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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.)

Asbury Park
A 4,300-square-foot rooftop space on the 6th floor of the Asbury Hotel blanketed in artificial lawn, Baronet turns into an outdoor cinema, a modern “carless” drive-in, open to the public showing a variety of movies projected on the 20-foot movie wall.

Avalon
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. 

June 28: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
July 5: “Top Gun”
July 12: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
July 19: “Dolittle” 2020
July 26: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Aug. 2: “Jaws”
Aug. 9: “The Greatest Showman”
Aug. 16: “The Sandlot”
Aug. 23: “Aladdin” 2019
Aug. 30: “Casablanca”

Beachwood 
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 15: Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • July 29: Spongebob Squarepants
  • Aug. 12: Dog
  • Aug. 26: Luca
  • Sept. 9: Encanto
  • Sept. 23: Sing 2
  • Oct. 7: Addams Family 2
  • Oct. 14: Halloweentown

Belmar Movies on the Beach
Movies are screened on the 7th Avenue Beach at dusk on Thursdays, July 14 to Aug. 25. Movie titles to be announced.

Fort Lee Summer 2022 Concert & Movie Series
Movies will be held at the
Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center starting at 8:30 pm.

  • July 14: Spiderman – No Way Home
  • July 21: Encanto
  • July 28: Top Gun
  • Aug. 11: West Side Story
  • Aug. 18: Back to the Future
  • Aug. 25: The Sandlot
  • Sept. 1: Princess Bride

Freehold Family Movie Night
Movies are shown on Wednesdays, June 22 to Aug. 24, in front of the Hall of Records in Downtown Freehold. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • June 22:  Back to the Future Part II
  • June 29: The Karate Kid
  • July 6: Sixteen Candles
  • July 13: Blinded by the Light
  • July 20: Home Alone
  • July 27: Grease
  • Aug. 3: The Lion King
  • Aug. 10: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • Aug. 17: Captain Underpants
  • Aug. 24: Men in Black

Gloucester County Movies in the Park
Movies are screened throughout the county on select Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. All movies begin at dusk, around 8:30 pm.

  • Wednesday, June 8- Clayton – Luca
    DJ Bentz Memorial Soccer Complex , 1 Garwood Blvd, Clayton
  • Monday, June 13 – National Park – Luca
    National Park Ballfields, 700 St Johns Walk, National Park
  • Wednesday, June 15 – Woolwich Twp – Luca
    Locke Avenue Park, 58 Locke Avenue, Woolwich
  • Friday, June 17 – Woodbury Heights – Soul
    Veteran’s Park, W. Jersey Ave & Elm Ave
  • Monday, June 20 – Wenonah – Luca
    Wenonah Lake, Maple St & Ogden Rd, Wenonah
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Elk Twp – Luca
    Elk Twp Recreation park, 700 Whig Lane, Monroeville
  • Friday, June 24 – Scotland Run Park – Aladdin (1992)
    Scotland Run Park, 980 E Academy St, Clayton
  • Wednesday, June 29 – Greenwich – Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Memorial Avenue Park, 1200 Memorial Ave, Greenwich
  • Friday, July 1 – Harrison Twp – Luca
    Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Road, Mullica Hill
  • Friday, July 8 – Glassboro – Luca
    New Street Park, 410 East New Street, Glassboro
  • Wednesday, July 13 – Franklinville – Raya and the Last Dragon
    Franklin Twp. Sports Complex, 500 Pennsylvania Ave, Franklinville
  • Friday, July 15 – Red Bank Battlefield – A Muppet’s Christmas Carol
    Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Ave, National Park
  • Wednesday, July 20 – Mantua – Spirit Untamed
    Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main St, Mantua
  • Friday, July 22 – Swedesboro – Space Jam: A New Legacy
    Swedesboro Auction Block, 400 Anderson Ave, Swedesboro
  • Wednesday, July 27 – Woodbury – Luca
    Stewart Park, 235 E Red Bank Ave, Woodbury
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 – Monroe – Luca
    Public Library of Monroe Twp., 713 Marsha Ave, Monroe Twp.
  • Friday, Aug. 5 – Paulsboro – Luca
    Fort Billings Park, Clonmel Rd & Delaware St, Paulsboro
  • Monday, Aug. 22 – South Harrison – Adam’s Family 2
    Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Rd, Mullica Hill
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24 – West Deptford – Boss Baby: Family Business
    River Winds Community Center, 1000 Riverwinds Drive, West Deptford
  • Friday, Aug. 26 – Pitman – Luca
    Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave, Pitman
  • Friday, Sept. 2 – Washington Twp. – Boss Baby: Family Business
    Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd, Sewell

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

  • June 11: Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • June 25: The French Dispatch
  • July 9: Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings (1978)
  • July 23: Robocop
  • Aug. 6: Network
  • Aug. 20: Summer of Soul
  • Sept. 17: Raising Arizona

Hoboken Movies Under the Stars

Pier A Park

  • June 15 – Jumanji: The Next Level
  • June 22 – Aladdin
  • June 29 – Spiderman: No Way Home
  • July 13 – In the Heights
  • July 27 – West Side Story
  • Aug. 10 – Sing 2
  • Aug. 17 – Encanto7th & Jackson Park
  • July 20 – Soul
  • Aug. 3 – Frozen 2

Jersey City

  • June 10: Sing 2, Canco Park
  • June 16: Minari, City Hall Plaza
  • June 23: Encanto, Leonard Gordon Park
  • June 24: The Secret Life of Pets 2, Bergen Hill Park
  • June 28: How to Train Your Dragon, Thomas McGovern Park
  • July 7: Moana, Bayside Park
  • July 8: Encanto, Riverview Fisk Park
  • July 12: Coco, Columbia Park
  • July 14: Raya and the Last Dragon, Audubon Park
  • July 19: Encanto, Ercel Web Park
  • July 21: Raya and the Last Dragon, Pershing Field
  • July 26: Space Jam 2, Arlington Park
  • July 28: Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Hamilton Park
  • Aug. 2: Spiderman: No Way Home, J. Owen Grundy Pier
  • Aug. 9: Respect, Berry Lane Park
  • Aug. 11: Tinkerbell, Boyd McGuiness Park
  • Aug. 16: Respect, Triangle Park
  • Aug. 18: Encanto, Village Park
  • Aug. 19: Encanto, Sgt. Anthony Park
  • Aug. 23: Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Harsimus Cemetery Park

Lavallette

Movies are shown at sunset, around 8:30 p.m., on the bay. In the event of inclement weather, the screenings move indoors to the Lavallette First Aid Building at 8 p.m.

  • July 5: Sing 2
  • July 12: Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • July 19: Luca
  • July 26: Spiderman: No Way Home
  • Aug. 2: Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Aug. 9: Paw Patrol
  • Aug. 16: Jungle Cruise
  • Aug. 23: The Karate Kid

Mahwah
Bring a chair or blanket to Darlington County Park so you can get comfortable while you watch these free movies beginning at sunset, approximately 8:30 pm.

  • July 13: On the Waterfront
  • July 20: Goldfinger

Margate
Margate’s Thrilling Thursdays includes a variety of entertaining movies on Thursdays, from July 7 to Aug. 25. Movie titles to be announced. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Free recreational cornhole play begins at 6 p.m.

Middletown
Enjoy summer while watching top blockbusters in several parks. Bring a chair or blanket. Bring movie snacks, or purchase on site.

  • June 23: Space Jam 2
  • July 28: Jungle Cruise
  • Aug. 25: Sing 2

Morristown
Come down to the Mayo Performing Arts Center for free movies this August.

  • Aug. 2, 10:30 am: Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Aug. 2, 7 pm: Summer of Soul
  • Aug. 16, 10:30 am: Encanto
  • Aug. 16, 7 pm: West Side Story

Ocean Grove
Movies are screened at Jersey Shore Arts Center’s North Parking Area. Register on JSAC’s website.  

  • June 23: Footloose
  • July 21: Back to the Future
  • Aug 18: The Birdcage
  • Sept. 15: E.T.
  • Sept. 21: Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
  • Sept. 22: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Sept. 23: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

North Arlington
Bring a chair or blanket to Riverside County Park so you can get comfortable while you watch these free movies beginning at sunset, approximately 8:30 pm.

  • July 27: Rocky
  • Aug. 3: Back to the Future

Paramus
Bring a chair or blanket to Van Saun County Park so you can get comfortable while you watch these free movies beginning at sunset, approximately 8:30 pm.

  • July 15: Lady and the Tramp
  • July 22: The Jungle Book
  • July 29: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Aug. 5: The Goonies
  • Aug. 10: Jurassic Park
  • Aug. 12: The Lion King
  • Aug. 17: Iron Man
  • Aug. 19: Shrek
  • Aug. 24: American Hustle
  • Aug. 26: Despicable Me

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. The 2022 lineup will be announced.

Princeton Movie Nights on the Green
Movies are screened on Palmer Square at dusk. Come early for upscale shopping or al fresco dining. Bring your own chair or blanket.

  • July 15: Encanto
  • Aug. 5: The Princess Diaries

Princeton University Art Museum
This year’s outdoor film series features musical films from across the decades. All screenings begin at sundown, approximately 8 pm, on campus at Alexander Beach, located behind Alexander Hall. Bring chairs or blankets. Popcorn will be provided.

  • July 7: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • July 14: Chicago (2002)
  • August 4: La La Land (2016)

Ridgewood
The Ridgewood Guild’s “Movies in the Park” event offers complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to attendees. Arrive about 30 minutes ahead of showtime to find a good spot for your chair or blanket.

  • June 15: Psycho, 9 p.m.
  • June 29, Justice League, 9 p.m.
  • July 13, Sing, 9 p.m.
  • July 27, Hairspray, 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 10, Clueless, 8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 24, All About Eve, 8:30 p.m.

Robbinsville
Robbinsville Recreation presents “Sing 2” during the Wheels & Reels outdoor movie night on July 22 at 8:30 pm. The screen will be set up at the intersection of Gordon and Sharon roads. Cost is $5 per car. Registration required.

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

  • July 6: Paw Patrol, 8:15 p.m.
  • July 13: The Croods: A New Age, 8:15 p.m.
  • July 20: Encanto, 8:15 p.m.
  • July 27: Polar Express, 8:15 p.m.
  • Aug. 3: Raya and the Last Dragon, 8:15 p.m.
  • Aug. 10: Space Jam: A New Legacy, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 17: Abominable, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 24: Clifford The Big Red Dog, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: Sing 2, 7:45 p.m.

South Brunswick
Enjoy food trucks and an inflatable obstacle course prior to the movie, which will be shown at sunset around 8:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic.

  • June 24: Sing 2, Woodlot Park
  • July 22: Encanto, Woodlot Park
  • Aug. 12: Movie TBD

South Orange
South Orange’s Moonlit Movies are held at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Films are screened on Wednesdays in August at 8 p.m. Movie titles to be announced.

Wildwood
Free family movie nights take place every Tuesday at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood, starting with Bambi on June 28. More titles will be announced.

INDOOR MOVIES
The following theaters are offering free indoor movies this summer as well.

STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY

New Brunswick
The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey announced the return of its Free Summer Movies Series.

  • July 19: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • July 26: Luca
  • August 2: Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • August 9: Encanto
  • August 16: In the Heights

All showings will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., except for In the Heights which will have a single showing at 7 p.m.
All movie screenings will include Spanish subtitles.
Tickets are free, but registration is required. Groups of 20 or more or those planning a bus trip, email education@stnj.org