2015 Summer Outdoor Movie Series Schedules
Grab your friends and family, a picnic blanket and some snacks and check out the numerous venues all over the state that offer a variety of outdoor movie screenings.
Filmies (like a foodie, but for films): newportFILM Outdoors
Release your inner filmie with newportFILM’s outdoor indie film screenings, guaranteed to please even the least-hipster person you know. Get a glimpse of the beguiling world of art collecting with Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict or get soulful with What Happened, Miss Simone?, the true story of one of American’s greatest soul singers. Stick around after the films for conversations with national film critics and screenwriters.
Showtimes: Thursdays at dusk. July 2 –Sept. 10.
The Details: $5 suggested donation. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. For a full calendar listing and specific venues, visit newportfilmcom.
Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park. Photo by Jennifer Carter.
Outdoorsmen/women: Movies on the Rocks
The fresh scent of cut grass, the calm sound of crickets chirping and…. dinosaurs bellowing? Watch film stars under the stars in Ballard Park in Newport, a lush, green getaway from the asphalt jungle. Jump in surprise as dinosaurs charge in Jurassic Park, or dust off those shoulder pads and watch ’80s classic, The Breakfast Club. Feel the cool grass beneath your feet as you observe the wonders of the screen in the great outdoors. Hiking boots are optional.
Showtimes: Wednesdays at 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.
The Details: Free. Use Hazard Road Entrance. Parking is available at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Rd., Newport. Allow 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to Quarry Meadow, where the films will be shown. For a full calendar listing, visit ballardpark.org.
Movies on the Block.
City-dwellers: Movies on the Block
If the idea of wind whipping through an open park or some extra crunch in your popcorn from sand does not appeal to you, fear not. Head to Grant’s Block for Movies on the Block and kick back city-style for a wide array of flicks – from Blade Runner to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Showtimes: Thursdays at dusk. June 11–Sept. 25.
The Details: Free. Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster St., Providence. For a full calendar listing, visit moviesontheblock.com.
Thrill-seekers: Movies in the Park
The rides may be gone, but the action is far from gone. Head to Rocky Point this summer and get your thrills-on watching family-friendly films such as The Lego Movie, Annie, Happy Feet and Finding Nemo. Food trucks will be on standby for those in need of a calorie pick-me up.
Showtimes: Thursdays at dusk. June 18, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 20.
The Details: Free. Rocky Point, Warwick. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. For a full calendar listing, visit centralchamber.com.
Beach Bums: Movies on the Beach at Narragansett Town Beach
For those who think a blanket on the sand makes the perfect seat, hit up Narragansett Town Beach this summer to watch your favorite films. Bring some seaside snacks and set up for an evening watching Open Season, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Finding Nemo or Mrs. Doubtfire as the waves crash and create beautiful background music.
Showtimes: Wednesdays at dusk. July 15–Aug. 5.
The Details: Free. North Beach Clubhouse Deck, Narragansett Town Beach, 70 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. For more information, visit narragansettri.gov.
Misquamicut Drive-in. Photo by Amy Martira.
Children of the ’80s: Misquamicut Drive-In
For those who reminisce about big hair and adorable aliens, pull your ride up to Misquamicut Drive-In to watch movies on the beach (bonus points for cramming passengers to full car capacity). Swoon over Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing or help E.T. phone home with movies by the seaside, drive-in style.
Showtimes: Fridays at 9 p.m. May 15–June 26.
The Details: $10 per car. Wuskenau Town Beach Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. For a full calendar listing, visit misquamicut.org.
Vintage Lovers: Rustic Drive-in
Missing those summers of sipping soda-pop beneath the glow of a giant movie screen as you sit in your Chevy Bel Air? Even if you didn’t grow up in the ’50s, the Rustic Drive-in provides the ultimate retro movie experience. Load the family (or your date) into the car for a night of ice cream, clamcakes and of course, slick flicks.
The Details: $27 per carload. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., Route 146, North Smithfield. For full calendar listings, call 401-769-7601 or visit yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.
Kiddo Movie Buffs: Movie Night at Ninigret Park
Come down to Ninigret Park for a movie night in the grass. Lay down a blanket and enjoy family flicks like Big Hero 6 and Paddington beneath the stars.
Showtimes: Wed. July 22 and Wed. Aug. 5. Films begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.)
Details: Free. Movies will be shown behind the playground. Rte. 1A, Park Lane, Charlestown. Call 401-364-1222, or check out the schedule.