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Outdoor Movies to Catch this Summer in the Hudson Valley

Films for Summer 2022

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Last Updated: 07/05/2022 12:34 pm
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An outdoor movie night at Bannerman Island in 2019 - JOHN MORZEN
  • John Morzen
  • An outdoor movie night at Bannerman Island in 2019

If you’re looking for something to do this summer either alone, with friends, a significant other, or with the whole family, an outdoor movie night is always a go-to crowd pleaser. Beyond the region’s slate of drive-in theaters, there are pop-up movie events all over the Hudson Valley for summer 2022. Some of those screenings include nights with a cruise, concerts, and joining with mixologists and chefs to make an unforgettable experience for all your senses. In addition, there are many options for family friendly movies close to home.

Movies under the Stars | Kingston


This summer, the city of Kingston is joining their popular Movies under the Stars event with another summer series called Music in the Park for a few events from July 9 to August 20. At parks all over Kingston they will host concerts or presentations followed by a movie. Kicking off the series on July 9 at 7pm in Academy Green Park, there will be a jazz concert by the band The Sweet Spot followed by a showing of the animated movie Soul. On July 30, the city of Kingston will have a presentation and film by Stephen Blauweiss called History of the Rondout Then & Now. On August 5 at Dietz Stadium, the city will show the movie Cool Runnings at 8:30pm. On August 12 at 7pm in Hutton Park there will be a Latin pop concert featuring Allessandra, followed by the movie Encanto at 8:30pm. All events are free to the public.

Bannerman Castle | Beacon

This summer from July through September, the Bannerman Castle Trust is hosting movie nights every couple of Fridays on the Bannerman island. The events will run for two hours and include a cruise from the Beacon Waterfront to the island with a movie in the shadow of Bannerman Castle. Two boats will depart for each movie night, one at 5pm and one at 6pm. The first boat departing will include an island tour for the participants and the second boat will feature a lecture about the island. On the island, there is a gift shop and a concession stand with candy, popcorn, water, and drinks to enjoy during the movie. This summer they are showing The Princess Bride (July 1), National Lampoon’s Animal House (July 15), The Big Lebowski (August 5), Madame X (August 19), Little Shop of Horrors (September 2), Young Frankenstein (September 23), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (September 30).

The Hudson Valley Picture Show | Multiple Locations

Running July 1 to October 28, Del’s Roadside and Upstate Films are partnering for the second annual Hudson Valley Picture Show, a traveling cinema festival under the stars. Taking place all across the Hudson Valley, the movie series will present features at iconic locations in Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Catskill, Hudson, and more. The festival will open at 8pm at Opus 40 in Saugerties featuring Monty Python & The Holy Grail: The Singalong Version on July 1, the following day they will play Dazed & Confused. On July 8 the festival will take place at Del’s Roadside in Rhinebeck featuring the movie Speed. On July 16, Marcel The Shell with Shoes On at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston at 7pm. On July 22 at 7:45pm the festival will show Moonrise Kingdom at The School in Kinderhook. To close out July they will play Miracles On Montgomery: Highlight From Upstate Films’ First 50 Years, a series of short films and other favorites played by Upstate Films since their beginning. After that they will continue showing a range of films until the end of October.

Movies Under the Walkway | Poughkeepsie

Beginning at sundown underneath the Walkway Over the Hudson at Upper Landing Park, participants can pick from four movies this summer. The 1984 rendition of Ghostbusters (June 25), Sing 2 (July 9), Spider-Man: No Way Home (July 23), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (August 6). Running from roughly 7pm to 10:30pm the event is completely free, though registration is required. Attendants are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to use during the movie.

Boondocks Film Society | Hudson Valley, Berkshires, Litchfield Hills

The Boondocks Film Society is a nonprofit pop-up film event series taking place throughout the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires, and the Hudson Valley. Participants enjoy not just a great movie but also drinks and dinner. For their upcoming events, Boondocks Film Society will have a mixologist onsite making themed cocktails, a chef cooking up a themed menu, and a commemorative poster. Their recently announced next event on July 14 starting at 7:30pm will be a screening of the film Wet Hot American Summer paired with ’80s-inspired music and cocktails at Gedney Farm. The themed cocktails will be made by mixologist Towle Lenox and the menu for the night is created by Chef Taven Barrera. Following this will be Paper Moon on August 12 at South Farms and Memoria at Tourists. Follow them on Instagram for more the latest info on upcoming screenings. 

Summer Film Festival | Newburgh


Beginning on June 30, the city of Newburgh is hosting their annual film festival at the urban park Safe Harbors Green. The events begin at 7:30pm and movies will begin at sundown (approximately 8:30pm). The festival is completely free to all participants and popcorn is provided. Attendants are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to set out on the lawn. Movies will be hosted every Thursday night from the end of June to the beginning of August. The movies featured are Encanto (June 30), Spiderman: No Way Home (July 7), Luca (July 14), King Richard: Venus and Serena Story (July 21), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 28), and Space Jam (August 4).

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