6 Places To Catch A Free Outdoor Movie In Boston This Summer

There's something so distinctly summer about spreading a blanket beneath the stars and enjoying a Hollywood film. Maybe it's a throwback to the days of drive-ins, or the scent of flowers carried on the warm air.

Either way, it is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening, and these six Boston spots are offering it up for free!

1. Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Everyone's favorite spot for fireworks and live musical acts also offers up free friday night movies all summer long. Sponsored by WBZ News Radio 1030, this series is in its 34th season! Pack up your beach chairs and fill a cooler with snacks! The movies start at sunset.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • Friday July 12, Sunset (~8:19 pm) - Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
  • Friday July 19, Sunset (~8:14 pm) - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)
  • Friday July 26, Sunset (~8:07 pm) - Bumblebee (PG-13)
  • Friday August 2, Sunset (~7:59 pm) - The Lego Movie 2 (PG)
  • Friday August 9, Sunset (~7:50 pm) - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)
  • Friday August 16, Sunset (~7:40 pm) - Captain Marvel (PG-13)
  • Friday August 23, Sunset (~7:29 pm) - Dumbo (2019) (PG)


2. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival

The beautiful Prudential Center offers family-friendly films every Saturday night at sunset. With a mix of brand new blockbusters and family classics, there is something for everyone! Hosted by Magic 106.7, this weekly event includes children’s activities and giveaways starting every week at 6 p.m.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • Saturday July 13: Mary Poppins Returns
  • Saturday July 20: Lego Movie 2
  • Saturday July 27: Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Saturday August 3: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Saturday August 10: Smallfoot
  • Saturday August 17: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Saturday August 24: Missing Link
  • Saturday August 31: Dumbo (2019)


3. Boston Harbor Hotel Movies by Moonlight

The Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City Entertainment Series is well underway with outdoor entertainment by the sea. While all of their Friday night films are family-friendly, there are a few romantic classics thrown in for a fun, free date night. To make the evening complete, grab an al fresco dish from Rowes Wharf Sea Grille or The Harborwalk Terrace. 

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • 7/12 Moana
  • 7/19 Jurassic Park
  • 7/26 Sleepless in Seattle
  • 8/2 Raiders of The Lost Ark
  • 8/9 Aquaman
  • 8/16 Ghost
  • 8/23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 8/30 Captain America: The First Avenger


4. Coolidge on the Greenway

The summer classic cinema series at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is almost over for 2019, but you can still catch Bullitt with Steve McQueen and the 80's favorite, Back to the Future II. 

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • Tuesday, July 16 - Bullitt (Rain Date: July 17)
  • Tuesday, August 13 - Back to the Future II (Rain Date: August 14)


5. DCR Martini Shell Summer Movies

Looking for a way to brighten up a boring Tuesday summer night?  Head to DCR Martini Shell Park in Hyde Park for a free family flick! 

 

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • July 16: Mary Poppins Returns
  • July 23: Spiderman into the Spider Verse
  • July 30: Bumblebee
  • August 6: The Lego Movie 2
  • August 13: How to Train your Dragon: 
  • The Hidden World
  • August 20: Captain Marvel
  • August 27: Dumbo

6. Summer Movie Series at The Davis Museum

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is known for fine art, but they aren't above a little cinematic beauty. Offered on Friday and Saturday nights, this family film series is in its third summer with showings in Davis Plaza.

2019 Summer Movie Lineup

  • July 12: Muppets (2011)
  • July 25 - WALL-E 
  • July 26: Mary Poppins (1964)
  • August 8 - The Fifth Element 
  • August 9: Beauty and the Beast (2017)