The Big Screen
Our definitive guide to all the best summer movie screenings
by Holly Cowart
Looking for a way to enjoy summer minus the sunburn? No matter what part of town you call home, catch a flick at one of the many community screenings taking place over the next few months. From family-friendly options to cult classics, pull up a chair and kick back indoors, outdoors or poolside with your fellow Austinites.
Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, Through July 26
Up Next: The Fifth Element
The Contemporary Austin is hosting sci-fi movie nights at their gorgeous Laguna Gloria Amphitheater during the month of July. Walk the grounds and enjoy the artwork, including Tom Friedman‘s unearthly “Looking Up” sculpture, before settling in for the after-hours showings of the best extraterrestrial-themed fictions.
Paramount Theatre, Through August 31
Up Next: Young Frankenstein & Shaun of the Dead
Some things never go out of style. For 44 years, Paramount Theatre has been showcasing the films that made us all fanatics with their Summer Classic Film Series. Transitioning through an assortment of themes and genres – accumulating in over 100 movie screenings – there’s no doubt something suited for all tastes.
Alamo Drafthouse, Through August 1
Up Next: Kung Fu Panda, The Never Ending Story & Wallace and Gromit
This donation-based series is the ultimate destination for inexpensive, kid-friendly fun. Taking place at Alamo Drafthouse locations throughout Austin, 100% of the proceeds go towards local nonprofits, including ATX Kids Club, Kids in a New Groove and Special Olympics Texas.
The LINE Hotel, Through August 6
Up Next: The Getaway
In partnership with Austin Film Society, Austin’s new LINE Hotel is inviting everyone out to their free splashy film series. Before the show, DJ Billie Buck and Nick Fong will be spinning beats as guests kick back on the gorgeous pool deck overlooking Congress Avenue and Lady Bird Lake.
Republic Square Park, Through August 8
Up Next: John Wick
101X is returning to downtown’s Republic Square for Summer Cinema, taking place every other Thursday! With this season’s action-packed lineup, make sure to get there early with blankets and lawn chairs in hand for the best movie views.
Long Center, Through August 14
Up Next: Guardians of the Galaxy
Can’t decide between a chill movie night or fun concert? Get the best of both worlds at the Long Center’s annual Sound & Cinema. Hosted for free on the terrace and lawn, local musicians will treat the audience to live show before fan favorites are projected onto a massive, inflatable screen. A variety of delicious food trucks will also be available!
Volente Beach Resort, Through August 17
This shark extravaganza is a truly one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Held at Volente Beach Resort, visitors are welcome to enjoy the waterpark’s many pools before catching a showing of “Jaws” while floating on the water as the sun sets. To add to the thrill, a team of scuba divers will be lurking below, with a firework show to cap off the night.
Bryant Park, June 21 – September 6
Up Next: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
East Austin’s Bryant Park is also getting in on the action with a series of its own. Showcasing a diverse range of features, make sure to RSVP and snag your spot while there’s still space.
Lone Star Court, Through September 20
Up Next: Grease
Venture out to the Domain’s Lone Star Court once a month for a Hollywood classic in the cozy outdoor pavilion. Free and open to all, guests are invited to linger with extended happy hour deals and live music starting at 10pm.
Various Locations, Through October 17
Up Next: Space Jam
Every year Austin Parks Foundation hosts free watch parties in different neighborhood parks around town. Communities are welcome to bring out friends and friendly pups for a film under the stars. While picnics are allowed, there are also food trucks onsite for a full evening of fun.