Free Friday Flicks

Free Friday Flicks

Hatch Shell Movie Schedule

For more than 25 years, WBZ Radio has sponsored free movie events at the Hatch Shellduring 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.

Free Friday Flicks Venue, Hatch ShellFree Friday Flicks Venue

WBZ 1030 has a format of all news during the day, and talk radio during the evenings. Road condition updates calledTraffic 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 ShrekGreaseBack 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!


July, 2013

Friday July 12, Sunset (8:21 pm)
"Despicable Me"
Starring Chris Renaud & Steve Carell (Animation/Comedy)
"When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. " – IMDB


Friday July 19, Sunset (8:16 pm)
"Wreck It Ralph"
Starring John C. Reilly & Sarah Silverman (Animation/Comedy)
"A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives." – IMDB


Friday July 26, Sunset (8:10 pm)
"Here Comes The Boom"
Starring Kevin James & Salma Hayek (Action/Comedy)
"A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school."  – IMDB

August 2013

Friday August 2, Sunset (8:02 pm)
"Madagascar 3"
Starring Tom McGrath & Conrad Vernon (Animation/Adventure)
"Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent Madagascar style." – IMDB


Friday August 9, Sunset (7:53 pm)
"Rise Of The Guardians"
Starring Chris Pine & Alec Baldwin (Animation/Adventure)
"When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world." – IMDB


Friday August 16, Sunset (7:43 pm)
"Jack The Giant Slayer"
Starring Nicholas Hoult & Ewan McGregor (Animation/Adventure)
"The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds." – IMDB


Friday August 23, Sunset (7:33 pm)
"Oz The Great & Powerful"
Starring James Franco & Rachel Weisz (Animation/Adventure)
"A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches." – IMDB


Contact Information & Address:

WBZ Radio - Free Friday Flicks
Storrow Drive & Mugar Way, Boston, MA left off here
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  • A former member
    A former member

    we really could do it a meet up event. we are 12 who RSPV yes. could be fun, but now its too late.

    July 12, 2013

    • Sandra

      Just tell people where to meet you. You never know...

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Sandra/Sandy-Will there be an opportunity for those who RSVP "Yes" here to actually meet up and "do" this event as a cohesive group, or did you post this event simply as an "FYI"? Thanks. -Paul K.

    July 10, 2013

    • Sandra

      I won't be able to go but if you want to set something up to meet the others go ahead.

      July 10, 2013

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