Air conditioning, shmair conditioning. Unless the weather is so hazy, hot and humid your ‘do resembles that of a Hairspray character, summer nights were meant to be spent outside and not holed up in a movie theater. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your flick fix. Parks, beaches, restaurants and community centers around Long Island will be treating locals to outdoor movie nights, often for free. Grab some popcorn, a Jumbo box of Skittles and beach towel (or throw it back to the good old days and find a drive-in) and enjoy your favorite flick under the stars.
Movies by the Bay at Sea Breeze Park, Freeport
Roll out your towel at the foot of the Nautical Mile and watch popular movies like Jurassic World (July 15), The Peanuts Movie (Aug 5) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Aug 12). The movie is free and if you get there early, so is the popcorn. Go.
Movies on the Beach, Long Beach
When the sun sets on the City by the Sea, transition from beach day to movie night. Movies on the Beach runs through Sept 24 in Long Beach, bringing cult classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show (July 30) to mega-classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Sept 24) to our shores. Go.
Lakeside Movie Night at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
On Thursday nights and select Sundays through Aug 28, Nassau County’s largest park turns into a movie theater. Ditch the car and follow the yellow brick road to your spot when Wizard of Oz plays Aug 25. Go.
Town of Babylon Movie Series at Town Hall Lawn, Lindenhurst or Tanner Park, Amity Harbor
Every other Monday through Aug 8, round up the whole family and find a patch of grass on Babylon’s Town Hall Lawn or in Tanner Park. See Long Island native Rosie O’Donnell star alongside Madonna and Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own July 25 in Tanner Park. In the event of an obligatory summer shower, take a rain check for Tuesday night. Go.
Movies on the Harbor at Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson
Blockbusters like Jurassic World (July 19) and Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation (Aug 9) are slated to come to Harborfront Park this summer. Pro tips: come early to watch a one-of-a-kind sunset over the harbor, then head to WAVE as the credits begin to roll for a digestif on the pier. Go.
Movies on the Lawn, Huntington and Northport
Cross some movies and local parks off your bucket list this summer. Regular and drive-in screenings will be offered at Heckscher Park, Peter Nelson Park and Crab Meadow Beach. Show your young niece just how cool drive-in movies are by taking her to Finding Nemo (July 21, Crab Meadow Beach). Go.
Prime – An American Kitchen and Bar, Huntington
Popcorn is great and Prime offers plenty of that at their outdoor movie nights, but BBQ and cocktails just make things a little more special. The gorgeous views of Coney’s Marina at dusk do, too. Go.