2019 Guide to Outdoor Movies in Indianapolis

Summer’s here, school’s out — and it’s time for family fun under the stars!

Skip the early bedtime a few nights this summer in favor of watching one of these movies in Indianapolis.

2019 Guide to Outdoor Movies in Indianapolis

Newfields Summer Film Series

This year, the series runs Friday and most Saturday evenings from June 7 through August 31, with a special Feature Film Series that will run for eight consecutive nights from July 13 through July 20. The line-up features more showings than ever before. Moviegoers are welcome to pack a picnic (without alcoholic beverages) of their own, but there will also be crowd-favorite snacks available for purchase. Oca by Smoking Goose is new to Summer Nights this year and will be serving hot dogs, gourmet sausages, chips, and popcorn. Beverage options include selections from Sun King Brewing Co. and seasonal wine offerings available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m., when guests can enjoy a picnic dinner, music, and preshow activities, followed by that night’s movie, which will begin when twilight turns to night (usually 9:30pm).

June 7: Say Anything
June 14: Sabrina
June 15: Hairspray
June 21: The Producers
June 28: Suspicion
June 29: Independence Day
July 5: Ghost
July 13: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
July 14: Harry Potter and the Chamber Secrets
July 15: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
July 16: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
July 17: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
July 18: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July 19: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
July 20: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
July 25 – 28: Indy Shorts International Film Festival: Summer Nights will feature a selection of Academy Award®-nominated and winning short films from the Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film. Visit www.heartlandfilm.org/indyshorts for more information.
August 2: To Have and Have Not
August 9: Bring it On
August 16: Moana
August 17: The Thomas Crown Affair (Members only)
August 13: 13 Assassins
August 30: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory


Garfield Park: Movies in the Park

Mark your calendars to spend the following Friday nights with Garfield Park! Movies begin at dusk, around 9pm.

June 24: Mary Poppins Returns
June 7: Instant Family
July 12: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
July 26: Captain Marvel

Garfield Park: Vintage Movie Nights ($5)

Garfield Park’s Vintage Movie Nights return! Catch vintage movies every month from June – December beginning at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Admission is $5.

June 1: China Seas (1935)
July 6: Tom Thumb (1958)
August 3: Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
September 7: The Front Page (1931)
October 12: Frankenstein Meet the Wolf Man (1943)
November 16: The Battle of Russia (1943) 7:00pm
December 14: Curse of the Cat People (1944) 7:00pm

Sunset Cinema on the Canal

Indy Film Fest and Downtown Indy, Inc. have partnered for Sunset Cinema on the Canal. Everyone is invited to watch FREE outdoor movies along the Canal. A large movie screen will be located on the north end of the Canal near the Admiral Spruance Basin (11th Street). Read more here about the in-water experience for those 21+.

Movie-goers are invited to bring blankets/chairs and picnics to enjoy the movies on the grassy areas. In addition, food and soft drinks will be available to purchase near Canal 337 by Thomas Caterers from 7:30 – 9pm. Movies will begin at dusk (around 9pm).

May 16: Grease 
June 20: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
July 18: Splash
August 22: Days of Thunder

Fishers Movies in the Park

Bring a blanket and pack a picnic for these free family-favorite movies under the stars at the Nickel Plate District AMP (6 Municipal Dr., Fishers).

May 10: Mary Poppins Returns
May 24: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Or hit the drive-ins!

Indiana is currently one of America’s Top 10 Drive-in states. Pack your blankets and snacks for one of Indiana’s 19 drive-in theaters! Find a location near you here.


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