2017 Summer Outdoor Movie Series Schedules

These flicks can be seen from a lawn chair, on a blanket or from your car, under the stars.

Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park. Photo by Jennifer Carter.

Grab your friends and family, a picnic blanket and some snacks and check out the numerous venues all over the state that offer outdoor movie screenings in fields, beaches and parks.

  1. NewportFILM Outdoors on Aquidneck Island

Experience more than just a typical movie night with NewportFILM’s outdoor summer movie series. On select Thursdays this summer, join NewportFILM for award-winning documentaries, live music, on-site food vendors and q-and-a sessions amongst Aquidneck Island’s most beautiful outdoor spaces! Food vendors will be open and live music will be performed before the start of the films, so claim your spot, grab some tasty treats and enjoy a summer night under the stars! Tip: movies such as Chasing Coral and Bending the Arc will be shown and free popcorn will be available. Confirmed viewing locations this year will include St. George’s School lawn, Kings Park, Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue, The Elms, St. Michael’s Country Day School lawn and Ochre Court lawn at Salve Regina University.

Showtimes: Thursday nights at sunset. Check newportfilm.com for updated showtimes and locations.

The Details: Free. $5 suggested donation. To find out more information, call 401-649-2784 or visit newportfilm.com.

newportFILM Outdoors.


2. Movies on the Block at Grant’s Block in Providence

Whether you are on a romantic date or having a family fun night, watch movies in the city at Providence’s only outdoor movie theater. Set up blankets or chairs for a chill night in the heart of downtown, nestled in between the city’s old yet charming buildings at Grant’s Block. Take a stroll either before or after the movie and get a quick bite to eat at any of the local restaurants.

Showtimes: Every Thursday at sunset. June to August 31.

The Details: Free. Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster St., Providence. For the full movie schedule and more information, check out indowncity.com.

Movies on the Block in Providence.


3. Movies in the Park at Roger Williams Park in Providence

On select Fridays in July and August, enjoy entertainment under the stars at the Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn. Food trucks will be on site, so grab a bite to eat and watch animated cats and dogs in The Secret Life of Pets or girls who keep up with the boys in A League of Their Own.

Showtimes: Movies begin at sunset. The full schedule: July 14, Sing; July 28, The Secret Life of Pets; August 11, A League of Their Own; August 25, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

The Details: Free. Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. To find out more information, go to playingalltheway.com.


4. Movies at the Park at Rocky Point in Warwick

Don’t miss out on these family friendly movie nights with views of Narragansett Bay! Bring blankets, pile the kiddos into the car and drive to Rocky Point Park for summer nights the whole family will enjoy. Forget to pack snacks? Don’t sweat it – food trucks will be serving shaved ice, coffee and grilled-cheese sandwiches just to name a few choices.

Showtimes: Movies begin at dusk. Thurs., June 29, Sing, Thurs., July 13, Zootopia, Thurs., July 27, Moana.

The Details: Free. Rocky Point, Warwick. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit centrailrichamber.com.


5. Movies on the Beach at Narragansett Town Beach

Listen to the waves crash and breathe in the salty ocean air as you watch both new and old summer classics at Narragansett Town Beach. Do you ever wonder what Buddy does when you’re not home? Watch The Secret Life of Pets to see what your pets might be up to after you walk out the front door, or for a slower pace, watch the romantic drama unfold in the 1940’s hit, Casablanca. Food trucks will be on site.

Showtimes: Movies begin at dusk. July 12, The Secret Life of Pets; July 19, The Lorax; July 26, Casablanca; Aug. 2, Happy Feet; Aug. 9, Free Willy; Aug. 16, Jaws.

The Details: Free. North Beach Clubhouse, Narragansett Town Beach, 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. For more information, visit narragansettri.gov.


6. Misquamicut Drive-In

Head to Misquamicut for a night at the Drive-In. Pack some lawn chairs or bring some blankets to curl up in from the comfort of your own car and tune the radio to watch Jaws as you are only steps away from the ocean.

Showtimes: Thursdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. July through August.

The Details: $12 per car. Wuskenau Town Beach, 316 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. For more information, visit misquamicut.org.


7. Movies on the Beach at Misquamicut Beach

Bring your beach chairs and blankets to Misquamicut Beach for Big Screen Movies this summer every Tuesday night in July and August. Feel the sand on your toes and the salty ocean air blow your hair as you travel back thousands of years before the dinosaurs went extinct with The Land Before Time. Dads, are you taking your kids to the movies tonight? Have fun watching Daddy Day Care to conjure up the next great activity for you and the little ones.

Showtimes: July 11 to August 22. Every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. July 11, Finding Dory; July 18, The Land Before Time; July 25, Daddy Day Care; Aug. 1, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Aug. 8, Cars; Aug. 15, Lilo and Stitch; Aug. 22, Secret Life of Pets.

The Details: Free. Misquamicut Beach, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. To find out more information, visit oceanchamber.org.   

Misquamicut Drive-In. Photo by Amy Martira Photography.


8. Rustic Tri Vue Drive-In in North Smithfield

Travel back in time with your family as you head to the Rustic Drive-In for a night of not one, but two movies! Now open every night, the Drive-In will feature movies for all ages from Cars 3 to Rough Night. Pack some snacks and don’t forget the candy, but don’t worry about popcorn – the drive-in snack bar has you covered. Tip: If you own a pick-up truck, pack some blankets and lounge in the bed of the truck for the ultimate double feature movie experience.

Showtimes: First movie begins at 8:55 p.m. Open nightly. April–October.

The Details: $27 per carload. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield. For more information, call 401-769-7601 or visit yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.


9. Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park in Newport

Learn how to train like a Jedi and follow a group of rebels in the Star Wars Rogue One movie or swim through the ocean to help Dory find her parents in Finding Dory all while sitting in Rhode Island’s own backyard! The Rocks at Ballard Park will be showcasing select movies on Wednesdays in their big grassy field, so bring a blanket, sit back and enjoy. Arrive fifteen minutes before the start of the movie to ensure a place to sit and allow yourself time to walk to the quarry meadow.

Showtimes: Wednesdays in August at dusk, starting at approximately 8–8:15 p.m. Aug. 2, Finding Dory; Aug. 9, Beetlejuice; Aug. 16, The Birds; Aug. 23, Star Wars Rogue One.

The Details: Free. Use 21 Hazard Road entrance. For more information, visit ballardpark.org.

The twelfth annual Movies on the Rocks series at Ballard Park kicks off on Wed., Aug. 2 with Finding Dory.


10. Movies in the Park at Crescent Park Looff Carousel

After a ride (or two!) on the Looff Carousel at Crescent Park and a few clam cakes and chowdah’ from Blount Clam Shack, head on over to the grassy field beside the carousel for a movie night in the park. Make sure to pack a blanket and some bug spray as you head to the Pacific Islands with Moana and Maui!

Showtimes: Select Fridays July through September. Movies being at 8 p.m. July 28, Boss Baby; Aug. 4, Moana; Aug. 18, The BFG; Sept. 8, Pete’s Dragon.     

The Details: Free. Crescent Park Looff Carousel, 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside. For more information, check out crescentparkcarousel.org.   

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