6 Bergen Spots to See Movies Under the Stars

Not into theaters or streaming services? These Bergen towns screen blockbusters in the park.
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As big production films and summer blockbusters release simultaneously to the silver screen and at-home streaming services, “going to the movies” has taken on a whole new meaning. But whether you prefer flicks from the comfort of your own couch or watching with an auditorium full of strangers, one unique experience that can’t be topped is stretching out on a blanket under the stars for a feature show.

With warm summer evenings and perfect venues at their disposal, several Bergen County towns are hosting outdoor movie nights in August. Below is a sampling of six spots where you can have date night or a fun time out with the family. Pack a blanket and a few snacks, then enjoy the show!

Aug. 4, North Arlington. Part of Bergen County’s Movies in the Park Series, this free screening of Coming 2 America at Riverside County Park will provide an evening of laughs. The movie starts at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Paramus. The county’s Movies in the Park then shifts to Van Saun Park for 8:30 p.m. shows. They’re all free—all you have to do is provide seating for your party. August features are: The Croods: A New Age (on the 6th), Kajillionaire (11th), Onward (13th), The Invisible Man (18th), Raya and the Last Dragon (20th), Wonder Woman 1984 (25th), 2019’s Aladdin (27th). Parents should note that some movies may not be appropriate for young children.

Aug. 11, 25, Ridgewood. Picturesque Memorial Park at Van Neste Square is the backdrop to the village’s free Movies in the Park, which continues with Maleficent on Aug. 11 and Tootsie on Aug. 25. Ben & Jerry’s will be on hand for complimentary ice cream.

Aug. 12, 26, Lodi. Don’t worry if you missed movies during their run in the theaters, because you can check them out at Memorial Park for free—just bring chairs, blankets and good company. Here’s what’s playing: Trolls World Tour (Aug. 12) and Godzilla vs. Kong (Aug. 26). The movies begin at sundown.

Aug. 12, 19, 26, Fort Lee. Sit back for a movie under the stars and on the lawn at Fort Lee’s Jack Alter Community Center. The schedule has something for everyone: biographical drama Hidden Figures on the 12th, Disney classic The Lion King on the 19th and musical drama The Greatest Showman on the 26th. Films are free (bring your own seating) and begin at 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 19, Allendale. The summer wouldn’t be complete without watching the family-friendly baseball flick The Sandlot. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show with the sand under your feet at the borough’s Crestwood Lake. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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