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Outdoor Movies in Charlotte

Catch an outdoor movie screening this summer in Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop

The intoxicating smell of popcorn. The familiar hum of film rolling through the projector. The dimming of the lights. Or in this case, the setting of the sun. Nothing exudes the essence of summer like a classic outdoor movie screening.

Charlotte offers a bevy of locations where free movies are the main attraction. So grab a blanket (or lawn chair) and some snacks to enjoy our take on the modern drive-in experience with a movie under the stars.

Impress your Date

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop

Thursdays in May-October at sunset
Cost: Free

Take a trip to Historic Southend, and head to the Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop for local beer and your favorite flick. Every Friday from May through October, this neighborhood favorite provides a way for you to experience a cinematic classic while sipping on a regional brew. The movies are shown in the beer garden, but the seating is first come, first serve. If you are running late, B.Y.O. comfy lawn chair.

Movie Schedule:
May 30 – Talladega Nights
June 6 – Mean Girls
June 13 – Dazed and Confused
June 20 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
June 27 – Top Gun
July 11 – Old School
July 18 – The Sandlot
July 25 – Step Brothers
Aug. 1 – Dirty Dancing
Aug. 8 – Clueless
Aug. 15 – Happy Gilmore
Aug. 22 – 10 Things I Hate About You
Aug. 29 – Bridesmaids

Click here for September and October movie listings.

Movies on the Deck


Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Parking $4 first half hour, $3 additional hour with $25 daily maximum

Charlotte Center City and Trinity Partners join forces to show the summer classic “Jaws” on the 4th level of 400 South Tryon's parking garage. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and there will be live music starting at 7 p.m. Food and drinks from JJ's Red Hots, King of Pops Charlotte and Resident Culture Brewing Company are available for first-come, first-serve. Bring a blanket or low-back chair when you come, and please refrain from bringing glass if you opt to BYO food and drinks. You can also grab provisions from Rhino Market & Deli Downtown, located downstairs of the deck’s main building, for some delicious movie picnic options.

Ballpark Fun

BB&T Ballpark

Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Canned food donation

Whenever you catch a Charlotte Knights game, you have to agree – The BB&T Ballpark has a fantastic view of the city. Catch this event to watch a movie at the ballpark. Movie will be “How to Train a Dragon: Hidden World.” Cost of admission is a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Come back another day for a game! The Charlotte Knights also have a full line-up of celebrity appearances happening at their games this season. Mark these dates in your calendar to snag an autograph or selfie with these TV/Film celebrities:

June 5: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, WWE
June 6: Shauna Malwae-Tweep, Parks and Recreation
June 8: John Kinsella, Field of Dreams
June 19: Mookie Wilson, MLB
July 7: Roger Dorn, Major League
July 25: Scotty Smalls, The Sandlot
July 26: Jim Rice, MLB
August 1: J. Peterman, Seinfeld

Photo courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts

City Skyline Views

Uptown at Seventh & Tryon

Select Saturdays at 8:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Blumenthal Performing Arts hosts Movie Nights at Seventh & Tryon each month this summer. Watch classic hits while being enthralled by the electric energy of Uptown Charlotte. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs. Treat yourself to a complimentary bag of buttery, salty movie theatre popcorn to munch on during the film.

Movie Schedule:
May 25 - Back to the Future
June 22 - The Goonies
July 27 - Jurassic Park
August 17 - Jumanji

Family-friendly Fun

Promenade on Providence

Friday, June 21 and Sept. 20 at sunset
Cost: Free

Promenade on Providence can satisfy the needs of all parties involved, especially the little ones. Head out to the Green to catch two free animated movie selections. Nestled behind the hustle and bustle of Providence Road, the Green provides a view of a charming pagoda and fountain. You won’t want to miss watching a movie in this beautiful landscape.

Movie Schedule:
Friday, June 21 – Despicable Me 3
Friday, Sept. 20 – The Incredibles 2

Post-shopping Entertainment

Charlotte Premium Outlets

Saturday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

After a day of shopping at Charlotte Premium Outlets, enjoy Movies Under the Stars with a free screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Anticipate music, trivia, face painting, balloon twisting and other activities before the movie begins. Select retailers will also offer coupons and special offers.

Island Vibes

The Metropolitan

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Transport yourself to the Hawaiian Islands when The Metropolitan hosts Moonlight Movies: Moana. Photos with Moana, professional hula dancers and a limbo contest will be at The Green next to Vivace. Local restaurants will also provide popcorn, snacks and sweet treats.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Lights. Camera. Adventure.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Fridays in April and October at sunset
Cost: Free

USNWC hosts its annual Whitewater Film Series during the months of April and October. Each film showcases outdoor adventure through the perspective of those who live active, outdoor lifestyles to the fullest. Keep an eye on the USNWC website and Film Series Facebook event for special meet-and-greet opportunities with those involved in the film. Due to the severe weather this spring, these films have been rescheduled for the Fall Whitewater Film Series – Andy Irons: Kissed By God and Women’s Adventure Film Tour.

Away from the City

Just a short drive away from Uptown Charlotte, these nearby towns also offer outdoor movie screenings. Click on each neighborhood for the full movie schedule, and keep an eye on the weather for any possibility of rescheduling. Bookmark the Charlotte Film event site for more upcoming movie screenings in the Charlotte region.

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Summer Lovin’ Classic

Drive-In Movie Theaters

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Cost: Prices vary / Cash only

Channel your inner Danny and Sandy to experience “those summer nights” in a classic way. A drive-in movie is the quintessential spot for an unforgettable summer memory. With several locations throughout Charlotte, get ready to enjoy current movie releases from the comfort of your own car. While you can’t bring outside food, the concession stand is loaded with fan favorites like hot dogs, French fries and popcorn. Movies are updated weekly, and keep an eye out for double movie feature weekends.

Badin Road Drive-In (Albemarle)
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 ages 6-11

Hound’s Drive-In (Kings Mountain)
Thursday-Sunday at 9:10 p.m.
Cost: $15 per car

The Sunset Drive-In Theatre (Shelby)
Friday and Saturday
Cost: $12 per car

Beat the Heat

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Saturdays in June-August at 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Duck inside to check out the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Film Series. This year’s series celebrates five exceptional character-driven roles of actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Marvel at his Oscar-winning performances that include President Abraham Lincoln and The Story of Christy Brown. Viewings will take place at the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center.

Movie Schedule:
June 29 – Last of the Mohicans
July 6 – Lincoln
July 20 – My Left Foot
July 27 – There Will Be Blood
August 10 – Room with a View