Watching outdoor movies in NJ is one of those amazing summer experiences you have to do at least once—there’s nothing better than sitting on a blanket during a warm summer night with a favorite family film on the big screen. Luckily, this summer has a bunch of outdoor movies you can watch all over the state (oh, and did we mention they’re free). Whether it’s on the sand, the grass, or an outdoor amphitheater, bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks to catch one of these flicks under the stars. Looking for more movies for the fam? Pack up the car and head out to see one of these drive-in movies in NJ. (featured photo credit: istock/Vera_Petrunina)
Outdoor Movies in NJ
Outdoor Movies in North 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 movies in NJ. Sing 2 and Disney’s Jungle Cruise are just a few blockbusters you can see this summer.
Address: Ginty Field, next to the Morris Twp. Municipal Complex, Morris Twp, NJ 07960
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. Don’t miss Spiderman No Way Home at City Hall Plaza, Moana at Bayside Park, and Encanto at Village Park.
Address: Locations vary
Movies Under the Stars, Hoboken
One of our favorite spots to watch a free movie in the summer is Pier A Park or 7th and Jackson Park in Hoboken. We recommend showing up early and bringing a blanket or comfortable low-back chair for the best seating. Movies begin at 9 PM in June and July and 8:30 PM in August. Jumanji: The Next Level, In The Heights, and West Side Story are just a few movies shown this summer.
Address: Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Movies Under the Stars, Sparta
Movies on the jumbo screen start at dusk, approximately 8 PM. Come early to enjoy the DJ along with glow sticks and popcorn.
Address: Dykstra Park, Sparta, NJ 07871
Summer Concert and Movie Series, Fort Lee
Enjoy live bands and movies under the stars in Fort Lee, NJ. The movies start at 8:30 PM and have classics like The Princess Bride, The Sandlot, and Back to the Future. Seating is limited, so please bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Address: Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center at 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Outdoor Movies in Central NJ
Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Films, Toms River
If you need to cool off from the outdoor movies in NJ, why not try a free indoor film each Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 AM. Two movie options are available each day. Choose from Peter Rabbit 2, Clifford, Paw Patrol, and The Addams Family.
Address: 1311 Route 37W, Toms River, NJ 08755
Moonlight Movies in the Park, Sayreville
A free, family-friendly night out at Sayreville Sports Complex for the Mayor’s Moonlight Drive-In Movie. The Mighty Ducks will be the movie showing on July 23.
Address: Kennedy Park, 4441 Bordentown Ave., Sayreville, NJ 08872
Movies in the Park, Beachwood
Grab your blankets and lawn chair and watch a movie along the Toms River. A concession stand will also be available.
518 Bayside Ave., Beachwood, NJ 08722
Movie Nights at the Waterfront, Keyport
The Borough of Keyport and the Keyport Recreation Committee present Free Summer Outdoor Movie Nights at Waterfront Park. Clifford, Rocky, and Spiderman No Way Home are just some movie choices this summer.
Address: Waterfront Park, American Legion Drive, Keyport, NJ 07735
Movies on the Beach, Point Pleasant Beach
Head to the beach every Tuesday this summer to see family favorites.
Address: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Movies on the Beach, Seaside Heights
Enjoy free movies every Sunday at Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights. Movies start at 8:30 PM and include Jaws, Luca, and Sing 2.
Address: Cartaret Avenue Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
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 9 PM. Don’t miss titles like Robocop.
Address: Municipal Lot; Raritan Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904
Screen on the Green, Summit
On Thursday nights throughout July and August, gather on the Village Green to enjoy a movie night experience, complete with an outdoor screen, cinema sound, and a Blu-Ray player. There is a dance party before the movie too.
Address: 356 Broad Street, Summit, NJ 07901
Starlit Cinema, Somerville
Downtown Somerville will be hosting free movies on Thursday nights this summer. All shows start at 8:30 PM on Division Street. Enjoy a night out with a film on a giant screen with a state-of-the-art sound system and some of the best food in New Jersey.
Address: Division St, Somerville, NJ 08876
Summer Movies on the Green, Princeton
Palmer Square is hosting family-friendly outdoor movies in NJ, an experience you won’t want to miss. Come early for dinner, then grab some ice cream for the show, which begins at dusk. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Address: Palmer Square, 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Summer Movie Series, Fanwood
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.
Address: LaGrande Park, LaGrande Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023
Movies on the Beach, Belmar
View movies on Thursday nights beginning at dusk. All movies are weather permitting. Encanto, CoCo, and Luca will be just a few of the blockbusters to see on the beach this summer.
Address: 7th Avenue Beach and Ocean, Belmar, NJ 07719
State Theatre Free Summer Movies, New Brunswick
When the weather is rainy, the State Theatre New Jersey is offering free movies this summer in the morning and evening.
Address: 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Outdoor Movies in South NJ
Free Family Movie Night, Wildwood
Movies will be shown at Bryne Plaza at Pacific Avenue on Tuesday nights starting at dusk, around 8:15 PM. Your littles will love Rio 2 and Horton Hears a Who!
Address: Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Movies in Knight Park, Collingswood
Free movies Tuesdays and Thursdays at Knight Park. The screen is located by the Browning and Collins intersection near the gazebo. This event is BYOC (bring your own chair) to see The Princess Bride, Remember the Titans, and Elf.
Address: Knight Park, Park Ave. & W. Browning Road, Collingswood, NJ 08107
Free Movies in the Park, Gloucester County
Gloucester County hosts free movies during the summer at different locations throughout the county on select dates.
Address: Locations vary
Movies under the Stars, Sea Isle City
Enjoy a mix of kids’ comedies and classic movies for free. Don’t forget your beach chairs and blankets to bring to Excursion Park in Sea Isle City.
Address: Excursion Park; JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
Movies on the Beach, Avalon
Check out the free movies on the beach every Tuesday at Avalon’s 30th Beach Street. Movies begin at dusk, and the films are moved to Wednesday if it rains.
Address: 30th Street and the beach, Avalon, NJ 08202
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 dusk. Don’t forget your beach chair and blanket.
Address: Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
Pemberton Twp. Summer Movie Series, Pemberton
Get your blanket or lawn chair ready this summer and enjoy some outdoor movies. Note: movies will take place in several locations around town, so check the location before you go.
Address: Several locations
Thrilling Thursdays, Margate City
Margate’s “Thrilling Thursdays” lets you watch movies under the stars behind the Martin Bloom Pavilion. Free recreational cornhole is available before the film at 6 PM.
Address: Martin Bloom Pavilion between Granville and Huntington Avenues, Margate City, NJ 08402
Are you planning on seeing any outdoor movies in NJ this summer? Let us know which ones you love!
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