Summer is the season for the outdoors. With warm weather and no school, there are many more opportunities to get outside. One of the ways our families like to spend time outside is by watching outdoor movies. There is just something great about sitting outside on a warm summer night and watching a movie with your family. I don’t know about your family, but I know we were so busy during the school year that we have missed out on a lot of this year’s movies. This summer gives us the opportunity to catch up on what we missed. So many towns offer free movies in North Jersey. Free movies are held in neighborhood parks, farms, libraries, community centers and other locations throughout the summer months. Here is a list of where and when you can find outdoor movies throughout North Jersey this summer.
Free Movies in North Jersey
For this listing of free movies in North Jersey, North Jersey will include free movies playing in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.
Visit our New Jersey Movie Calendar of Events for a look at free movies in New Jersey organized by day.
Free Movies in North Jersey – Bow Tie Cinemas Free Summer Movies
The Bow Tie Cinemas Free Summer Movies are the first to make our listing of free movies in North Jersey but be sure to get there early, seating is limited. Tickets are issued on a first come- first served basis at 9:00 am. The movies begin at 10 am. The films and schedules are subject to change without notice. Movies are every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 20, 2017, to August 16, 2017.
- New Jersey Bow Tie Cinemas locations participating in the Free Summer Movies:
- Bellevue Cinema 4- 260 Bellevue Ave, Montclair, NJ – Essex County
- Bergenfield Cinema 5 – 58 S. Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ – Bergen County
- Hoboken Cinema – 409-415 14th St, Hoboken, NJ – Hudson County
- South Orange 5 – 1 Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ – Essex County
Bow Tie Cinemas Free Summer Movies Series Schedule
- June 20 & 21, 2017: Hotel Transylvania (Read our review of Hotel Transylvania here.)
- June 27 & 28, 2017: Angry Birds
- July 5, 2017 (Wednesday only): The Peanuts Movie (Read our review of The Peanuts Movie here.)
- July 11 & 12, 2017: Storks
- July 18 & 19, 2017: Ice Age Collision Course
- July 25 & 26, 2017: Trolls
- August 1 & 2, 2017: Kung Fu Panda 3 (Read our review of Kung Fu Panda 3 here.)
- August 8 & 9, 2017: Hotel Transylvania 2
- August 15 & 16, 2017: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Read our review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 here.)
For more information about this summer series, click here.
Free Movies in North Jersey Bergen County – Bookworm Wednesdays At Showcase Cinemas
Every Wednesday, from July 6 – July 27. at 10:00 am at Showcase Cinemas readers can see select family friendly films for free. A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months, Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Bookworm Wednesdays will resume in summer 2017.
- The Bookworm Wednesdays At Showcase Cinemas movies are played at Edgewater Multiplex Cinema at 339 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ in Bergen County.
The Bookworm Wednesdays At Showcase Cinemas Series Schedule has not been announced yet.
- We are waiting for the full schedule.
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – OSPAC Free Summer Movies in New Jersey
The OSPAC Free Summer Movie Series is just part of the amazing free movies available this summer in North Jersey in Essex County.
- The OSPAC Free Summer Movie Series are played at the OSPAC at 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ.
OSPAC Free Summer Movie Series Schedule
- Tuesday, August 8, 2017 ~ Ant-Man (Read our review of Ant-Man here.)
- Thursday, August 10, 2017 ~ Monster Truck
- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 ~ Zootopia (Read our review of Zootopia here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films
CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films Series provides specially selected family-friendly movies every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am from July 26th to August 31st.
- Essex County’s CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films Series will be available at the Newark’s CityPlex 12 at 360-394 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ.
CityPlex 12’s Free Summer Kids Films Series Schedule
- July 26 & 27, 2017: Hotel Transylvania 2
- August 2 & 3, 2017: Max
- August 9, & 10, 2017: Kung Fu Panda 2
- August 16, & 17, 2017: The Peanuts Movie (Read our review of The Peanuts Movie here.)
- August 23, & 24, 2017: Goosebumps
- August 30, and 31, 2017: Pan
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – Applegate Farm’s Family Fun Nights
Free outdoor films that take place under the stars on Wednesdays in July at Applegate Farms located at 616 Grove Street in Montclair. Look for the bright red barn and cows at the entrance. The fun starts at 6:30 pm. Until 8 pm there will be a DJ, games, prizes, activities and a magic show. The movie will begin at 8:30 pm. For more information about the Applegate Farm’s Family Fun Nights, click here.
- The Applegate Farm’s Family Fun Nights movies are played at 616 Grove Street in Montclair in Essex County.
The Applegate Farm’s Family Fun Nights Series Schedule
- June 29, 2017: The Good Dinosaur
- July 6, 2017: Hotel Transylvania 2
- July 13, 2017: Goosebumps
- July 20, 2017: Star Wars- The Force Awakens
- July 27, 2017: Cinderella
- August 3, 2017: Inside Out (Read our review of Inside Out here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – Free Friday Flicks at Kip’s Castle
Very few castles exist in the United States. However in New Jersey, and more specifically, in Essex County is the home to Kip’s Castle. The ten-acre estate spans Montclair and Verona, but Kip’s Castle originally built in the early 1900’s is considered a resident of Verona. Originally referred to as “Kypsburg” it took over three years to build. After many years of neglect, in 2007 it acquired a new owner, the County of Essex which then became part of the Essex County Parks.
Fast forward to Free Flicks on Fridays. This annual FREE activity is a fun tradition for residents in Essex County. The gates of Kip’s Castle open at 7 PM on Friday nights in June to the public for movie nights. Prior to the start of the film, there will be entertainment that ties into the film being shown. At dusk, the family-friendly films are shown on the grassy lawn. Families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blankets, and just enjoy each other’s company on spring nights. If the weather is not conducive to outdoor viewings, then the rain date is the following Saturday.
- The Free Friday Flicks at Kip’s Castle movies are played at 22 Crestmont Road in Verona in Essex County.
Free Friday Flicks at Kip’s Castle Schedule
- June 9, 2017 – A Dog’s Purpose – pre movie fun with Orphaned Pets
- June 16, 2017 – Sing! (read our review of Sing!) – pre movie Karaoke fun!
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – Montclair Film Festival
Montclair Film is proud to present our 8th Annual Summer Series, featuring FREE movies under the stars! Bring a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy an evening of cinema and fun with us! Movies start at 8 pm. For more information about the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series, click here.
- Each movie during the Montclair Film Festival movies is played at a different location in Montclair.
The Montclair Film Festival Schedule
- June 3, 2017: Moana @ The Presbyterian Iris Gardens (Read our review of Moana here.)
- July 21, 2017: Finding Dory @ The Montclair Public Library
- August 18, 2017: Jurassic Park @ Church Street
Free Movies in North Jersey Essex County – Zoo-vies Free Summer Movies at Turtleback Zoo
Come to the zoo on any of their Family Fun Nights on Wednesdays and stay for the Zoo-vies! Films begin at dusk. Wednesday evenings in July and August! Enjoy blockbuster movies under the stars on the rooftop of our parking deck at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Free admission. Bring your own chair. Rain cancels. For more information see the Turtleback Zoo website,
- The Zoo-vies Free Summer Movies are played at Turtleback Zoo at 560 Northfield Ave in West Orange, NJ.
The Zoo-vies Free Summer Movies at Turtleback Zoo Schedule
- The Summer Zoo-vies schedule is coming soon.
Free Movies in North Jersey Morris County – Free Movies in Dover Township
The doors open at 7:00 PM. Free music and entertainment will be available from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The movie will start immediately afterward. For more info visit Dover Township’s website.
- The Free Movies in Dover Township are played at JFK Commons Park, which is located across the street from the public library at 32 E Clinton Street.
Free Movies in Dover Township Schedule
- Friday, June 30, 2017 ~ Sing (Read our review of Sing here.)
- Friday, July 28, 2017 ~ Finding Dory
- Friday, August 26, 2017 ~ Moana (Read our articles about Moana here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Morris County – Free Movies in Mendham Borough
As part of their Summer fun programming, Mendham will be offering movies in the park this summer. The movies will play begin at 8:15 pm. For more info visit Mendham Borough’s website.
- The Free Movies in Mendham Borough are played at near the gazebo at Mendham Borough park. The park is located on West Main St. in Mendham, NJ.
Free Movies in Mendham Borough Schedule
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017 ~ Frozen (Read our review of Frozen here.)
- Tuesday, August 1, 2017 ~ Moana (Read our articles about Moana here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Morris County – Free Movies in Morris Township
Bring the whole family and your blankets and lawn chairs to Ginty Field and enjoy our Free Big Screen Outdoor Movies. Arrive an hour early for DJ music before the movie. The family-oriented features will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 PM. For more info see Morris Township’s Spring & Summer Brochure online.
- The Free Movies in Morris Township are played at Ginty Field at 50 Woodland Ave, Morristown, NJ.
Free Movies in Morris Township Schedule
- Wednesday, June 28, 2017 ~ Sing (Read our review of Sing here.)
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017 ~ The Jungle Book (Read our review of The Jungle Book here.)
- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 ~ Lego Batman (Read our review of Lego Batman here.)
- Saturday, August 26, 2017 ~ Secret Life of Pets (Read our review of Secret Life of Pets here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Morris County – Free Movies in Mount Arlington
Mount Arlington will be showing their own series of outdoor movies this summer. The movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:00 PM or 8:30 PM, but the gates open at 7:30 PM. Before the movie, there are games for the children to play and concessions available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair/blanket for a movie under the stars! Free Glow Sticks and Fun for the Kids !! For more info visit Mount Arlington’s website.
- The Free Movies in Mount Arlington are played at Fireman’s Field, which is located at 1 Altebrand Avenue in Mount Arlington.
Free Movies in Mount Arlington Schedule
- Saturday, June 17, 2017 ~ TBA
- Saturday, July 15, 2017 ~ TBA
- Saturday, August 26, 2017 ~ TBA
Free Movies in North Jersey Morris County – Free Movies in Mount Olive Township
Mount Olive will once again be hosting a series of summer movies in the park. The movies will begin at 8:30 pm. *In the event of rain, movies will be shown in the Mount Olive Senior Center. For more info visit Mount Olive Township’s website.
- The Free Movies in Mount Olive Township are played at Turkey Brook Park, which is located at 30 Flanders Rd. in Flanders, NJ.
Free Movies in Mount Olive Township Schedule
- Friday, July 2, 2017 ~ TBA
- Friday, July 28, 2017 ~ TBA
- Friday, August 4, 2017 ~ TBA
Free Movies in North Jersey Union County – Big Thursday Night’s Rahway
Big Thursday Nights in Rahway will be hosting a series of summer movies at City Hall. The movies will begin at dusk.
- The Free Movies in Rahway are played at City Hall Plaza at 1 City Hall Plaza in Rahway.
Free Movies in Rahway Schedule
- July 6 – Grease Sing Along
- July 13 – Finding Dory
- July 20 – Secret Life of Pets (Read our review of Secret Life of Pets here.)
- July 27 – Lego Batman (Read our review of Lego Batman here.)
Free Movies in North Jersey Warren County – Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express
Over the course of nine weeks, New Jersey Regal Cinemas will show select G & PG rated movies for only $1 a showing. The Regal Pohatcong, Stadium 12, in Phillipsburg, New Jersey is participating. You can visit our blog post, Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express for more details and the complete schedule.
With so many options it will be hard to decide which movies to take your families to this summer! For more free or almost free movies throughout New Jersey make sure to check out our calendar of events!
Where will you be going to see free movies this summer?