Outdoor film screenings are a quintessential component of summer in Newport. Whether it's on the sprawling lawn of a historic park, underneath an inviting beech tree in front of the oldest lending library in the US, or amid bright blossoms in an elegant mansion garden, these al fresco picture shows are perfect for a night of family fun or a cozy date for two underneath the stars. Three different series, endless chances to watch.
SERIES 1: newportFILM outdoors
Experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with film makers and subjects, fabulous food, and loads of community spirit amongst Aquidneck Island's beautiful outdoor spaces. Screenings begin at sunset every Thursday through August.
- Pre-film live music 75 minutes before film starts
- Free popcorn courtesy of Newport Hospital
- Water Station courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School
- Live Music courtesy of Kiel James Patrick
- On-site food vendors two hours before film starts including Boru Noodle Bar, Binge BBQ, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid and more
- Post-film Q&As with national film writers and critics.
- Bike racks provided by Bike Newport
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
- When: June 21, 8:40 PM
- Where: Aquidneck Park
- Live Music: Silverteeth
- 94 minutes
For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
- When: June 28, 8:35 PM
- Where: Newport Art Museum Lawn
- Live Music: Dave Flamand
- 98 minutes
Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, toone-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
- When: July 5, 8:35 PM
- Where: O'Hare Lawn, Salve Regina University
- Live Music: The Bucks
- 96 minutes
Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that goes to the very heart of all human behavior.
FAR FROM THE TREE
- When: July 12, 8:30 PM
- Where: The Elms
- Live Music: Julio Amaro
- 98 minutes
Far From The Tree follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.”
THE SERENGETI RULES
- When: July 19, 8:25 PM
- Where: Newport Beach House
- Live Music: La Mechante et le Connard
- 84 minutes
Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.
TWO TRAINS RUNNIN'
- When: July 16, 8:20 PM
- Where: St. Michael's Country Day School Lawn
- Live Music: Cee Cee & the Riders
- 80 minutes
In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time.
- When: August 2, 8:10 PM
- Where: Rosecliff Lawn
- Live Music: The Harriet Manice Band
- 98 minutes
With rare footage, a parade of colorful patrons and staff, and brutally honest interviews with Schrager himself, Studio 54 is a riveting study in contradictions. Inside the palatial theatre-turned-disco, the crowd reveled in an atmosphere of total acceptance, whether drag queen, octogenarian, waiter, or celebrity. Yet outside, a frenzied, excluded mob yearned to be noticed by the doorman and ushered into the sanctum of pulsating love. Schrager and Rubell’s glittering creation sprang from carefree naiveté and unbridled ambition—yet those same instincts managed to destroy it. This bracing story reveals how even the most culturally potent and transformative phenomena can be vulnerable and fleeting.
When: August 9, 8:05 PM
Where: Eisenhower House
Live Music: The Bucks
Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.
When: August 16, 7:55 PM
Where: St. George's School Lawn
Live Music: Lainey Dionne
Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’ backyards. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen and mother's camera, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.
LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE
When: August 23, 7:55 PM
Where: St. George's School Lawn
LIFE IN THE DOG HOUSE tells the inspiring life stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ten years and 10,000 dogs later, their unique approach to life and dog rescue will capture hearts and inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to man’s best friend.
BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE
When: August 30, 7:35 PM
Where: Second Beach Parking Lot (Drive-in)
Live Music: Rah
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is Bethany Hamilton’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood - the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continually rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl.”
SERIES 2: Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
13 rolling acres of nature preserve set the stage for Ballard Park's summer film series, Movies on the Rocks. Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic to Quarry Meadow then sit back and relax. Movies are free and begin at dusk every Wednesday through August.
- Parking is available at Rogers High School
- Use Hazard Road Entrance
- Plan ahead: Allow 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to Quarry Meadow
- When: August 8, 8:00 PM
- 120 minutes
Sylvester Stallone stars as Rocky Balboa, a struggling boxer trying to make the big time. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and Balboa, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. 1976.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
- When: August 15, 8:00 PM
- 98 minutes
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film effectively preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).
- When: August 22, 8:00 PM
- 70 minutes
The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. 1942.
SERIES 3: Family Movie Night at Schultzy's Snack Shack
A family affair many years in the making, Schultzy's Snack Shack is situated on Park Avenue in Portsmouth touting a casual setting and french fries cooked to crisp perfection. For years, the family owned and operated business has been putting on family movie night at the shack, featuring picture shows both old and new. With a bounty of ice cream flavors and an waterfront view, it's the perfect spot for an evening of family fun.
- Parking is free
- Movies begin at dusk every Wednesday through August
- June 20: Jungle Book, 9:01 PM
- June 27: Toy Story, 9:02 PM
- July 4: Ice Age, 9:02 PM
- July 11: Frozen, 9:00 PM
- July 18: Monsters, Inc., 8:57 PM
- July 25: Shrek, 8:53 PM
- August 1: Despicable Me, 8:48 PM
- August 8: Finding Dory, 8:42 PM
- August 15: Big Hero 6, 8:34 PM
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