2018 Summer Outdoor Movie Series Schedules
These flicks can be seen from a lawn chair, on a blanket or from your car, under the stars.
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.
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. Movies including Science Fair, Chef Flynn, Life in the Doghouse and more will be shown. Confirmed viewing locations this year will include St. George’s School lawn, Rough Point, Belle Mer, the Newport Art Museum and more.
Showtimes: Select Thursday nights at sunset. Check newportfilm.com for updated showtimes and locations.
The Details: Free. $5 suggested donation. For more information, call 649-2784 or visit newportfilm.com.
Movies in the Park at Roger Williams Park
On select Fridays in August, enjoy entertainment under the stars at the Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn. Food trucks will be on site, so enjoy food truck fare before you watch a film about the transformative power of music in Landfill Harmonic or the world’s most famous clan in the Muppets.
Showtimes: Movies begin at sunset. The full schedule: Aug. 3, Landfill Harmonic; Aug. 17, the Muppets.
The Details: Free. Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. For more information, visit rwpconservancy.org.
Movies at the Park at Rocky Point
Don’t miss out on this family friendly movie night with views of Narragansett Bay! Bring blankets, pile the kiddos into the car and drive to Rocky Point Park for a summer night that the whole family will enjoy. Forget to pack snacks? Don’t sweat it – food trucks will be serving shaved ice, food truck fare from Open Season and Haven Bros. and more.
Showtimes: Movie begins at dusk. Thurs., Aug. 23, Despicable Me 3.
The Details: Free. Rocky Point, Warwick. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit moviesintheparkri.com.
Movies on the Beach at Narragansett Town Beach
Listen to the waves crash and breathe in the salty ocean air as you watch summer classics at Narragansett Town Beach. Can you bear to stand the though that only a few hundred feet away Jaws may be lurking in the ocean water? Plus, grab a bit to eat at one of the many food trucks that will be on site.
Showtimes: Movies begin at dusk. Aug. 8, Angels in the Outfield; Aug. 15, Jaws.
The Details: Free. North Beach Clubhouse Deck, Narragansett Town Beach, 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. For more information, visit narragansettri.gov.
Head to Misquamicut for a night at the Drive-In. Pack some lawn chairs or bring a blanket to curl up in from the comfort of your own car. Tune in the radio to watch family favorites including Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore, Jurassic Park and more.
Showtimes: Thurs.-Sat. Movies begin at 9 p.m. See website for a complete list of movies.
The Details: $15 per car. Wuskenau Town Beach Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. For more information, visit misquamicut.org.
Rustic Tri Vue Drive-In
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 Disney’s Christopher Robin to Equalizer 2. Pack some snacks and don’t forget the candy, but don’t worry about the 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 8:20 p.m. Open nightly until October. See website for a full list of movies.
The Details: $27 per carload. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield. For more information, call 769-7601 or visit yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.
Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
Watch Rocky on the rocks or other hits including the Princess Bride and Bambi in Rhode Island’s own backyard! The Rocks at Ballard Park will be showcasing select movies on Wednesdays in their big grassy field. 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: Select Wednesday nights at dusk. Aug. 8, Rocky; Aug. 15, the Princess Bride; Aug. 22, Bambi.
The Details: Free. 21 Hazard Rd., Newport. Call 619-3377 or visit ballardpark.org for more information.
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 family-fun movie night in the park. Make sure to pack a blanket and some bug spray as you head down the rabbit hole with Peter Rabbit! Plus, free popcorn will be provided.
Showtimes: Select Fridays in Aug. and Sept. Movies being at dusk. Aug. 24, Peter Rabbit; Sept. 14, Paddington 2.
The Details: Free. Crescent Park Looff Carousel, 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside. For more information, check out crescentparkcarousel.org.
Adapted from 2017 with additional reporting by April Federico.