completely free. MORE INFO

The Oval

Fridays, July 17-August 21.

The Oval, the pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, celebrates summer with free Friday night movie screenings from July 17 through August 21. After the film (or before!) be sure to stick around and grab a few brews at the pop-up beer garden. MORE INFO

Dilworth Park
On Tuesday evenings through the end of June, Dilworth Park at City Hall welcomes free movie screenings. (Photo courtesy Dilworth Park)

Franklin Square

Saturdays, July 18, August 15 and September 5.

Historic Franklin Square hosts kid-friendly films on three Saturday nights this summer. Guests can look forward to free screenings of The Lego Movie, Dolphin Tale and Ghostbusters. All films will start at 8:30 p.m. MORE INFO

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Tuesdays, July 28, August 11, 25.

On three nights this summer, Gorgas Park in Roxborough celebrates the silver screen with free family-friendly screenings. Guests can look forward to Big Hero 6 on July 28, The Princess Bride on August 11 and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on August 25. MORE INFO

Paine’s Park

Thursday, July 30.

Catch a free screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure at Paine’s Park, a popular skate park, as the Schuylkill River Development Corporation hosts one movie night at Paine’s Park this summer. MORE INFO

Clark Park

Fridays, August 21-September 18.

In late-summer, Clark Park hosts a number of flicks each accompanied by either Pitruco pizza, Chewy’s food truck or Weckerly’s ice cream. Free movie screenings include The Incredibles, Selma and Little Shop of Horrors. MORE INFO

Wawa Welcome America
Wawa Welcome America’s Philly @ The Movies returns with movie screenings like Rocky at the bottom of the Art Museum steps.
(Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America)

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9 comments

  1. I heard there were screenings down at Xfinity Live over the summer. Do you have any info on when and what will be shown?

  2. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for reaching out! We have not heard about this. Try reaching out to Xfinity Live directly (here’s a link to their website), they should be able to help you out.

  3. Hi Deborah,

    Thanks for reaching out! It looks like the Chestnut Hill Community Association sponsors the films.

    -Jillian

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