Even though the price of movie tickets and popcorn are skyrocketing, you can still save a bundle at the movies this summer. Bring a blanket and a basket of food and experience the great outdoors. Films look even better in the velvety darkness of the summer night sky. By Sherry Mazzocchi

(image courtesy of Bryant Park)

This is the mother of all free outdoor summer movies. Stop by Bryant Park on Monday nights to watch some of their most popular films and your favorite movies. The series kicked off on June 16 with the classic drama Saturday Night Fever, followed by an amazing action movie The Mark of Zorro. At the end of August, you’re in for a bumpy night with The Shining.

(image courtesy of the Intrepid)

The Intrepid’s free summer movie festival is a New York City tradition. Catch classics like Independence Day and Gravity on the museum’s flight deck. If you miss this, you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.

They serve free popcorn every Wednesday at this outdoor film series geared towards adults. July 9 through Aug. 20 you can watch Hollywood’s biggest stars, under the stars. This free movie series features films from Iron Man 3 and American Hustle to Lone Survivor and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

(image courtesy Roof Top Films)

Rooftop Films holds film screenings at locations all over the city, including Industry City, the Metrotech Commons, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Catch Animation Block Party, a series of short films, at Brookfield Place on July 24.

(image by Julienne Schaer, courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Syfy opened its 15-year-old festival on July 10 with Duck Soup. Beetle Juice, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Sharknado are just a few of the other films featured in this Thursday night festival series. Bike valet service is also provided courtesy of Transportation Alternatives.

(image courtesy of Central Park Conservancy)

Make room on your calendar for the free Central Park Film Festival from Aug. 18-22. This year’s schedule boasts film favorites in the following order: Monday, Aug. 18: Big (1988); Tuesday Aug. 19: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); Wednesday, Aug. 20: The Way We Were (1973); Thursday, Aug. 21: Ghostbusters (1984); Friday, Aug. 21: Rear Window (1954). Located on the landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive, gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 8 p.m.