5 places to catch films under the stars

Outdoor movies beat Netflix binges any day
Photograph by Rob Giersch

Revisit cinematic classics and enjoy family favorites with these summer films. It’s not quite the same as going to a drive-in, but it beats sitting on the couch, glued to Netflix.

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival
Technically, you’ll see these flicks under the twinkling stars on the historic Fox Theatre ceiling. Experience old-school movie-going at its best: Each ticket includes a pre-show sing-along with Mighty Mo, the grand organ, and a vintage cartoon. Gone with the Wind, celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary, will be shown on July 27. foxtheatre.org

Candler Park Movie Night
After a break in July, this program returns with The Lego Movie on August 2 and continues each Saturday night until August 23. Festivities begin an hour before dusk; nightfall signals that it’s time to snuggle up on the lawn with a blanket—and your pup, cleaned up after and leashed—to watch the movie. friendsofcandlerpark.org

Movies & Music at Emory Point
In addition to a screening at sunset, this series, running every other Thursday until August 21, includes a pre-show agenda with music and activities beginning at 6 p.m. Picnic dinners are encouraged, so check out the deals on Emory Point’s Facebook page before seeing Rio 2 on July 10. emory-point.com/special-events

Duluth Flicks on the Bricks
Fridays-N-Duluth, a weekly event through October, includes family-friendly activities beginning at 6 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green, with movies every other week. Flicks on the Bricks returns July 18 after a break for Independence Day. Get there early to stock up on food truck munchies before the movie begins at dusk. duluthga.net

Movies in Central Park
Atlantic Station’s Central Park becomes an outdoor theater each Thursday through the first week of August. The next flick on deck is Jurassic Park on July 10. atlanticstation.com