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What’s better than watching movies under the stars? Watching free movies under the stars. So save some money, spend a little time outdoors, and take in a family-friendly flick. If the kids get restless, they can always take a break and look for lightning bugs. Have fun out there! (While most movies listed here are rated G or PG, some may be PG-13 or have heavier themes for kids, so remember to check before you go.)

Enjoy a movie down the shore at Avalon Recreation Department’s Beach Movies every Tuesday throughout the summer. Movies will be screened at 30th Street & the beach at dusk. 

  • July 13: Rocky IV
  • July 20: The Karate Kid
  • July 27: Grease
  • August 3: Jaws
  • August 10: The Croods: A New Age
  • August 17: The Mighty Ducks
  • August 24: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Beachwood Recreation Commission’s Movies in the Park event takes place at Mayo Park. Children can get their faces painted or interact with the movie characters that come to the park on select nights before the film starts. 

  • July 16: Sonic the Hedgehog (starts at 8:45 PM)
  • July 30: Frozen (starts at 8:30 PM)
  • August 16: Raya and the Last Dragon (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 27: The Wizard of Oz (starts at 7:45 PM)

Belmar Movies on the Beach
Movies are screened on the 7th Avenue Beach at dusk.

  • July 15: Frozen
  • July 22: Minions
  • July 29: Moana
  • August 5: Trolls World Tour
  • August 12: Despicable Me 3
  • August 19: Toy Story 3

Drive-in movies as part of the town’s annual Summerfest are held at Windward Beach Park (unless otherwise noted). Movies begin at dusk.

  • August 6: Back to the Future
  • August 13: Abominable
  • August 20: The Avengers
  • August 27: Tom and Jerry 

Cedar Grove
Morgans Farm and the Cedar Grove pool will show movies at dusk. 

  • July 27: The Croods: A New Age (Morgans Farm)
  • August 27: Tom and Jerry: The Movie (Cedar Grove Pool)

Movies are shown at dusk at Knight Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • July 13: The Game Plan
  • July 15: The Lego Movie
  • July 20: Grease
  • July 22: The Empire Strikes Back
  • July 27: Finding Nemo
  • July 29: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • August 5: Wreck It Ralph
  • August 12: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • August 19: The Incredibles

Fanwood Recreation’s Free Summer Movie Series takes place in La Grande Park on Tuesdays.

  • July 13: Frozen 2 (starts at 8:30 PM)
  • July 20: Jumanji: The Next Level (starts at 8:30 PM)
  • July 27: The Croods: A New Age (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 3: Toy Story 4 (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 10: Mama Mia (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 17: Guardians of the Galaxy (starts at 8 PM)

Fort Lee
The Summer Movie Series takes place at Fort Lee Jack Alter Community Center Lawn. Movies are shown on Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. Reservations are not required.

  • July 15: The Greatest Showman
  • July 22: Minari
  • July 29: The Princess Bride
  • August 12: Hidden Figures
  • August 19: The Lion King
  • August 26: Field of Dreams 
  • September 2: Grease

Gloucester County Movies in the Park
Movies are screened throughout the county on select Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. All movies begin at dusk.

Glassboro: New Street Park: 410 East New Street, Glassboro

  • July 9: Trolls World Tour

Franklinville: Franklin Twp. Sports Complex: 500 Pennsylvania Ave, Franklinville 

  • July 14: Trolls World Tour

Gloucester County: Red Bank Battlefield: 100 Hessian Ave, National Park

  • July 16: The Polar Express

Woodbury Heights: Veteran’s Park: W. Jersey Ave. and Elm Ave

  • July 19: Onward

Greenwich: Memorial Avenue Park: 1200 Memorial Ave, Greenwich

  • July 21: Onward

Washington Township: Washington Lake Park:  626 Hurffville:Crosskeys road, Sewell

  • July 23: Sonic the Hedgehog 

National Park:  National Park Ballfields: 700 St Johns Walk, National Park

  • July 26: Trolls World Tour

Mantua: Chestnut Branch Park: 545 Main street, Mantua

  • August 11: Trolls World Tour 

Woolwich Township: Locke Avenue Park: 58 Locke Avenue, Woolwich

  • August 13: Onward

South Harrison: Stewart Park: 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill 

  • August 18: Wonder Park

Paulsboro: Fort Billings Park: Clonmel Road and Delaware Street, Paulsboro

  • August 20: Trolls World Tour

West Deptford:  River Winds Community Center: 1000 Riverwinds Drive, West Deptford

  • August 25: Trolls World Tour

Pitman: Sunset Auditorium: Laurel Ave, Pitman

  • August 27: Onward

Hackensack Movies Under the Stars
Movies start at 8:30 PM at Foschini Park. Reservations are required. They can be made on the HACPAC website

  • July 22: WW 84
  • July 29: Jumanji The Next Level
  • August 19: Casablanca
  • August 26: The Goonies

The Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater
212 Raritan Ave. Movies shown at 9 PM.

  • July 10: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 
  • July 24: Quadrophenia
  • August 21: Minari 
  • September: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones 

Hoboken Movies Under the Stars
Films are shown at Pier A Park unless otherwise specified. Movies in July start at 9 PM and movies in August start at 8 PM. 

  • July 14: West Side Story
  • July 21: Grease
  • July 28: The Lion King (Jackson and 7th St. Park)
  • August 4: Onward (Jackson and 7th St. Park)
  • August 11: Frozen 2
  • August 18: Toy Story 4

Margate’s Thrilling Thursdays includes a variety of entertaining movies. Films are screened behind the Martin Bloom Pavilion at 7:00 PM.

  • July 15: Monsters Inc.
  • July 22: Star Wars: Force Awakens
  • July 29: The Lion King (live-action)
  • August 5: The Goonies
  • August 12: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • August 19: Trolls World Tour
  • August 26: Jumanji: The Next Level

Morris Township
Ginty Field, next to the Morris Twp. Municipal Complex on Woodland Ave. at 8:30 pm. Reservations are not required.

  • July 14: Yogi Bear
  • July 28: Tom & Jerry
  • August 20: Sports double feature: movies to be announced 
  • August 21: The War with Grandpa

Ocean Grove
Take a trip down memory lane at the Jersey Shore Arts Center’s ‘80’s Mixed-Tape Outdoor Movie Series. Movies are screened at JSAC’s North Parking Area. You can register on JSAC’s website.  

  • July 22: Little Shop of Horrors (starts at 8:30 PM)
  • August 5: Footloose (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 12: Raiders of the Lost Ark (starts at 8:00 PM)
  • August 19: Hairspray (starts at 8:30 PM)

Point Pleasant
Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach takes place on the beach across from the boardwalk each Tuesday throughout the summer. Movies begin at dusk.

  • July 13: The Lion King
  • July 20: Onward
  • July 27: Elf
  • August 3: Mary Poppins (2018)
  • August 10: Grease
  • August 17: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • August 24: Hocus Pocus
  • August 31: Cars 3

Princeton Movie Nights on the Green
Movies are screened on Palmer Square at dusk. 

  • July 9: SING
  • August 13: The Mighty Ducks

The Ridgewood Guild’s “Movies in the Park” event offers complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to attendees. Bring your family to their July 14 screening of The Greatest Showman, which will be a circus theme. Movies begin at 9 PM in July and 8:30 PM in August.

  • July 14: The Greatest Showman
  • July 28: A Dog’s Purpose
  • August 11: Maleficent 
  • August 25: Tootsie

Roselle Park
Movies are screened at Herm Shaw Field every Wednesday throughout July at dusk. 

  • July 14: Trolls World Tour
  • July 21: Onward
  • July 28: Raya and the Last Dragon

Sea Isle City
Free Family Movie Under the Stars takes place on Wednesday at 8 PM at Excursion Park. 

  • July 14: Onward
  •  July 21: Detective Pikachu
  • July 28: Sonic the Hedgehog 
  • August 4: Trolls World Tour 
  • August 11:Toy Story 4
  • August 18: Missing Link
  • August 25: Lilo and Stitch 
  • September 1: Abominable

South Orange
South Orange’s Moonlit Movies are held at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Films are screened in August at 8 PM. 

  • August 11: Frozen 2
  • August 18: Onward
  • August 25: Jumanji: The Next Level

Village Green’s Screen on the Green Movie Series includes Family Dance Parties at 7:15,  before the movie starts. Kids can also interact with their favorite on-screen characters. 

  • July 15: Drive-in at Summit Family Aquatic Center: Onward
  • July 22: Trolls World Tour
  • July 29: Hercules
  • August 5: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • August 12: The Lion King (live-action film)
  • August 19: Drive-in at Summit Family Aquatic Center: The Karate Kid

Union County
Union County’s Family Fun and Flix outdoor movie series is re-opening this summer. You and your family will be entertained before the movie with a dance party and ice cream truck, if you wish to buy a treat. Movies begin at dusk. 

  • July 13 at Warinanco Park in Roselle: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • July 20 at Warinanco Park in Roselle: Scoob
  • July 27 at Rahway Park Stadium in Rahway: Croods: A New Age
  • August 10 at Warinanco Park in Roselle: Tom and Jerry
  • August 17 at Warinanco Park in Rosell: Black Panther
  • August 24 at Rutgers Avenue Park in Hillside: Aladdin (live-action)

Free family movie nights take place every Tuesday at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood. 

  • July 13: Sleeping Beauty (starts at 8:25 PM)
  • July 20: Rio (starts at 8:20 PM)
  • July 27: Toy Story 2 (starts at 8:15 PM)
  • August 10: Spies in Disguise (starts at 8:00 PM)
  • August 17: Onward (starts at 7:51 PM)
  • August 24: Frozen 2 (starts at 7:41 PM)