Streaming. Downloading. Netflix and chilling. With screen time always at our fingertips, technology has manipulated the movie experience into small-screen form. But there’s no comparison between cramming around an iPhone and spreading out in a local park to watch your favorite flick this summer.
While we’ll surely miss the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival (which was canceled for the first time in 20 years), there are plenty of ways to get out of the house. Whether it’s a drive-in date night or an outdoor film festival these outdoor movie nights will be popping up all throughout Baltimore, all summer long.
Mt. Vernon Movies: As the sun sets over its East Square, Mount Vernon Place will host a monthly movie from June to August. In your own corner of Baltimore, this park is a perfect place to set up a picnic blanket or pull out the lawn chairs. Plus, popcorn is free. This summer, stay tuned for Baltimore-based STEP, action-packed Wonder Woman, or Coco. 699 Washington Place, Free, Times Vary, 410-962-5070
Federal Hill Flicks: The American Visionary Art Museum features outdoor movies every Thursday night during July and August. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater takes it to the next level, with a 30-foot screen that you just can’t miss. Come early for free admission to the museum before the main feature at 9 p.m. Follow the theme of mystery madness with Clue, Sherlock Holmes, Hidden Figures, or more. 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Free, 9 p.m., 410-244-1900
Metro Centre Movies: At the crossroads of urban and suburban, Metro Centre at Owings Mills has a prime plaza for playing summer favorites. Every month, head to the mixed-used development to catch critically acclaimed options like Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman, or Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. 10309 Grand Central Ave., Owings Mills, Free, 8:30 p.m., 410-581-2520
Luigi’s Features: At this Hampden Italian deli you’ll be laughing louder than ever. Luigi’s summer movie series features a slew of classic comedies. With an Italian sammy in hand, bring your beverage of choice and take in feature films like Can’t Hardly Wait on June 16. Keep coming for other high school-themed fan favorites including Dazed and Confused, Superbad, and Clueless. 846 W 36th St., Baltimore, Free, 8:30 p.m., 443-438-4195
The Wine Bin Screenings: No whining on Saturday nights, when you can be boozing in front of the big screen at The Wine Bin. Every week, The Wine Bin’s outdoor movie series opens up parking 90 minutes before the show for drive-in style viewing. After that, there’s still time to pop up folding chairs and get set for the main event. This summer there will be new films like The Post, and timeless classics Love Actually and The Princess Bride. 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Free, 9 p.m., 410-465-7802
Center Plaza Pics: Pics in the Park is back this summer out on the lawn in Center Plaza. With enough lawn space to seat hundreds, the park is an ideal setting for your friends, family or a whole party. Added bonus: you can bring your dogs (or cats), as the park is pet-friendly. This year’s lineup includes the esteemed Ocean’s Eleven and Get Out. If you feel like you’ve seen too many movies at this point, one night will host a marathon of The Office with all the Christmas episodes. ’Tis the season (in July)! 110 W. Fayette St., Free, Times Vary, 410-244-1030
Bel Air Airings: You’re in luck, because Shamrock Park could be your new summer spot. In downtown Bel Air, the summer movie series is more than just a quick screening—it is a whole night filled with fun activities. Movies start at sunset, but food trucks and entertainment start at 7:15 p.m. Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission features local talent varying from night to night, along with free popcorn and face-painting. Perfect for kids, this summer you can catch Beauty and the Beast, Despicable Me 3, or Cars 3. 39 N Hickory Ave, Bel Air, Free, 7:15 p.m., 443-823-1797
Lakefront Summer Shows: What better backdrop for an outdoor movie series than Columbia’s beautiful Lake Kittamaqundi. Every Monday and Friday until August 31, when it becomes every Friday and Saturday, family-friendly movies start at dusk. The lineup doesn’t disappoint, with tops picks like The Lion King and Wreck-It Ralph. 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Free, 8:30 p.m., 410-715-3000
Merriweather Movie Nights: Usually you might catch your favorite band when they come to Merriweather Post Pavilion. But you could enjoy the gorgeous amphitheatre and lawn throughout the summer with their movie nights in Columbia. After kicking off the series in May with a double feature, the next showing is This Is Spinal Tap on June 21, for $5 to reserve a lawn spot and $10 for a pavillion seat. Concessions and parking will also be available. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, $5-10, 5 p.m., 410-715-5550
Fells Point Films: As the sun sets over downtown Baltimore, an HD screen lies at the end of Broadway Pier in Fells Point, which has shown weekly summer movies since 2009. Every Wednesday, bring a folding chair and cooler to the waterfront show. After sending coy clues as to what films will be featured this summer, critically-acclaimed showings like Black Panther and Get Out have just been announced. The series will continue all through July and August. 1600 Thames St, Free, Times TBA, (410) 563-9011
Rooftop Reels: The brand new pool on the rooftop of Merritt Clubs Canton will be hosting special Friday-night flicks on June 29 and July 13. Head up to the luxe deck to lay out on a lounge chair and catch a flick under the stars. Movies start at 8 p.m., and cost $10 for non-members. 3401 Boston St., 8 p.m. $10. 410-563-0225