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Outdoor Movies in Charlotte

Catch an outdoor movie screening this summer in Charlotte.

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.

Photo courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts

City Skyline Views

Neighborhood: Uptown at Victoria Yards

First Friday of each month starting at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Watch classic hits while being enthralled by the electric energy of Uptown Charlotte. Charlotte Center City Partners hosts dinner, live music and a movie at Victoria Yards the first Friday of each month. Starting at 6 p.m., you’ll find food trucks, alcoholic beverages and live music. Eat and entertain yourself until the movie starts at 8:15 p.m.

Promenade on Providence

When: Select Fridays at sunset
Cost:
Free (Guests are invited to bring nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank.)

Promenade on Providence can satisfy the needs of all parties involved, especially the little ones. Head out to the Green to catch free 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.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on upcoming movie showings.

Hound's Drive-In - Photography by Cody Hughes

Away from the City

Just a short drive away from Uptown Charlotte, these nearby towns also offer outdoor movie screenings. Bookmark the Charlotte Film event site for more upcoming movie screenings in the Charlotte region.

View Upcoming Film Events

Summer Lovin’ Classic

Drive-In Movie Theaters

When: 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)
Friday-Sunday
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 ages 6-11

Hound’s Drive-In
(Kings Mountain)
Thursday-Sunday at 9:10 p.m.
Cost: $20 per car

The Sunset Drive-In Theatre (Shelby)
Friday-Sunday
Cost: $15 (plus tax) per car