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Catch a free movie at night in your neighborhood park

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am

Love movies and city parks? You’re in luck. The Parks Department is hosting Movies Under the Stars events at green spaces all over Queens.

Best of all, the flicks are free. One thing, though: It’s recommended that you get to the events a little early to get a great spot.

Hit superhero blockbuster “Captain Marvel,” the 2019 film about a female pilot who gets superpowers after her plane crashes, is coming to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. It’ll also be at the Beach 59th Street Playground in Arverne, right by the Rockaway Beach boardwalk at the same time on Friday, Aug. 9.

Want to bring the kids to a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic? Head over to the George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park, at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, on Monday, Aug. 5. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., folks can watch “Carousel,” a 1956 film based on the 1945 musical about a carousel barker who descends from heaven to earth to make amends with his wife and daughter.

Fresh Meadows residents can get in on the fun, too. Last year’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is playing in the Cunningham Park parking lot at 197th Street and Union Turnpike on Monday, Aug. 5 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. It’ll also be shown at the George Seuffert Bandshell on Monday, Aug. 19 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

“Frozen,” the 2013 animated mega-hit about a princess who must undo a curse that damned her kingdom to permanent winter, will play in Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

At the Cunningham Park parking lot on Monday, Aug. 12, you can check out “The Boss Baby” from 8:45 to 10 p.m. The titular character teams up with his rival older brother on a kind of espionage mission in the 2017 cartoon comedy.

Two days after that at the Unisphere, the Parks Department is playing the 2019 live-action remake of the animated Disney classic “Dumbo” from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Baysiders can catch “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 at Crocheron Park, which is at 215th Street and 35th Avenue. Released earlier this year, the film is a sequel to 2014’s “The Lego Movie.”

Long Island City is also getting in on the action. “Worlds Apart,” a 2008 Danish drama about a teen Jehovah’s Witness who is ostracized for falling in love with a young man of a different faith, will play from 9 to 10:45 p.m. in Rainey Park at Vernon Boulevard and 34th Avenue.

Western Queens residents can also catch some free, classic flicks thanks to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s Movies on the Waterfront series at Astoria Park’s Great Lawn on Monday nights this summer. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is scheduled for Aug. 5; “The Incredibles 2” for Aug. 12; “The Godfather” for Aug. 19 and “Singin’ in the Rain!” for Aug. 26. Each of the films starts at 8:15 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars
When: Various nights
Where: Parks throughout Queens
Entry: Free. (718) 393-7370

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