Sunset Cinema

June 19–September 12, 2019

With the return of summer comes the next wave of Sunset Cinema! Our free outdoor film series features a varied lineup of recent hits, perfect for viewing under the stars. On June 19, kick off the 21st annual Roxbury International Film Festival with a screening of the mind-bending animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. On July 11, usher in the Boston French Film Festival with the madcap comedy The Trouble with You, nominated for nine César awards. We finish out the season with Stanley Kubrick's mind-masterpiece 2001: a Space Odyssey on August 15, and Jordan Peele's audacious second film, Us, on September 12.

All screenings take place on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, and are preceded by art making and lawn games starting 90 minutes before the film begins. No ticket is required. Bring a blanket or low chair (maximum 3 feet high), a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks are available for purchase.

Past Events


September 12, 2019
6:00 pm–9:30 pm

Tonight's screening will be indoors in Remis Auditorium. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed at the Huntington Avenue Entrance...


August 15, 2019
6:30 pm–10:45 pm

Directed by Stanley Kubrick (USA/UK, 1968, 161 min.). Digital. English with open captions.


July 11, 2019
7:00 pm–10:20 pm

Directed by Pierre Salvadori (France, 2018, 107 min.). French with English subtitles.


June 19, 2019
7:00 pm–10:30 pm

Directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman (USA, 2018, 116 min.). Digital. English with open captions.


All screenings are wheelchair accessible and include English captions or subtitles. For more information, call 617-267-9300, or e-mail

Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting.

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Large bags, coolers, and tall chairs are not permitted.

Per Federal and State law, the MFA welcomes trained service animals. Service animals must be on a leash or tether and under the control of the owner at all times. Emotional support and other animals or pets are not permitted on the Museum campus.

The weather decision is made on the day of the film. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors to Remis Auditorium; 350 free tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Huntington Avenue Entrance starting at 6 pm. No lawn chairs, large bags, or outside food are allowed in Remis Auditorium. All such items must be checked at the Huntington or Fenway coat check. Food and beverages purchased at Taste Café may be brought into the auditorium.


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Funders of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston