Movies on the Waterfront

Outdoor movies are a staple for those warm summer nights and here at the waterfront you can enjoy what’s on the big screen as well as the river views. Looking to make it a full night? Lace up those roller skates at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (don’t forget that Independence Blue Cross cardholders get free admission for up to 4 people), take a ride on the Ferris wheel, grab some food and a beverage, or swing in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest.



Screenings Under the Stars

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Grab a blanket or a folding chair and enjoy Screenings Under the Stars on Thursdays in July and August at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Movies start at dusk, which is approximately 8:30PM in July and 8PM in August. Movies are FREE and open to the public.

July 12: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
July 19: Mission Impossible III
July 26: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 2: Austin Powers In Goldmember
August 9: Black Panther
August 16: A Wrinkle In Time
August 23: Coco
August 30: Despicable Me 3

FringeArts Outdoor Movie Series

A summer-long, themed series of free film screenings in the Haas Biergarten underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. Enjoy dinner and drinks from La Peg or the outdoor beer garden. Films are shown every Wednesday evening at 8:30 through August 15th. This year, July’s theme is ’90s Action Movies and August’s theme is Summer Camp.

July 11: Men in Black
July 18: Con Air
July 25: The Fifth Element
August 1: Moonrise Kingdom
August 8: Parent Trap
August 15: Wet Hot American Summer

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes at the Betsy Ross House

In addition to the plethora of First Friday festivities in Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Betsy Ross House holds movie screenings on the first Friday of every month through October. Admission is $5 per person and includes an after-hours tour of the house.

August 3: Invaders from Space
September 7: Revenge of the Creature
October 5: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead

Make the most of your movie experience with these tips:

1. Bring Bug Spray.

This may be old news but QUALITY bug spray is necessary to avoid bites.

2. BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair.

I have this great chair I picked up years ago that I keep in the car. A blanket is nice but a chair helped keep me off of the ground and allowed me to better be able to see the movie.

3. Don’t forget a flashlight.

When the movie is over, it’s dark and helpful to have light while gathering your things.

4. Easy to eat snacks (if you are a snacker)

Who wants to be fussing about trying to get chocolate off of your hands, fooling around with sticky caramel or even messy fruit? Something easy to transport and easy to eat is ideal. However, if you’re not a snacker, bring lots of cool drinks.

Need snack ideas? Check out the FREE Hoagie Tasting at Spruce Harbor Park on Saturday, July 14th. See photo for complete deets!

5. Go to the bathroom before you get comfy.

This is more because who wants to wind their way through a maze of people only end up at the end of a long line to use the bathroom?

I’m hoping to make a few of these screenings. In spite of seeing some of the movies multiple times *cough* Black Panther *cough* there is something about screenings outside that make them more special. So please, save me a good seat and see you at the movies!

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