About “Star Wars” (1977)

PG | 2h 1min | Action / Science Fiction

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

About “Inside Out” (2015)

PG | 1h 35min | Animated / Adventure / Comedy 

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

About “Moonlight” (2016)

R | 1h 51min | Drama

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. (2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.)

About “Coming to America” (1988)

R | 1h 57min | Comedy

An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and strong will.

About “Monsoon Wedding” (2001)

R | 1h 54min | Comedy / Drama  / Romance

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

About “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2013)

PG | 1h 57min | Animation / Action / Adventure

Teenager Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.


Following last year’s wildly successful inaugural series of free film screenings at the Queens Drive-In sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. announced today that “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” will return to the grounds of the New York Hall of Science for a second consecutive year.

The full “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” series includes a dynamic slate of dramas, comedies and kid-friendly animated films — including an Academy Award winner for Best Picture — for all borough families to enjoy. The series is presented in proud partnership with Rooftop Films, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Museum of the Moving Image, the Queens Night Market, NYC Parks and the New York City Comptroller.

Social distancing will be strictly enforced, and neither guests arriving on foot nor those who have not pre-registered will be admitted. Space is limited with a capacity of approximately 200 vehicles. Pre-registration is required for each screening and opens up two weeks prior to each showing via

Upon registration, guests will receive a confirmation, which must be presented via printed copy or mobile device upon arrival.

The full series is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 4: “Star Wars” (1977)
  • Wednesday, May 19: “Inside Out” (2015)
  • Wednesday, May 26: “Moonlight” (2016)*
  • Wednesday, June 16: “Coming to America” (1988)* 
  • Thursday, June 24: “Monsoon Wedding” (2001)*
  • Date TBA: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)

          *Films include sexual content and/or violence.

Part of a larger, ongoing film festival at the Queens Drive-In, the first three dates of the free film series — featuring a 62-foot screen constructed in the NYSCI parking lot — will open to pre-registered attendees at 7:30PM, one hour before the film screenings begin at 8:30PM. For the showings of “Coming to America” and “Monsoon Wedding,” gates will open at 8PM with the film beginning at 9PM. Exact timing is subject to change, and the film screenings are held rain or shine, except in the event of severe weather. 
The June 24 screening of “Monsoon Wedding” will be hosted in partnership with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and feature a live musical performance by acclaimed Indian-born, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Falu.
The 2021 “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” series follows last year’s inaugural slate of eight free movies, as well as a live airing of the 2020 U.S. Vice Presidential Debate, from August to October 2020, sponsored by then-Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee.