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The Philadelphia Film Society will host free outdoor film screenings this summer

After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Film Society is bringing back its free outdoor movie screening program to four neighborhoods this summer.

“Movies on the Block” partners with local organizations to bring films to outdoor spaces in different areas of the city. Each screening combines films with community engagement efforts, as well as interactive activities, live performances and giveaways.

This summer, PFS is hosting events in University City, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia and West Kensington. Each screening is free and most are suitable for audiences of all ages.

“PFS is excited to return to our Movies on the Block program this summer, after being on hiatus during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kyrie Fisher, Community Engagement Manager at PFS. Woodland ice cream. “This summer film series is deeply rooted in the mission of PFS – to use film as a community building tool to inspire, educate, challenge and entertain.”

The series kicks off Sunday, June 19 with a June 19 block party in University City at 5 p.m. at The Lawn at UCity Square (3701 Filbert St.). The event is for people 21 and older and features a live DJ and free drinks provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Visitors can play film noir trivia, enter raffles to win prizes, and play lawn games. A screening of “Drumline,” directed by Charles Stone, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, July 9, the next series will be held in North Philadelphia at the Greater Enon Missionary Baptist Church at 1854 N. 22nd St. BStarting at 6 p.m., local nonprofits will be there to help people sign up for SNAP benefits. Attendees can enjoy food, superhero-themed games, and kids’ activities. A screening of Ryan Coogler’s 2018 film “Black Panther” starts at 8 p.m.

See you at FDR Park on Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m. for nature yoga, meditation, and Cambodian Popsicle provided by the Cambodian Association. The screening of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” begins at 8 p.m., with movie-themed crafts and popcorn.

To close out the series, PFS is screening Pixar’s “Coco” at Waterloo Playground in West Kensington at 2502-12 N. Howard St. on Friday, August 19. PFS and the Make the World Better Foundation team up with Philabundance to provide an evening of food and dancing starting at 6 p.m. before the film screening at 8 p.m.

“Through collaboration with our community partners for each event, we are able to create unique experiences that meet the wants and needs of the neighborhoods they serve – and celebrate the diverse fabric of the communities that make up our city,” said said Fisher.

Each event offers neighborhood residents the opportunity to engage with community organizations to receive one-on-one support.


movies on the block

June 19, July 9, August 13, August 19, 2022
Events start 5-6pm, movies start 8pm | Free
Various places
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania