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Where to Catch Outdoor Movies in Philly All Summer Long

Grab a blanket and catch a flick outside with your family!

Now that summer’s here, we look forward to lots of outdoor time, and that includes summer nights outside on a blanket under the stars! Outdoor movie nights are such fun ways to get together as a family, and as a community. While they have not returned at the same level as pre-pandemic times, we are thrilled to see these creeping back into our calendars (and events posts). So pack a picnic and a giant blanket, because we’re here to help you make the most of your summer nights!

 

Note that not all movies are exactly kid-friendly, so be sure to check our lists and plan accordingly. Most of these events are free– we have indicated where paid tickets are required. Check back, as new dates are constantly being added as neighborhoods and venues are firming up their plans.

 

Wawa Welcome America: Philly @ The Movies

Catch free movies around town for Independence Week! Here are our picks for kid-friendly screenings:

 

 

Sunset Social

July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18

129 S. 30th St.

 

Ride the elevator to the top of the city, and gather on Cira Green for movie night with a view. Lawn games begin at 5 pm, and movies begin at 6 pm. Food and drink are available on site. Bonus: Come Saturday afternoons for cartoons on the big screen!

 

  • July 7:  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • July 21:  The Nutty Professor
  • August 4: The Lion King
  • August 18: Jurassic World

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

First Friday of the month, from June—October
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.

 

Enjoy $7 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie! The movies are all vintage sci-fi horror B-movies, so maybe leave very small kids at home (but older kids will probably get a kick out of the kitsch). Movies start after sundown, so as it gets to be fall they begin earlier in the night. Check the website for showtimes.

 

  • June 4: Attack of the Crab Monsters
  • July 2: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  • August 6: Alligator People
  • September 3: Evil Brain from Outer Space
  • October 1: Plan 9 From Outer Space

 

Schuylkill Banks

Thursdays at 8 pm
Walnut Street Bridge or Wharton Street, depending on the date

 

Not all the selections are exactly kid-favorites, but there’s plenty to love, like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Paddington 2, and The Princess Bride. Some screenings take place on the east (South Philly) side of the Schuylkill by Wharton Street, while others will be under the Walnut Street Bridge. See their schedule for details.

 

  • July 8: Lady Bird
  • July 15: Barbershop
  • July 22: Paddington 2
  • July 29: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • August 5: Spy
  • August 12: The Princess Bride
  • August 19: Knives Out

 

Laurel Hill’s Cinema in the Cemetery

July 17, August 14, and August 28,  at sundown (see times listed below)

3822 Ridge Avenue

 

Laurel Hill Cemetery is showing spooky stories on its historic grounds. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and free for kids age 5 and under. Gates open one hour before showtime.

 

 

Dilworth Park

Thursdays from July 22-August 26, 8:30 pm

1 S. 15th St.

 

Outdoor movie nights on the big screen return to Dilworth Park this summer during Pictures in the Park! Showtime begins at 8:30 pm, and virtual movie trivia will be offered at 8:15 pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Movie theater snacks will be available for purchase at the Air Grille, including freshly popped popcorn, candy boxes, and soft drinks.

  • July 22: Wonder Woman
  • July 29: The Lion King (Live Action)
  • August 5: Jumanji: The Next Level
  • August 12: Black Panther
  • August 19: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 26: Jurassic Park

 

Movies @ The Mann

July 24 and August 18; 8 pm
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.

 

The “Movies @ The Mann” series is truly a unique entry in this list, because it pairs an outdoor movie experience with a live orchestra performance. While you watch the film, the orchestra performs the score! Bring a picnic and the whole family! Note that these are not free, but they are worth it! Ticket purchase site is linked for each title.

 

 

Movies in Clark Park

Fridays from August 6–27, sundown
4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.

 

The park will transform into an outdoor amphitheater to showcase a great lineup of films projected on a giant screen. Audiences are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, and to make advance reservations for each screening. Reservation links will be provided one week before the film, and a limited number of walk-up spaces will also be reserved.

 

  • August 6: Black Panther
  • August 13: A League of Their Own
  • August 20: The Iron Giant
  • August 27: Concrete Cowboy

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

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