Whether sitting in a car at a drive-in or on your own blanket at a park, there’s something magical about watching a movie under the open sky during the summertime. Luckily, Essex County has some fun options for outdoor movies this summer — though we strongly recommend bringing bug spray so you’re not distracted from your viewing experience. Below is a list of movies – blockbusters, family films, and nature-inspired – that will be shown outdoors in Essex County in August this year.
Disclaimer: These events are included editorially as a community resource. The Montclair Girl is not affiliated with any of these events. Please always check directly with the host to confirm an event is still running.
Essex County Turtle Back Zoo | Rooftop of parking deck outside the zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Wednesdays in July + August
On Wednesday evenings from July 6th – August 10th, Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo will be hosting zoo-vie nights. Bring your chairs and make yourself comfortable for movies under the stars. Films include “Raya & the Last Dragon” and “Big Hero 6.” Check out the Turtle Back Zoo Events for further details — as rain will cancel these movie nights. Tickets are free, and the movies begin at dusk. Admission to the zoo is not included.
- August 3rd – Raya & the Last Dragon
- August 10th – Big Hero 6
Moonlit Movies | Floods Hill in Meadowland Park, 5 Mead Street, South Orange
Wednesdays in August
As part of South Orange’s Summer Nights program, movies will be shown on Wednesdays in August, beginning on August 10th at 8PM. You can check the South Orange Village website for movie announcements, which should be made soon. We’ll update this list as information becomes available.
Montclair Film – 2022 Summer Series | Brookdale Park Archery Field, Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield
The final movie in the Movie Night Under the Stars series is a free screening of “Spider Man: No Way Home,” which will be shown on Sunday, August 21st at 7PM at the Brookdale Park Archery Field. If you go a little early, East Side Mags will be there for special pre-show entertainment.
Movie Night at Ginny Duenkel Pool | 601/2 Cherry Street, West Orange
This movie night is happening on Sunday, August 28th. You can refer to the West Orange website for more information. Though the movie hasn’t been announced yet, we’ll report back once it is.