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.


THE FIRST SERIES: newportFILM outdoors

Screenings begin at sunset through August 25 with:

  • Pre-film live music one-hour before film starts
  • Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School and Kiel James Patrick
  • On-site food vendors including Boru Noodle Bar, Acacia Cafe Food Truck and Tricycle Ice Cream 
  • Post-film Q&As with national film writers and critics.



Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

  • When: June 30, 8:40 PM
  • Where: Queen Anne Square
  • 91 minutes

Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.



The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

  • When: July 7, 8:40 PM
  • Where: Marble House
  • 96 minutes

From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE  tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.



The Weekend Sailor

  • When: July 14, 8:35 PM
  • Where: Newport Shipyard
  • 70 minutes

The Weekend Sailor tells the exciting and often harrowing true story of a Mexican team’s unlikely win in the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1974. Organized by the United Kingdom, the race was designed as the first head-to-head around-the-world sailing race. A Mexican team, inexperienced and led by self-made millionaire Ramon Carlin, defied all odds and won the inaugural race, known today as the Volvo Ocean Race. Interspersing interviews with period footage, the films tells an inspiring and long-forgotten story.



Life, Animated

  • When: July 21, 8:30 PM
  • Where: St. Michael's Country Day School
  • 91 minutes

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.



Straight Into a Storm

  • When: July 24, 8:30 PM
  • Where: Jane Pickens Theater 
    • Note:  newportFILM moves indoors for tonight as they team up with the legendary Newport Folk Festival™ during Folk Fest weekend to show this sneak peek of William Miller’s work-in-progress documentary about the cult folk-rock band Deer Tick, who will be in attendance for the screening.

Straight Into a Storm is centered around Deer Tick's 2015 10th anniversary run in New York City. A portrait of a hard rocking band known for their substance-fueled live performances on their evolutionary journey to become one of the greatest cult rock bands of our time.



Jim: The James Foley Story

  • When: July 28, 8:25 PM
  • Where: Redwood Library and Athenaeum
  • 113 minutes

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. Jim: The James Foley Story, by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with a chilling immediacy that builds suspense. Made with unparalleled access, Jim: The James Foley Story is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS. 



Film to be Announced

  • When: August 4, 8:15 PM



Betting on Zero

  • When: August 11, 8:10 PM
  • Where: Ochre Court, Salve Regina University
  • 98 minutes

Allegations of corporate criminality and high-stakes Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller from Darfur Now writer-director, Ted Braun.  Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history while Herbalife execs claim Ackman is a market manipulator out to bankrupt them and make a killing off his billion dollar short.  Caught in the crossfire are middle Americans forging their financial future, working class Latino’s seeking justice, and a business model affecting the lives of millions around the world. BETTING ON ZERO weaves deception, hubris, intrigue, and greed in a surprising, deeply emotional dive into the world of money, fraud and the American Dream.



Don't Look Down

  • When: August 18, 8:00 PM
  • Where: Rosecliff Mansion Lawn
  • 94 minutes

Don't Look Down reveals the real story behind Richard Branson’s daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is a world famous name, and many have heard about his ballooning, the real story of this incredible adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, the film tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph.



Being AP

  • When: August 25, 7:45 PM
  • Where: Newport International Polo Grounds
  • 103 minutes

Being AP is a feature length documentary, directed by BAFTA winning and EMMY nominated director Anthony Wonke, which follows Britain’s greatest sportsman, AP McCoy, throughout the 2014/2015 season as he pursues his 20th title.


Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

  • When: September 1, 7:35 PM
  • Where: Newport Art Museum Lawn
  • 95minutes

An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment, until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011 finally solidified his place in the contemporary art canon.



THE SECOND SERIES: Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park

13 sprawling 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.


  • 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



Hotel Transylvania 

  • When: Wednesday, August 3, 8:15 - 8:30 PM
  • 91 minutes

Hotel Transylvania is an animated comedy featuring Dracula’s lavish “five-stake” resort where monsters and their families can live it up free from meddling humans. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula (Adam Sandler) fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.


Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

  • When: Wednesday, August 10, 8:15 - 8:30 PM
  • 127 minutes

An art collector appeals to Jones (Harrison Ford) to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery). The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. 


Dirty Dancing

  • When: Wednesday, August 17, 8:00 - 8:15 PM
  • 100 minutes

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a man whose background is vastly different from her own. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings.


The Karate Kid 

  • When: Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 - 8:15 PM
  • 126 minutes

Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) -- the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa).



THE THIRD SERIES: Family Movie Night at Schultzys 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 September 24


  • June 29, 8:25 PM: The Lorax
  • July 6, 8:23 PM: Kung Fu Panda
  • July 13, 8:20 PM: Ice Age
  • July 20, 8:15 PM: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • July 27, 8:09 PM: Norm of the North
  • August 3, 8:01 PM: Despicable Me
  • August 10, 7:52 PM: Shrek
  • August 17, 7:42 PM: Toy Story
  • August 24, 7:31 PM: Disney's Frozen
  • September 3, 7:15 PM: Monster's Inc.
  • September 10, 7:03 PM: Big Hero 6
  • September 17, 6:51 PM: Zootopia
  • September 24, 6:39 PM: Jungle Book