With the return of summer comes the next wave of Sunset Cinema, our free monthly film series screened on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue lawn. In June, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Roxbury International Film Festival with Marvel’s smash hit Black Panther; in July, usher in the Boston French Film Festival with Faces Places, a playful new documentary by director Agnès Varda and artist JR; in August, join us for Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 sci-fi epic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, part of the series Heroic, highlighting female heroes in film; and in September, we launch our British Horror series with the 1973 classic The Wicker Man

All screenings are preceded by live music, 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.



In This Series

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Black Panther
June 20, 2018
7:00 pm10:45 pm

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Faces Places (Visages Villages)
July 12, 2018
7:00 pm10:00 pm

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
August 9, 2018
6:30 pm10:30 pm

This event is over.

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The Wicker Man (1973)
September 13, 2018
6:00 pm9:15 pm

Directed by Robin Hardy (UK, 1973, 100 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 access@mfa.org.

Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting. The weather decision is made on the day of the film.

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 Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Sunset Cinema is supported by the Carlotte and Samuel Berk Fund.