Catch These Free Outdoor Movie Festivals
Charlotte East on the Green: Free movie and popcorn at Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 Idelwild Road North. The eclectic event also includes gospel singing and wrestling (!). 5-9 p.m. on May 29. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Recreation+Centers/Albemarle.htm
Free Movies at Regal Cinemas: Selected G and PG movies start at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday June 16-Aug. 13 at the following theaters: Stonecrest Stadium 22 & IMAX, Starlight Stadium 14, and Arboretum Stadium. Seating is first-come, first-served. www.regmovies.com (click on “Now Showing” and then “Free Family Film Festival”).
Matthews Summer Concert & Movie Series: Every Sunday through July 25, Stumptown Park (120 S. Trade St. in Matthews) hosts entertainment including live music beginning at 7 p.m.; the movie starts around 8:30 p.m. Vendors will sell food on site. No pets allowed. www.matthews fun.com
Movies at McDowell: The McDowell Nature Center (15222 York Road) will screen a movie at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in June. All films are nature-themed and rated G or PG – with the exception of June 24’s adults-only screening. Child care will be provided for that showing for $3 per child. Register by calling 704-588-5224.
Movies at the Park: Movies begin at sunset on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14 at Freedom Park, 1409 East Blvd. Free popcorn and door prizes. www.watershed charlotte.com (click on “Movies in the Park” near the top right-hand corner of the home page).
Movies in the Park at Ballantyne: Enjoy movies with free popcorn and bottled water (plus face-painting for the kids) starting at dusk on June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21 at Ballantyne Corporate Park, 13860 Ballantyne Corporate Place. http://crosspoint521.org
Movies Under the Stars: Ray’s Splash Planet will offer games and movies on the lawn at 7 p.m. July 3 and Sept. 5. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Aquatics (click on “Ray’s Splash Planet” and then “Special Events”).
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series: Pineville Lake Park (1000 Johnston Drive in Pineville) will host concerts and movies every other Friday, starting May 29 and running through September. The fun begins at dusk. www.pinevillenc .net/calendar.html
And finally (not free, but close enough):
AMC Movie Camp: All Charlotte AMC locations will show kids’ movies at 10 a.m. every Wednesday – June 17-Aug. 5 – for only $1 per person. www.amc theatres.com/smc/movies.html
By Michelle Lloyd