Seeing Stars: Where To See This Summer’s Outdoor Movies


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It’s beyond bedtime, there’a a blockbuster on the big screen, and the whole family is piled onto a blanket – could anything be better than an outdoor summer movie screening? Luckily for us, this year’s lineup of Atlanta outdoor flicks is as family friendly as an ice cream truck convention. And did we mention they’re free? Just don’t forget to pack the picnics and grab the bug spray!


Movies on the Town in Brookhaven

Where: Town Brookhaven
When: Thursdays from May 28 – July 30th (Except for the week of July 4th)
Things to Know: Music and announcements begin approximately two hours prior to the screening, and while this is a free event full of family friendly movies on tap, they kindly prefer you to refrain from brining your own coolers, outside food and drinks, pets, or chairs. You are encouraged to bring your blankets, come early, and grab a picnic dinner at one of their restaurants to eat on the green.

Our Picks:

6/11 Frozen (Sing-a-long)

6/18 Shrek

7/9 The Goonies

8/6 Big Hero Six (Make-up Date)

Movies in Central Park

Where: Atlantic Station
When: Thursdays through August 13
Things to Know: Movies in Atlantic Station are becoming an Atlanta summer tradition, so be sure to get there early and enjoy the activities planned before each film. Forgot your blanket? No worries. They have a limited number of soft, fleece blankets available to borrow, and you’re welcome to bring your own picnic. However, if you’d prefer to order from the take-out menus of Atlantic Station restaurants, you can do that, too.

Our Picks:

6/18 The Lego Movie

7/23 101 Dalmatians

8/13 The Wizard of Oz

Moovies at the Mable

Where: Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
When: Select Fridays through August
Things to Know: Located just outside of town in Marietta’s direction, Moovies at the Mable has an incredible line-up of free family films this summer in it’s covered amphitheatre (reminiscent of Chastain). Blankets are welcome, but please leave your chairs at home.

Our Picks:

6/12 Epic

6/26 Penguins of Madagascar

7/10 Rio 2

7/24 How to Train Your Dragon 2

8/7 Cinderella

FLicks on the Bricks Duluth GA

Flicks on the Bricks

Where: Historic Downtown Duluth
When: 1st & 3rd Fridays through October (Except for the week of July 4th)
Things to Know: Flicks on the Bricks is part of the weekly Fridays-N-Duluth series, which includes entertainment, food trucks, and plenty of family fun. Movies are free and begin screening at dusk.

Our Picks:

6/19 Maleficent

7/17 How To Train A Dragon 2

8/4 Guardians of the Galaxy

10/2 The Boxtrolls

Candler Park Movie Night

Where: In front of the pool house
When: Select Saturdays through September
Things to Know: An in-town favorite, Candler Park hosts a fun movie night that the locals love. Festivities start an hour prior to dusk in front of the pool. Pups, picnics and blankets are encouraged, but there will be yummy food from local spots like Fox Brother’s and Candler Park Market so save room. Remember to leave all glass at home, and try to arrive early, as parking can get a little tricky.

Our Picks:

8/8 The Jungle Book

8/22 Pirates of the Caribbean 

9/12 Willy Wonka (the Original)



Where will you be heading to for movies under the stars? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Candice Rose and Shelley Massey

Photos courtesy of Georgia Movies in the Park via Facebook, Fridays N Duluth via Facebook, and Creative Commons via Flickr.

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