7 Places to See Outdoor Movies in the Hudson Valley

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Where to Catch Outdoor Movies This Summer


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Warm, summer weather is in the air, and the region is full of outdoor events so you can make the most of it. For one, Hudson Valley residents will gather for movies under the stars. Because who wants to sit in a stuffy theater when you can watch films on the big screen al fresco? Here’s our roundup of places to catch outdoor flicks (some for free!) this summer.

Walkway Over the Hudson's Upper Landing Park | Saturdays at sundown, Poughkeepsie

Kid-friendly fun awaits at The Millman Harris Romano Foundation’s Movies Under the Walkway. Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, and film viewings start at sundown. Each week a different organization brings entertainment and hands-on activities for children at Upper Landing Park with the backdrop of the Hudson River. Food vendors will be on the premise, and families should bring their own blanket and chairs. Film nights are free and open to the public. Upcoming flicks include Wonder Woman (June 30), Jumanji (July 14), and The Last Jedi (July 21). Stay updated at Movies Under the Walkway’s Facebook page and check out the full movie lineup.

Water Street Market | Mondays at 8:30pm, New Paltz

Free movie, free popcorn. Water Street Cinema’s 2018 season has begun. Catch a range of classic films—from G-rated My Neighbor Totoro to R-rated The Shining—every Monday at New Paltz’s open-air market. Some Water Street restaurants will open on these nights for a bite or a drink. The show is BYOB,sp pull up your lawn chair, and enjoy. See the full Water Street Cinema summer lineup here.

Greenville Drive-In | Greenville


For a more private movie viewing, check out your local drive-ins. Greenville Drive-In is showing a variety of films this summer, from the 1933 version of King Kong to Pixar’s newest creation Incredibles 2. Plus, the drive-in holds the third annual QWERTY Festival of Type & the Letter Arts, which features a screening of Paper Planes on July 16. View the full summer calendar and buy tickets.

Four Brothers Drive In | Amenia


This novelty, retro drive in spot has everything you need for a fun summer movie night. That includes a mini golf course and car hop food delivery. The theater typically has double features lined up—right now, they’re playing Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2. Check the schedule and get tickets now.

Bannerman Castle | Bannerman Island

Once a magnet for prostitutes, bootleggers, and the like, then later a secret armory, Bannerman Castle is now a romantic ruin in the middle of the Hudson River that is being revived as the site for various arts and culture programming. Unlike any other film viewing experience in the area, you must take a boat ride from either Beacon or Newburgh to reach the island. In addition to various theater performances, this summer will have a series of movie showings alongside the storied castle. On June 23 they will screen the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and on July 20 they’ll show Hitchcock’s classic suspenseful thriller, North by Northwest. Read our recent feature on Bannerman Castle or check the full summer schedule.

Troutbeck (with Boondocks Film Society) | June 29, Amenia

Boondocks Film Society hosts movie nights at various locations in upstate New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. They return to the Hudson Valley this month with a screening of the 1977 horror film Suspiria at the charming Troutbeck inn in Amenia. Happy hour is at 7pm (they’ll be serving blood-red cocktails for the occasion), and the film starts at 8:45pm. Buy tickets on Boondocks Film Society’s website.

Field of Dreams Park | June 16, July 21 and August 18, New Paltz


New Paltz Town of Parks and Recreation and The Arts Community present the Free Film Series at Field of Dreams Park. They’ll screen three free movies at the pavilion across from Ulster County Fairgrounds this summer. First up is the apropos Field of Dreams on June 16 starring the hunky Kevin Costner. Visit the film series’ website for more information.

Cornell Park | July 13 | Kingston

Kingston's "Moonlight Movies in the Park" series (sponsored by Clove & Creek and Kingston Wine Co.) are bringing classic flicks to the Rondout district. This coming Friday, watch a moonlit screening of Spielberg's classic Jaws. Keegan Ales, Pakt, and Off the Hook Seafood trucks will be onsite serving beer and food starting at 7:30pm. The movie starts right at dusk. Look out for more events like this later in the summer.

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