Watch these free movies under the stars this summer

"Beauty and the Beast" is one of many free movies showing across the city this summer. –Disney via AP

It’s summertime in Boston, which means you can stretch out on a blanket and catch a free movie (or several) under the stars.

The city’s annual Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell kicks off Friday and continues through Aug. 25. It’s one of several free movie events in Boston this summer: The Prudential Center’s Family Film Festival launches July 1, Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights begin Aug. 7, the Frog Pond will host movies in September, and the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by Moonlight series is already in full swing.

Check out the following movie schedules so you’ll know when and where to go. All movies begin at dusk.

The Hatch Shell’s Free Friday Flicks

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ which shows at the Hatch Shell on Aug. 25. —The Associated Press
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Take your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks, and take in a film beside the Charles River on Friday nights.

  • June 23: The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 14: Sing
  • July 21: Jungle Book
  • July 28: Finding Dory
  • Aug. 4: Moana
  • Aug. 11: LEGO Batman
  • Aug. 19: Dr. Strange
  • Aug. 25: Star Wars Rogue 1

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by Moonlight

A scene from ‘Fever Pitch,’ showing Sept. 1 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. —AP

Moviegoers can gather on the hotel’s harborside terrace for these classics and family flicks.

  • June 23: Moonstruck
  • June 30: Notting Hill
  • July 7: Captain America
  • July 14: The Notebook
  • July 21: Cheaper by the Dozen
  • July 28: The Little Mermaid
  • Aug. 4: Tootsie
  • Aug. 11: Casablanca
  • Aug. 18: The Jungle Book
  • Aug. 25: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Sept. 1: Fever Pitch
  • Sept. 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Prudential Center’s Family Film Festival

Dory in ‘Finding Dory,’ playing at the Prudential Center on July 29. —Disney/Pixar

Prudential Center movie festivities—which include kids’ activities and giveaways—begin at 6 p.m. in the South Garden. Picnic blankets and beach chairs are welcome.

  • July 1: Annie (1982)
  • July 8: The Jungle Book
  • July 15: The BFG
  • July 22: Pete’s Dragon
  • July 29: Finding Dory
  • Aug. 5: Moana
  • Aug. 12: The Little Mermaid
  • Aug. 19: Beauty and the Beast
  • Aug. 26: The Secret Life of Pets

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights

A scene from ‘E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial,’ showing at Savin Hill Park in Dorchester on Aug. 18. —BRUCE MCBROOM

Movie lovers can neighborhood hop this summer. The city will show various movies at different Boston parks in August.

  • Aug. 7: Wall-E at Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan
  • Aug. 9: Sing at Fallon Field in Roslindale
  • Aug. 10: Shaun the Sheep at Town Field in Dorchester
  • Aug. 14: Storks at Doherty Playground in Charlestown
  • Aug. 18: E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial at Savin Hill Park in Dorchester
  • Aug. 21: Zootopia at East Boston Stadium in East Boston
  • Aug. 24: Finding Dory at Hynes Playground in West Roxbury
  • Aug. 28: Pets at Ringer Playground in Allston
  • Aug. 29: Moana at Ramsay Park in Roxbury
  • Aug. 31: The Angry Bird Movie at Iacono Park in Hyde Park

Movies on the Common

A scene from ‘Top Gun,’ showing Sept. 15 at the Common. —Paramount Pictures via AP

Cap off the summer with these two end-of-the-season movies at the Frog Pond on the Common.

  • Sept. 8: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Sept. 15: Top Gun
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