Want to watch Rocky within sight of the Art Museum steps? How about pretending that the Schuylkill is the Seine while watching Midnight in Paris? Whatever your fancy, it's officially open season for free movies in some of the city's great public spaces.
Thursdays are going present a lot of tough choices – between well-known films being shown on big screens at Drexel Park (all 1980s), along Schuylkill Banks (including Paine's Park's first movie), and at Penn’s Landing from June through August. Every other Friday in June and July, Moore College is presenting Film al Fresco in Aviator Park, a series of mostly Philadelphia-related filmmakers (plus food trucks). On Fridays Moonlight Movies also return to Mt. Airy outside Lovett Park. The Awesome Fest will share its fav 80s films at Liberty Lands and - drumroll - Eakins Oval. And that's just for starters.
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.