Star-gazing may be out of the question when those celestial bodies have to compete with our enchanting Atlanta skyline, but there’s another simple pastime to make our hot town, summer in the city complete. How’s about a lovin’ spoonful of outdoor movie watching to get both the film (and your summer) rolling? Besides, sometimes it can be a fun challenge to ditch Netflix and venture into the great wide open, bust out ye ol’ cooler and enjoy the fresh air. And even if we can’t stare into a sky full of stars, we can surely stare longingly into the silver screen (and don’t call me Shirley).

We’re all for enjoying a picnic with a side of cinematic adventure and luckily there’s a slew of options all over the city waiting for us to indulge in some outdoor movie magic. From new releases to nostalgic picks and family-friendly flicks, we’ve compiled a cheeky little list of venues just for you movie lovers. Enjoy!

Atlantic Station: Movies in Central Park
These guys are showing a wide variety of outdoor movies this summer. Re-experience film favorites from modern Disney classics like Up to Spielberg’s groundbreaking masterpiece, Jurassic Park. Films start at dusk and admission is free!

Starlight Drive-in
Whether it’s date night or we’re just feelin’ a bit nostalgic, summer nights were made for an evening at the drive-in. They’ll be showing all of this summer’s new releases all in the classic atmosphere of a drive-in theatre.

Movies & Music in the Park at Emory Point
Every other Thursday this summer, enjoy complimentary movies AND live music in The Park. There’s plenty of lawn seating here, perfect for a summer picnic.

Candler Park Movie Series
Hosted by Friends of Candler Park, this summer movie series will also provide free admission to outdoor movie watching fun. Bring a blanket and some snacks to kick back and enjoy the quaint and cozy gem that is Candler Park.

ATL Film Fest’s Sundown Series
Heads up, movie buffs – this one’s for you. Westside Provisions District has partnered with ATL Film Festival to celebrate art, music, food and film on the last Wednesday of every month through June and July. Films begin at sundown and food from surrounding restaurants will be available – chairs will also be provided.

Come dusk, when the fireflies light up the night and the air is warm and light – summer ignites. Why not add a little movie magic to the mix?
Got an outdoor movie venue to share? Drop us a line.

Scoutmob Local Editorial Intern Brittany Maher is a self-proclaimed word nerd, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things comedy. Currently a senior at Kennesaw State University, Brittany is Editor-in-Chief of her university’s student run newspaper, The Sentinel. She has infinite knowledge of 90’s sitcoms and will almost always beat you in Scrabble.