To say that my family enjoys movies is an understatement. The only better thing to experience with a movie is a free movie during the summer months around Atlanta. I knew there were a lot of free or cheap outdoor summer movies, but this is the ultimate list. I think it’s safe to say that your family will be able to see as many summer movies as your heart desires.
Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (Multiple Locations)
Movies in the Park
This summer don’t just watch a movie outdoors, experience it in a historic or unusual location. Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ has been awarded Atlanta’s Top 10 Outdoor Movie Events. Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown NOT dark. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray. Movies in the park is sponsored by Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema.
Place: 5 different locations in North Georgia including Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Dawsonville and Woodstock.
Website: Movies in the Park
B at the Movies
McDonalds and EMC Security presents B at the Movies, B98.5’s free summer outdoor movie series. Every Saturday, you can come to any of the 13 Metro Atlanta locations. This year will also include special theme nights, double features and activities for kids of all ages! Movies for 2017 include: Moana, SING!, The Secret Life of Pets, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The LEGO Batman Movie, Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, and a few titles to be announced.
Place: Any of the 14 Metro Atlanta Locations
Website: B at the Movies
KISS @ THE MOVIES
KISS 104.1 has announced the 2017 KISS @ THE MOVIES schedule. The free monthly event starts in June, where families can gather together for a Block Party atmosphere and free movie in the park. The movies will be in Union City (Moana), Riverdale (Hidden Figures), Stockbridge (The Secret Life of Pets) and Lithonia (The Jungle Book).
Place: Various Outlets
Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (Outside the Perimeter)
Flicks on the Bricks
These FREE movies begin in May and run through September. There are tons of fun movies playing at Flicks on the Bricks. Keep in mind that the movies begin at dusk and the screen is located at the fountain. 2017 Movies include Finding Dory, Capt. America Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Moana and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia
Live near the Mall of Georgia? Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join neighbors for a free concert and movie every Saturday night. Each event begins at 6:30 pm with a live band performance, bounce houses, food and drink vendors and special retailer activities. Movies begin at dusk at The Village Amphitheatre.
The 2017 line-up includes Monster Trucks, Deep Water Horizon, Trolls, Hidden Figures, The LEGO Batman Movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana, and Kong Skull Island.
Place: Mall of Georgia, Buford
Website: Mall of Georgia
Avenue Peachtree City Shopping Center
Celebrate Movie Mondays at the Avenue in Peachtree City. The fun begins at 6 pm and the movie begins at sundown. Enjoy a bounce house, face painting, popcorn and giveaways.
Place: The Avenue Peachtree City
Website: The Avenue at Peachtree City
Movies at Swift Cantrell Park, Kennesaw
This year, the 2017 Kennesaw Outdoor Movie Series continues with more family friendly flicks at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. The inflatable screen lights up at dark, so arrive early (around 6 pm) for games, activities, fun, and more. Admission is free, but concessions and some activities have an extra charge. All movies are rated PG, and titles are subject to change. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.
Place: Swift Cantrell Park
City of McDonough Movies on the Square
The City of McDonough hosts movies on the Square at sundown. Movies include Star Wars Rogue One, The LEGO Batman Movie and Back to the Future.
Place: McDonough Town Square
Movies on the Lawn
Meet on the Lawrenceville Lawn for FREE movies. Movie titles have not been announced yet.
Place: Lawrenceville Lawn
Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
A FREE summer movies series will kick off Friday, June 16 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movies will start at dusk, rain or shine. For more information visit mablehouse.org.
Place: Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
Main Street Movies
Movies are shown on the lawn next to the Stockbridge City Hall. The movies begin at dusk. The evening includes family fun, games and prizes. 2017 Movies include Zootopia and Sing.
Place: Stockbridge at City Hall
Website: Main Street Stockbridge
Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (Inside the Perimeter)
Movies in Central Park
My family LOVES Central Park and we are ecstatic to learn that there are movies at sundown on various dates at Central Park in Atlanta. The film begins promptly at dusk, but get to Central Park a little early to get a good seat. Blankets and chairs are allowed. Want to sit like a VIP? Follow each movie’s Facebook Event page. In the past, Atlantic Station has offered special, day-of giveaways. The 2017 schedule includes The Fugitive, The Little Rascals, Sabrina, Twister, As Good as It Gets, Pleastantville, 10 Things I Hate About You and Miss Congeniality.
Place: Central Park – Atlantic Station, Atlanta
Website: Atlantic Station
Movies on The Town
Another great option when it comes to seeing FREE movies in Atlanta is at Town Brookhaven. The area is designed to have chairs and blankets. You aren’t allowed to bring in food and drinks, but there are TONS of awesome menu options from local restaurants to choose from. Movies go through June almost the end of July.
If you live close to Town Brookhaven, they always have good shows. I have neighbors who have complimented the atmosphere and everything about Movies on the Town. This is definitely a must experience this summer if you’re in town. The line-up is a blend of animated and non-animated movies perfect for families, date nights, girls’ nights, groups of friends and more!
Movies for 2017 include SING!, Back to the Future, Legally Blonde, Rudy, The LEGO Batman Movie, Hidden Figures, LaLa Land.
Place: Town Brookhaven, 4330 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Website: Town Brookhaven
Flicks at Tech
Georgia Tech’s favorite summer film series Dodd After Dark, is back in 2017 as Flicks at Tech! The Georgia Tech Student Center and Georgia Tech Athletics have partnered to host the series, which includes three films in various locations across campus.
Movies include Moana at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Hidden Figures and Beauty and the Beast at Tech Green.
Place: Bobby Dodd Stadium, 150 Bobby Dodd Way, Atlanta
Website: Flicks at Tech
This one is kind of neat because the movies start in April but extend into August and September. This is nice because most of the other movie options end in July. They have a great line up for 2017 too including Fantastic Beasts, Sing, and the Force Awakens. Picnic festivities and music start an hour before dark in front of the pool house.
Place: Candler Park, 585 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta
Website: Friends of Candler Park
Outdoor Movies Around Georgia
Movie Under the Stars in Dahlonega
Dahlonega invites families the second Friday of every month from May through August to enjoy the 6th Annual Movies Under The Stars series, presented by Chestatee Regional Hospital. Enjoy summer Friday evenings in Hancock Park in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, while soaking in family film favorites on a 23-foot screen.
Movie start times vary slightly depending on the degree of darkness – a catch-all phrase is that movies start at dusk. The 2017 Movies include Moana, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and Nine Lives.
Place: Downtown Dahlonega at Hancock Park (rain location Lumpkin County Middle School)
Website: Movies Under the Stars
Dauset Nature Center
Dauset Trails is a nature center in Jackson, Ga. They are hosting an outdoor movie night in October. The movie is TBD.
Place: Dauset Trails Nature Center
Website: Dauset Trail
Movies on the Beach at Callaway Gardens
Celebrate Friday with a movie on Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. Admission is included with paid gate admission and overnight stays. If you don’t want to come for the day, after 5 pm, admission is $10 per adult; $5 per child (ages 6 to 12); children five and younger are admitted for free. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show.
Place: Callaway Gardens
Website: Callaway Gardens
Jekyll Island Movie on the Green
If you are visiting Jekyll Island, you can enjoy movies on their new town Green. This summer movies include Back to the Future, Grease, Caddyshack, The Sound of Music, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The movies will continue in the fall with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in September, E.T. in October, and Elf in November.
Place: Jekyll Island Green
Outdoor Movies in Atlanta – Dive-In Movies
Summer Waves Dive-In Movies
Grab an inner tube and watch your favorite water-themed movies from the Summer Waves wave pool. Movies start at 8:30 pm and are free with a Night Splash ticket. The movie on July 1 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
Place: Summer Waves Water Park
Website: Summer Waves
White Water Dive-In Movies
See a movie while lounging on an inner tube at White Water’s 750,000 gallon wave pool – The Atlanta Ocean. Movies are every Thursday night in June and July. Movies start just after 7 pm. The movies are free with your White Water pass.
Movies include: Pete’s Dragon, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The BFG, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana.
Place: White Water
Website: Six Flags White Water
Cheap Summer Movies
Summer Movie Express
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week two movies play on each day. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Movies in 2017 include Kung Fu Panda, Ice Age, Trolls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Monster Trucks, and Penguins.
Place: Regal Theaters around the city
Website: Summer Express
CineMark Summer Movie Club
Pay $1 for one show or spread out the fun all summer with the $5 for 10 movies package. The 2017 Movies include The Secret Life of Pets, The LEGO Batman Movie, Trolls, Shrek the Third, Goosebumps, The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania, Megamind, The Angry Birds, Sing.
Website: Summer Movie Club
In addition to these cheap summer movie clubs, check out our post on dollar movies for more inexpensive movie fun.
Tips for Having a Successful Summer Movie Night with the Family
Movie night is right around the corner for your family this summer, which means lots of fun is in store for everyone. While you may have lots of fun planned, there are ways to have an even more successful summer movie night with your family this year. Check out these tips!
#1. Plan which movies to see- There are TONS of movie options around the Atlanta area. It’s best if you choose a couple of movies that you want to see, instead of trying to see them all. I like to make a list of our top choices and from there we vote on the best options for our family. Making a plan can always help your family have a better time. In the past, when we’ve planned our experiences have been way better than being sporadic.
#2. Invite friends and family- What better way to spend time with friends and family this year than with a summer movie? Summer movies are not only a frugal activity but an awesome one. Every week, we try to invite at least one friend or family member to come with us. Every time we have brought a family member with us, they have LOVED it! The kids also get a kick out of inviting different people with them as well. We always have a vehicle full, which makes for an, even more, fun summer. The more the merrier, am I right?
#3. Bring your own snacks- Another thing my family does to make movie night super successful is bringing our own snacks. Buying food anywhere can really add up, which is find on occasion, but since we plan on doing this event every week, bringing our own snacks is a must. Keep an eye out though because some of the movie venues do not allow you to bring your own snacks.
#4. Bring something comfortable to sit on- Sitting on the ground is not comfortable at all. You don’t want to be miserable at a park movie. Have the kids bring pillows and blankets to sit on. Maybe they can even bring their favorite stuffed animal to help them feel even more comfortable. Just don’t forget it or you could be in for a miserable night.
#5. Bring bug spray- Please don’t forget this one because your family will be miserable. I’m not a huge fan of mosquitos and bites make me cringe. I make sure that my entire family is wearing some sort of bug spray.
#6. Have the kids rest prior to coming- Most of the time, movies end pretty late into the evening. In the past summers, I have had my kids take a nap or rest for a while before coming. Since kids can get tired really easy, if not in bed at their normal time, it’s important that they get the rest they need. Not to mention, rested kids always equal happier kids.
Having a successful free or cheap outdoor summer movie night around Atlanta can be fun! Follow this advice and your family should be good to go the entire night. What tips would you add to this list?