One of the many benefits of summer in New Jersey is taking your favorite activities outdoors. A favorite #NJMOM pastime is taking our littles to a family-friendly movie on a beach, in a park, or a historic theater around New Jersey. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs and some snacks, and enjoy a crowd-pleasing classic under the stars.
Movies in the Park, Sea Isle City
Enjoy a mix of kids comedies and classic movies on Tuesdays and Fridays in Excursion Park in Sea Isle City.
July 2nd – Casablanca
July 6th – Sing
July 9th – Viva Las Vegas
July 13th – Coco
July 16th – King Kong
July 20th – The Emoji Movie
July 23rd – Harvey
July 27th – Nut Job 2
July 30th – It Happened One Night
Address: Excursion Park; JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ
Summer Movie Series, Fanwood
The Fanwood Recreation Commission announces its 2018 Free Summer Movie Series at Fanwood’s La Grande Park. Enjoy a night under the stars watching one of Hollywood’s latest family-friendly flicks on Fanwood’s state-of-the-art, 16 foot-wide outdoor movie screen!
July 2nd – The LEGO Batman Movie (Monday showing)
July 10th – Beauty and the Beast
July 17th – The Incredibles
July 24th – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
July 31st – Coco
Address: LaGrande Park, LaGrande Avenue, Fanwood, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Avalon
Free movies on the beach every Tuesday located on Avalon’s 30th Beach Street. Movies begin at dusk. All movies are free to the public with no beach tag needed; in the event of inclement weather, the movies are shown inside Avalon Community Hall.
July 3rd — Wonder
July 10th — Wonder Woman
July 17th — Despicable Me 3
July 24th — E.T.
July 31st — Coco
Address: 30th Street Beach, Avalon, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Seaside Heights
Enjoy free movies every Sunday and Tuesday at Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights. Movies start at 8 pm.
July 3rd – Jaws
July 8th – The BFG
July 10th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
July 15th – Finding Dory
July 17th – Moana
July 22nd – Storks
July 24th – Casper
July 29th – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
July 31st – Cars 3
Address: Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ
Free Family Movie Night, Wildwood
Movies will be shown at Bryne Plaza at Pacific Avenue, and start at dusk, around 8:15 pm.
July 3rd – The Lego Batman Movie
July 10th – Ferdinand
July 17th – Paddington 2
July 24th – Tangled
July 31st – Despicable Me 3
Address: Byrne Plaza, Wildwood, NJ
Free Kids Summer Films at Cityplex 12, Newark
Take a break from the summer heat with free indoor films each Wednesday and Thursday.
July 3rd & 4th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
July 10th & 11th – Despicable Me 3
July 17th & 18th – Ferdinand
July 24th & 25th – Boss Baby
July 31st – Wonder
Address: Cityplex 12; 360 Springfield Ave. Newark, NJ
Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Films, Toms River
Cool off with free indoor films each Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Two movies options are available each day.
July 3rd & 4th – Boss Baby and Despicable Me
July 10th & 11th – Despicable Me 2 and Smurfs
July 17th & 18th – Captain Underpants and The LEGO Batman Movie
July 24th & 25th – The Angry Birds Movie and Despicable Me 3
July 31st – The Emoji Movie and Minions
Address: 1311 Route 37W, Toms River, NJ
Bow Tie Cinemas Summer Kids Series
Bow Tie Cinemas presents free screenings of popular kids flicks as part of their Summer Kids Series. Locations include Hoboken, South Orange, Bergenfield and Montclair. Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis.
July 3rd & 4th – Trolls
July 10th & 11th – Ferdinand
July 17th & 18th – Captain Underpants
July 24th & 25th – Boss Baby
July 31st – Smurfs: The Lost Village
Address: Bowtie Cinemas in Hoboken, Caldwell, South Orange, and Ridgewood
Movie Nights at the Waterfront, Keyport
The Borough of Keyport, the Keyport Recreation Committee, and the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC) present Free Summer Outdoor Movie Nights at Waterfront Park. All movies start at dusk. Rain dates TBA.
July 5th – Teen Beach Movie
July 12th – The Dog Who Saved Christmas
July 19th – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
July 26th – Coco
Address: Waterfront Park, American Legion Drive, Keyport, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Point Pleasant
Free Movies on the Beach every Friday night at dark this summer starting at dusk. Weather permitting.
July 6th – The Little Mermaid
July 13th – The Incredibles
July 20th – Cars 3
July 27th – Frozen
Address: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
Summer Movie Series, West New York
Bring a blanket or a chair to Veteran’s Park in West New York for their Friday night movie series.
July 6th – Jumanji
July 20th – Spider Man
Address: Veteran’s Park- 54th Street and Boulevard East, West New York, NJ
Free Movies in the Park, Gloucester County
Gloucester County is hosting free movies every Friday.
July 6th – The Emoji Movie, Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville – Cross Keys Rd, Washing Twp, NJ
July 13th – Coco, Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Avenue, Woodbury Twp, NJ
July 20th – Lego Ninjago, Woolwich Twp Municipal Building, 120 Village Green Drive, Woolwich Twp, NJ
July 25th – Moana, Newfield Grove, Catawba-Madison Avenue, Newfield Borough, NJ
July 27th – Zootopia, Lake Narraticon Park, Park Avenue, Swedesboro, NJ
Movies and Music Under the Stars, Fort Lee
Enjoy live bands and movies under stars on Saturday evenings in Fort Lee, NJ. In case of rain the program takes place on the second floor of the Community Center. Seating is limited so please bring lawn chairs or blankets.
July 7th – The Greatest Showman
July 14th – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
July 21st – Grease
July 28th – Beach Party
Address: Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center at 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ
Free Tuesdays and Thursday Night Movies, Collingswood
Free movies Tuesdays and Thursday at Knight Park, screen is located by the Browning and Collins intersection near the gazebo. This event is BYOC – bring your own chair. In the event of rain, movies will be cancelled.
July 10th – Toy Story
July 12th – Star Wars: A New Hope
July 17th – Game Plan
July 19th – Cheaper by the Dozen
July 24th – Grease
July 26th – Frozen
July 31th – The Lion King
Address: Knight Park, Collingswood, NJ
Free Movies at the State Theatre, New Brunswick
The historic State Theatre is hosting two free screenings of family- friendly movies on Tuesday this Summer.
July 10th – Coco
July 17th – Despicable Me 3
July 24th – The Lion King
July 31st – The Great Muppet Caper
Address: State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
Movies at Applegate Farms, Montclair
Enjoy a movie under the stars at Applegate Farms with ice cream, a DJ, games and a magic show. Movie screenings begin at 8:30 pm.
July 11th – Despicable Me 3
July 18th – Coco
July 25th – Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle
Address: 616 Grove St, Montclair, NJ
Movies Under the Stars, Hoboken
One of our favorite spots to a watch a free movie in the summer is Pier A Park in Hoboken. For the best seating, we recommend showing up early and bringing a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. Movies begin at 9pm.
July 11th – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
July 18th – The Post
July 25th – The Greatest Showman
Address: Pier A Park, 1st St. & Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ
Movies in the Park, Basking Ridge
Free movies on Wednesday evenings at Dunham Park starting at 8:30pm.
July 11th – Moana
July 18th – Jumanji
July 25th – Despicable Me 3
Address: Dunham Park, Basking Ridge, NJ
Films in Van Vorst, Jersey City
The 14th Annual Outdoor Summer film series will take place in Van Vorst Park on Wednesday nights. Screenings in July will begin at about 8:30 or later depending on sunset. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.
July 11th – Ferdinand
July 25th – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Address: Van Vorst Park, 257-287 Montgomery St. Jersey City, NJ
Big Screen Outdoor Family Movie, Morris Twp
Bring the whole family and your blankets or lawn chairs to Ginty Field, and enjoy their free big-screen outdoor family movies. Arrive an hour early for DJ music before each movie. The family-friendly features will begin at dusk which is approximately 8:30PM.
July 11th – Peter Rabbit
July 25th – Coco
Address: Ginty Field, next to the Morris Twp. Municipal Complex, Morris Twp, NJ
Starlit Cinema, Somerville
Downtown Somerville will be hosting free movies on Thursday nights this Summer. All shows start at 8:30PM on Division Street. Enjoy a night out with a guaranteed-awesome movie on a giant screen with a state-of-the-art sound system and some of the best food in New Jersey.
July 12th – Wonder Woman
July 19th – Beauty and the Beast
July 26th – Inside Out
Address: Division St, Somerville, NJ
Movies in the Park, Jersey City
Jersey City hosts family-friendly movies under the stars throughout the city this summer. All movies begin at sunset.
July 12th – The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Thomas McGovern Park)
July 16th – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Leonard Gordon Park)
July 19th – Cars 3 (Riverview Fisk Park)
July 23rd – The Nut Job 2 (Columbia Park)
July 26th – Space Jam (Audubon Park)
July 30th – Coco (Berry Lane Park)
Thrilling Thursdays, Margate City
Margate’s “Thrilling Thursdays” let you watch movies under the stars at the Margate Public Library. Pre-movie activities start at 8 pm and movie starts at 8:30 pm.
July 12th – Rio
July 19th – X Men: First Class
July 26th – Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked
Address: Decatur Avenue Beach (right in front of Lucy the Elephant), Margate City, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Cape May
On Thursday nights, head down to the beach beside the Cape May Convention Hall for free movies starting at i 8:30PM.
July 12th – Flubber
July 19th – X-men Apocalypse
July 29th – Disney’s The Sword in the Stone
Address: Convention Hall, Cape May NJ
Movies in the Park, Galloway
On Friday the 13th, enjoy a free outdoor movie at the Galloway Municipal Complex. Face-painting by Jazzy Jen will begin one hour before the movie (approximately 7:00PM – 8:00PM).
July 13th – Nut Job 2
Address: 300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, NJ
Movies in the Park, Lebanon
Lebanon Township will host free movies in the park at dusk in Memorial Park starting at dusk.
July 13th – Coco
Address: Memorial Park,70 Bunnvale Road, Lebanon, NJ
Summer Movies on the Green, Princeton
Palmer Square is hosting a family-friendly movie under the stars on the Green. Come early for dinner, then grab some ice cream for the show. Be sure to bring your own blanket or lawn chair.
Movies will begin at 8:45pm (dusk)
July 13th – The Goonies
Address: Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ
Movies on the Hill, Howell
Free movies shown on the Howell Library Hill beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring your own blanket or lawn chair.
July 13th – Jumanji
July 27th – Coco
Address: Howell Library Hill, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ
Movies in the Park, Sayreville
A free family-friendly night out at Kennedy Park. Movies will start at 9pm.
July 14th – Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle
Address: Kennedy Park, Sayreville, NJ
Movies Under the Stars, Sparta
Movies on the jumbo screen start at dusk (approximately 8:00PM). Music by a DJ will be played prior to movie, along with tattoos, face painting, and refreshments available for purchase.
July 14th – The Karate Kid
Address: Dykstra Park, Sparta, NJ
Movies on the Beach, Belmar
View movies on 8th Avenue Beach beginning at dusk. All movies are weather permitting
July 14th – Despicable Me 3 (rain date July 18)
July 21st – Cars 3 (rain date July 25)
July 28th – Wonder Woman (rain date August 1)
Address: 8th Avenue Beach, Belmar, NJ
Movie in the Park, Mendham
Enjoy a free outdoor movie in the park!
July 18th – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Address: Mendham Borough Park, Mendham, NJ
Movies in the Park, Maplewood
Maplewood Police Department, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, Cultural Affairs, SOMA Film Festival and GCADA, will be hosting Movies in the Park. Bring your favorite blankets and chairs. Festivities include a bouncy house, a magician, a face painter, popcorn, drinks, and games for the children.
July 18th – The Incredibles
Address: Dehart Park, Maplewood, NJ
Green on the Screen, Summit
On Thursday nights throughout July and August, community members gather on the Village Green to enjoy a movie night experience, complete with a 36′ x 24′ outdoor screen, cinema sound, and the projection clarity of today’s best Blu-Ray player. As part of the experience, a few of the on-screen characters will be present before the movie.
July 19th – Early Man
July 26th – Ferdinand
Address: 356 Broad Street, Summit, NJ
Pemberton Twp. Summer Movie Series, Pemberton
Pemberton Recreation & Pemberton Township Alliance will present their outdoor Summer movie! The event features not only a free movie, but popcorn as well!
July 20th – Coco
Address: Mirror Lake Beach & Lake, Browns Mills, NJ
Drive-In Movies, Bridgewater
Travel back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50’s – complete with large screen. Movies begin at 8:30pm.
July 20th – TBA
July 27th – TBA
Address: Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ
Outdoor Movie Theater, Highland Park
Highland Park is once again hosting outdoor movies this Summer! Vintage cartoons will be screened at dusk with a movie screening at 9pm.
July 21st – E.T.
Address: Municipal Lot; Raritan Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ
Franklin Lakes Movies Under the Stars
The field opens at 7:30 PM and the movies will begin at 8:30 PM. Don’t forget your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, snacks and enjoy these exciting films with your loved ones! Refreshments and giveaways sponsored by Kindercare Learning Center at Franklin Lakes
July 25th – Coco (Rain Date July 26th)
Address: Parsons Pond Park, 500 Parsons Pond Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Movies Under the Stars, Hackensack
The Hackensack Performing Arts Center is hosting a free movie under the stars at Atlantic Street Park! July’s pick is Coco. Admission is free just bring a blanket or lawn chair.
July 26th – Coco
Address: Atlantic Street Park, 102 State Street, Hackensack, NJ
Free Summer Movies at MPAC, Morristown
Enjoy movies on the big screen at Mayo Performing Arts Center Mainstage this summer. Tickets are free and can be reserved online. Two Screenings Each Day!
July 26th – The Greatest Showman
Address: Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Summer Movies in the Park, Dover
Enjoy Summer Movies in the Park with Music from 7:30—8:00pm with the movie following after.
July 27th – Coco
Address: JFK Commons Park, Dover, NJ
Movies Under the Stars, Cedar Grove
Enjoy movies under the stars at Morgan’s Farms! Movies start at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and water will be provided.
July 31st – Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle
Address: 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ
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