Atlanta’s Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-in Theaters

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Atlanta’s Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-in Theaters

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Summertime in Atlanta is often spent hanging out at the pool or taking advantage of the cool A/C while visiting the city’s lineup of one-of-a-kind attractions, but as nightfall arrives, everyone comes outside to enjoy the warmth of summer with friends and family. With the city’s many parks and green spaces, it’s no wonder that movie nights on these sprawling lawns are a hit amongst Atlantans. Whether you want to feel the nostalgia of Atlanta’s only drive-in theatre or feast on a picnic dinner with your family while watching a recent Hollywood hit, there will be something everyone in the family can agree on.

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Starlight Drive-In Theatre

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Location: 2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Open: Year-round from Thursday through Monday.

Admission: around $9 for adults and $1 for children 5-9 years old.

An Atlanta institution since 1949, the Starlight Drive-In Theatre is Atlanta’s only remaining classic drive-in theater. Beloved for their signature double features, there are four screens on-site, each of which shows two movies back-to-back for the price of one. With eight movies to choose from ranging from classics like Disney's Dumbo to current blockbusters like Captain Marvel, be sure to check the lineup for each screen before you go, as you cannot switch screens between movies. Although concessions are available, you’re allowed to bring your own food and drink. Just leave the alcohol at home. Check their website for seasonal events which the theatre regularly hosts, such as the Drive-In Invasion and Rock and Roll Monster Bash, where local artists, food trucks, live music, on-site camping and classic movies are only part of the fun. 

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Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station

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Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station

Location: 18th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363

Open: Every Thursday from early April through June

Admission: Free

After walking around one of Atlanta’s best outdoor shopping communities, cozy up in Atlantic Station’s Central Park, which boasts a big screen showing new and old movies alike. From classics like Casablanca to family favorites like Mary Poppins Returns, the annual lineup has something for everyone in the family. Be sure to bring along a picnic while you lounge on the lawn, or forget the hassle and grab takeout from one of the many of Atlantic Station restaurants, like Meehan’s Public House and The Pig & The Pearl, which have special takeout offers for moviegoers each Thursday night. The series kicks off with Mary Poppins Returns on April 6 and continues on select Thursdays around 8:45 to 9 p.m. at dusk. Don't miss June's films, which are "Throwback Thursday" themed: 

  • June 6 – Ferris Bueller’s Day off (1986) 
  • June 13 – Shrek (2001)
  • June 20 – Karate Kid (1984) 
  • June 27 – Beauty and The Beast (1991)
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Movies on the Town at Town Brookhaven

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Location: 4330 Peachtree Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Open: June to August

Admission: Free

Every summer, Town Brookhaven hosts a free movie night, complete with live music, raffles and shopping specials to boot. Past features have included the 50s-inspired favorite Grease and Disney hit Frozen, which are shown around 9 p.m. when dusk arrives each night. Take advantage of special offers from the local eateries—dinner on the green comes with 10 percent off all to-go orders from THERE Brookhaven, or get $1 off of each ice cream with unlimited mix-ins at Marble Slab Creamery. Check the website for updates on 2019 features, which will be announced in May. 

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Candler Park Movie Night Movie Night

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Location: 1500 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307

Open: April 20, May 18, August 17, September 7

Admission: Free

Stop by about an hour before sundown to enjoy the local food and drink vendors, like Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and SweetWater Brewery, at Candler Park’s popular Movie Night series in the park. The large screen set up at the front of the park showcases family-friendly Hollywood favorites. The 2019 lineup includes The Incredibles 2 (April 20), Mary Poppins Returns (May 18), Ralph Breaks the Internet (August 17) and Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse (September 7)

Consider bringing a cooler with your own food and drinks to enjoy while the movie plays—or food for your leashed, four-legged friends!

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Flicks on the Bricks in Duluth

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Location: Knott St NW, Duluth, GA 30096

Open: The first Friday of the month, June - August

Admission: Free

As part of the city's Food Truck Fridays, Flicks on the Bricks starts the fun at 6 p.m. with family activities and your favorite local food trucks, like Yumbii, Crepe Suzette Food Truck and Tasting Maine. Movies start around sundown (9 p.m.), and the 2019 lineup includes Wonder (June 7), Aquaman (July 5) and the Incredibles 2 (August 2). 

Finish your night with sweet treats from dessert food trucks, like Chay J's New Orleans Candies, Great Atlanta Custard Company and King of Pops.

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Dodd After Dark at Georgia Tech

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Location: 150 Bobby Dodd Way, Atlanta, GA 30332

Open: Mid May

Admission: Free

Calling all Yellow Jackets! Bobby Dodd Stadium hosts Atlantans for a movie night—bring a blanket to relax on the field and sidelines or sit in the club section of the stands. Although you cannot bring your own food, you’ll be able to purchase classic movie concessions, such as popcorn, candy and Coca-Cola products. You are allowed to bring you own water bottles, as long as they’re unopened. Parking is free for moviegoers in designated parking decks. Gates to the field open at 7 p.m. and recent flicks—past viewings have featured Big Hero 6 and Furious 7—will begin playing at 8 p.m.

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Dive-In Movies at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

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Location: 3300 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Open: From late-May to early-September

Admission: Free for both hotel guests and members of the public.

Spend your summer nights at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead’s chic pool at 8:30 p.m. every Saturday night throughout the summer. Surrounded by a Japanese Zen Garden, you’ll get to watch recent, family-friendly motion pictures. From animated favorites like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Paddington, to recent additions to Hollywood classics, you’ll get to relax in the heated pool or on the deck while watching movies under the stars. Popcorn, candy, drinks and a full-service poolside menu will be available for moviegoers throughout the night.

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Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia

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Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia

Location: 3333 Buford Dr. NE, Buford, GA 30519

Open: Mid-May to late-August

Admission: Free

Make the most of summer at Mall of Georgia, where shoppers can take a break from stocking up on summer sales and enjoy a free concert and movie in the mall’s Village Amphitheatre. The pre-movie festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., and live music, bounce houses and picnic-friendly dining options will keep you fully entertained before seasonal box office hits, such as Big Eyes and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, begin playing at dusk around 9 p.m.

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Georgia Movies in the Park

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Open: May-December

Admission: Free

The Georgia Movies in the Park™ series features over a dozen free family outdoor movie events throughout north Georgia, including Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Dawsonville, Lake Lanier and Woodstock. The Greatest Showman, Ferdinand and Star Wars: The Last Jedi are all part of the 2019 lineup, and films begin sundown rather than dark (about 30-40 minutes before 9 p.m.). All locations, like Historic Downtown Canton and the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park, will offer concessions for moviegoers to buy. If you choose to see one of the movies at Lake Lanier, consider bringing a tent and camping overnight at the park.

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