Outdoor Movies in Charlotte
Catch an outdoor movie screening this summer in Charlotte.
by Chelsea Galusky Jun 10, 2021
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.
City Skyline Views
First Friday of each month starting at 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
- Movies on the Lawn (Ayrsley)
- Movies in the Park (Concord)
- Outdoor Cinema Series (Cornelius)
- Summer Movie Series (Dallas)
- Movies in the Park (Huntersville)
- Movies in the Park (Kannapolis)
- Family Movie Nights (Locust)
- Rockin & Reelin (Pineville)
- Backyard Blockbusters (Stallings)
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.
The Sunset Drive-In Theatre (Shelby)
Cost: $15 (plus tax) per car