Eight Outdoor Summer Movies Series to Attend in Cincinnati This Summer

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to catch a movie under the stars.

May 20, 2022 at 10:06 am
click to enlarge Summer Cinema at Washington Park - Photo: facebook.com/washingtonparkotr
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Summer Cinema at Washington Park

While Cincinnati has two great drive-in theaters nearby for some outdoor cinema — Starlite Drive-In and Holiday Auto Theatre — plenty of parks in Greater Cincinnati are also offering screenings of family-friendly (and not-so-family-friendly) movies throughout the summer. Get full details about upcoming films and dates, what you can and can't bring and what happens in case of rain on each site.

NightLight 513
This is a new 21+ movie pop-up and party coming to Sawyer Point this summer. The season kicks off with a screening of The Breakfast Club on June 16 and will feature a pre-show DJ, local food trucks and craft beer. Films begin at dusk, but general admission is 7:30 p.m. Events are ticketed. nightlight513.com.

Summer Cinema at Washington Park
Free films will be screened every Wednesday at the park's bandstand beginning at 9 p.m. Parent Trap kicks off the season on June 8. Food trucks will be parked onsite and concessions — aka the bar — will be open. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to claim your spot. washingtonpark.org.

Summit Cinema at Summit Park
The public voted for which movies they want to see, starting with Sing 2 on June 15. Additional screenings of films including Space Jam and Honey I Shrunk the Kids take place through August. Films start at dusk on the Great Lawn and admission is free. summitparkblueash.com.

Sizzling Summer Entertainment Series at Colerain Park
Colerain Park features free entertainment on Fridays this summer, from music to movies. Films screen at dusk at the amphitheater with pre-show activities starting at 8:30 p.m. Sing 2 will be the first movie of the season on June 3, followed by Encanto on June 17.  Admission is free. colerain.org.

Float-In Movie Nights at Great Parks
Swap your car for a rowboat to enjoy a movie at various Great Parks of Hamilton County lakes this summer. There are three screenings left — Jungle Cruise (June 3), Hairspray (July 8) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Aug. 19). Films begin at dusk. Register online in advance; boat rental is $40. greatparks.org.

Movies in the Park at Fairfield
Family-friendly films are screening at both Village Green Park and Harbin Park. Encanto kicks things off on June 2. Movies start at 7 p.m., but food trucks and the Fairfield Fire Department will be on hand for pre-show fun at 6 p.m. fairfield-city.org.

Summer Movie Nights at Liberty Center
While Liberty Center is a shopping mall and not a park, the community gathering space is hosting a series of free outdoor movies this summer. Movies screen Tuesday nights at dusk, and there is pre-show entertainment TBD. The season starts with Encanto on June 7 with additional films including Dune and Jungle Cruise throughout July. liberty-center.com.

Movie Night on the Levee
Another movie series in a shopping complex. These film screenings take place at the Levee's Gallery the last Thursday of the month. Catch Space Jam: A New Legacy on June 30. Movies start at 6 p.m. facebook.com.

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