Fireflies, popsicles and outdoor movies: the summer trifecta is upon us. In this creeping-into-post-Covid world, is there any better way to enjoy friends and flicks than on a blanket under the stars? We don’t think so. Gather up your bug spray, folding chairs, picnic baskets and blankets, and head out to enjoy an evening of outdoor movies this summer. Keep reading for the best places to catch an outdoor movie in Atlanta, below.

Inside the Perimeter

Movies by Moonlight
This classic family event has created a fun, festival atmosphere that appeals to children of all ages. Picnic on the Green, settle in on your own blanket, lawn chair, or one of the surrounding swings, tables, and chairs, and enjoy the latest in family cinema. Food Trucks arrive at 6 p.m., and there's pre-movie fun at 6:30 p.m. The movie starts at dusk.
August 6  - "Black Panther"
August 13 - "Shrek"
August 20 - "Raya and the Dragon"

1 Galambos Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Screen on the Green
Movie trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 7 p.m. at this in-town favorite spot for outdoor activities.
July 8 – “Grease: Sing-a-long” (PG)
Aug. 12 – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG)
Aug. 26 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (PG-13)

1380 Atlantic Dr. NW,
Atlanta, GA 30363

Town Brookhaven
Head to Town Brookhaven, where movies start at dusk and registration is requested.
July 15 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
July 22 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

4330 Peachtree Rd. NE

Movies on the Square
You’ll find family-friendly flicks at the newly renovated Colony Square in Midtown at the start of each month, through October.
Aug. 5 – “Grease” (PG)
Sept. 2 – “The Lion King” (PG)
Oct. 7 – “Hocus Pocus” (PG)

1197 Peachtree St. NE

Outside the Perimeter

Lake Lanier Outdoor Movie
Before the movie shows here, you can swim in the lake, build a sandcastle, or picnic with your family. Then lay back on a beach towel or beach chair and watch a movie on the big screen on the beach at War Hill Park. Come out early (6 pm..) for fun & activities. The movie starts around sundown (8:45 p.m. or earlier).

4081 War Hill Park Rd.
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Movies at Newtown Park
Movies begin at dusk. Gate opens at 6:45 p.m. for pre-show activities.
July 9 – “The Croods: A New Age” (PG)
Aug. 27 – TBA
Sept. 10 – TBA

3150 Old Alabama Rd.
Johns Creek, GA

Movie Under the Stars
The Bowl at Sugar Hill will host live music before each movie, which runs through September.
July 16 – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (PG-13)
Aug. 13 – “Shark Tale” (PG)
Sept. 10 – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (PG-13)

5039 W. Broad St.
Sugar Hill

Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park
Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-show activities and be sure to pre-register if you can.
July 24 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)

3140 Old 41 Hwy. NW

The Avenue East Cobb Summer Movie Series
Arrive early for movie-themed fun and treats, and don’t forget your bug spray, blankets, and chairs.
July 29 – “The Greatest Showman” (PG)

4475 Roswell Rd.

Feature Fridays
Kick back and relax on the Lawrenceville Lawn before the show, then enjoy a family-friendly flick at dusk. Come as early as 7 p.m. to get your spot ready.
July 30 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
Aug. 27 – “The Pursuit of Happiness” (PG-13)
Sept. 24 – “A League of Their Own” (PG)

210 Luckie St.

Flicks on the Bricks
Movies begin on the Duluth Town Green at 8 p.m., and you can pack your own picnic or pick up a pre-made dinner at one of the square’s delectable offerings.
Aug. 6 – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PG)
Sept. 3 – “The Wizard of Oz” (PG)

3142 Hill St. NW

Flicks on the Green in Peachtree Corners
Movies begin at 7 p.m. on Peachtree Corners Town Green at the start of every month, through October.
Aug. 7 – “Thor” (PG-13)
Sept. 4 – “Cars” (G)
Oct. 2 – “Labyrinth” (PG)

5140 Town Center Blvd.
Peachtree Corners

Fun & Cheap Movies That Aren't Necessarily Outdoors

2021 Regal Summer Movie Express
With nine Atlanta locations, you’re guaranteed to find one playing a show that’ll delight your crowd of movie critics. You can catch a family flick for $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Movie Tavern by Marcus Theatres
Find Movie Taverns in Roswell, Tucker, and Suwanee, where you can see a movie for just $5 on Tuesdays.

Starlight Drive-In Theatre
Step back in time and watch a movie from your car at this classic Atlanta drive-in theatre. Ages 10 and older, $10; ages 5-9, $1.

2000 Moreland Ave. SE

Picture Show at Merchants Exchange
On Tuesdays, tickets are half-price at $4.50, or you can see a movie for $1 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. during the Summer Movie Series, through July 28.

4400 Roswell Rd.


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—Shelley Massey


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