Free Friday Flicks
Hatch Shell Movie Schedule
For 29 years, WBZ Radio has sponsored free movie events at the Hatch Shell during the summer. WBZ is 1030 on the AM dial, and provides 24 hours of news, weather, sports information, and talk radio. The official title of this traditional summer series is Free Friday Flicks, and is very popular with Boston Residents.
The movies start at dusk, and are usually films that were huge box office successes, both recent or modern classics. The Hatch Shell lawn fills up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this family-friendly free event. Alcohol is strictly forbidden at the Esplanade, with violators subject to arrest.
WBZ 1030 has a format of all news during the day, and talk radio during the evenings. Road condition updates called Traffic On The 3's, and detailed stock market updates, are extremely popular. The broadcast power of the station is significant, and at night callers may be phoning in from New York, Maine, or even farther away from Boston.
The station dates back to the 1920s, and many prominent radio and television personalities have worked there over the years. Some of the famous radio hosts include David Brudnoy, Norm Nathan, Larry Glick, Tom Bergeron, and Dave Maynard. WBZ 1030 has a reputation of objectivity and integrity; a rare status in today's multi-medium society.
Some of the famous movie titles that have aired in recent years at Free Friday Flicks include Shrek, Grease, Back To The Future, and the family classic Wizard Of Oz. Come down to the Hatch Shell and enjoy a free movie at this unique venue. Free Friday Flicks is a public service of WBZ and its sponsors.
Due to popular demand we included the official time for sunset, when the sun drops below the horizon. Arrive before sunset of course!
Friday June 20, Sunset (8:24 pm)
Starring Billy Crystal & John Goodman (Animation/Comedy)
"A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University – when they weren't necessarily the best of friends." – IMDB
Friday July 11, Sunset (8:22 pm)
"Despicable Me 2"
Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig (Animation/Comedy)
"Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal." – IMDB
Friday July 18, Sunset (8:17 pm)
Starring Sean Astin & Josh Brolin (Adventure/Comedy)
"A group of kids set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure." – IMDB
Friday July 25, Sunset (8:11 pm)
"Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2"
Starring Bill Hader & Will Forte (Animation/Comedy)
"Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized. Everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids - "foodimals!" With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission – to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!" – Columbia Pictures
Friday August 1, Sunset (8:04 pm)
"Men In Black 3"
Starring Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones (Action/Comedy)
"Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history." – IMDB
Friday August 8, Sunset (7:55 pm)
"The Lego Movie"
Starring Chris Pratt & Elizabeth Banks (Animation/Adventure)
"An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis." – IMDB
Friday August 15, Sunset (7:45 pm)
Starring Michael Keaton & Geena Davis (Fantasy/Comedy)
"A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a 'bio-exorcist' in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house." – IMDB
Friday August 22, Sunset (7:35 pm)
Starring Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel (Animation/Adventure)
"Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter." – IMDB
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