You have to be of a “certain age” to remember drive-in theaters, which were especially cool if you had a convertible and could star-gaze while watching a flick on the big screen. Of course, kids liked sitting outside, even if it meant the sound from the small speaker hooked to the car window was sorta garbled. Summer movies under the stars in Baltimore are even better than drive-ins–and they’re free! Here are our favorites.
Films On The Pier — This free yearly film series is presented at the end of the Thames Street Pier in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Fells Point. Each film begins at dusk on Wednesday evenings starting in July and running through the end of August.
Flicks From the Hill — On Thursdays at 9 p.m. during July and August the place to be is the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater on Federal Hill at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). Movies are free, as is access to the museum 5 p.m to 9 p.m. Rainy night? No worries. The fun moves inside, to the museum’s third floor. Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM’s current exhibition. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater features seating for more than 1,000 on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill; a 30-foot wide screen held from above by Adam Kurtzman’s Giant Golden Hand; a twinkling view of the city; and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is FREE!
Pics in the Park — This free outdoor movie series takes place on the lawn in Center Plaza, with seating for hundreds. Bring your own picnic basket, blanket or lawn chairs. Movies begin at sundown, which means show times vary. Center Plaza is located off the Purple Circulator route at N. Charles & Fayette Street. Parking is available in the garage under the plaza, or along Liberty street. The plaza is bike, stroller, and pet friendly, and has free WiFi. 2017 Movie Schedule: May 27 – Disney’s 2016 animated Moana (PG); June 24 – 2016 release Ghostbusters (PG-13); July 29 – Christmas in July with Will Ferrel in Elf (PG); August 26 – The Oscar Nominated film La La Land (PG-13); September 30 – Tim Burton’s classic Beetlejuice (PG-13)
Little Italy Open Air Film Fest — One of Little Italy’s most popular events, the film fest has been sponsored by Original Little Italy Restaurant Association since 1999. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a “centennial” home across the street. Movie-goers arrive early to set up chairs, listen to live Italian music, and get carryout from one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants.
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