Enjoy movies under the stars with friends and family around Columbus throughout the summer and fall. While some communities have cancelled their outdoor movies for 2020, there are still some happening this year! There are also plenty of drive-in style movies that give you the outdoor movie experience in or near the safety of your car. Please check individual website links provided for details, weather cancellations, or event changes.
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Upcoming Outdoor Movies
A drive-in move or online streaming experience
Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire—Daddy Long Legs is the vivid account of a young orphan named Jerusha Abbott and a mysterious benefactor who gives her an opportunity to attend college, requiring that she write to him monthly, even though he will not respond. Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her former life in the orphanage and the development of her mind and spirit.
Daddy Long Legs features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird (both nominated for Tony Awards in 2001 for their work on “Jane Eyre”) and is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster.
DADDY LONG LEGS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com
Featuring: Eryn Emery as Jerusha Abbott and Michael Ruehrmund as Jervis Pendleton. Filmed on location at Asterisk Supper Club and edited by Jerri Shafer
When: October 16-18, 2020
Drive-in Experience: October 16-18, @ 8PM at 400 West Rich St.
On Demand Online Streaming: Start anytime 10/16-10/18, 48hrs to watch. *Enter the code “Daddy2020” for presale streaming tickets.*
Ticket Prices: $20 per vehicle OR $10 per streaming device
Box Office: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/Daddy
Bring your sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and join us for a spook-tacular good time this October! Saturday nights are dedicated to Halloween-holiday favorites, and we’ll have popcorn, candy and soda for purchase.
October 10th – The Goonies
October 17th – Hocus Pocus
October 24th – Goosebumps
A limited number of blocks are available for purchase each Saturday in order to maintain social distancing safety measures. To reserve your block, click here. Reservations are $10 per family.
Join us at Craftsman Kitchen for a socially-distanced family dinner before doors open and receive 10% off your meal! Reserve your dinner reservations online now. Doors open at 7:30 pm, movie starts at dark.
Load your car with blankets and snacks, and enjoy a throwback drive-in movie experience this fall in Hilliard. (3800 Veterans Memorial Dr., Hilliard). Grab a snack at Lil Pearl Waffle Truck, opening at 7 p.m. Park in the lot in front of the Community Center.
Sept. 18: Playing with Fire
Oct. 23: The Goonies (rated PG, contains adult language and violence)
Registration is required! Search “movie” here: https://webtrac.hilliardohio.gov/web/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html
Enjoy drive-in movies and concerts in the cooler autumn weather with the Gahanna FALL Drive-In Series! Presented by Gahanna Parks & Recreation, the series offers drive-in movies and concerts at Sunpoint Park (670 McCutcheon Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230). Movies begin at 8 pm on select Fridays; concerts begin at 5 pm on select Saturdays. Advance registration is required.
- Friday, September 25 at Sunpoint Park – Screening of “Back to the Future” (1985) at 8 pm
- Saturday, October 10 at Sunpoint Park – Concert by Jamie Said So at 5 pm
- Friday, October 16 at Sunpoint Park – Screening of “The Sandlot” (1993) at 8 pm
- Saturday, October 24 at Sunpoint Park – Concert by The Andy Shaw Band at 5 pm
Sat, October 10, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
The Hidden Drive-In presents Magic Night! Step into the wizardly world of our Hidden Alley in Downtown Columbus. All ticket holders will be invited to vote up some of the greatest magic movies of all time. We’ll screen the most popular choice.
Parking: Limited and exclusive! Buy a ticket, get an email with arrival details for the hidden location. Parking spots start at $60.
Optional Dinner: If you’ve purchased an optional dinner ticket, we’ll deliver some of the best BBQ right to your car window. Butter Beer available at Dempsey’s.
Things will get spooky fun every Friday night in October in the Ohio History Center Parking Lot. See a different spooktacular movie, plus drive-thru scenes in the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve with the Sleepy Hollow Drive-In.
Showings will be at 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. each Friday night in October. As you exit the event, you’ll listen to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow story on your radio as you drive through some of your favorite All Hallows’ Eve scenes. Encounter the widow and her mourners, the gravediggers, the funeral parlor owners looking for mourners to hire, the dancer of mystery and you may even see the Headless Horseman himself!
Tickets are $25/car for Ohio History Connection Members, Free for Premium members, or $40/car for general admission.
The Skyview Drive in is worth the drive! $8 for 12 and over, $4 for ages 4-11. Check the schedule for upcoming movies.
The South Drive-in Theater is located on the South Side of Columbus, showing movies on Friday – Sunday in Spring and more frequently during the summer. Admission is $2-$9.50; 4 and under free. See schedule here.
Other series held in 2020
Head to Goodale Park on the 3rd Friday in August and September for the Screen on the Green Outdoor Movie series. Movie will start at dusk. Food vendors and refreshments will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Check here for the schedule.
Friday, July 17: Cancelled
Friday, August 21: Jaws
September 18: Edward Scissorhands
Bring your blankets, grab your friends and family, and head outside to watch 1996’s cult classic, Mars Attacks! 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Gladden Community House. A limited movie night menu including drinks and snacks will be available for purchase during the movie. Just walk right on over to the new order/pickup window. Normal dinner menu will not be available.
Limited general admission seating available. Seating is first come first serve. $5 ticket per person. A mask must be worn when you leave your designated area. Buy your tickets while they are still available! VIP patio seating available! Limited to 4 groups. Ticket price includes seating for 2. Ticket also includes 2 movie night exclusive cocktails and a shareable snack.
Sunday, September 20: Mars Attacks! at The Crest Gastropub, 2855 Indianola Avenue Columbus, OH 43202.
Drive-in Movie Night at Winchester Trail Elementary in Canal Winchester
Hosted by the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District and sponsored by local organizations. Movies will start at approximately 8:30 pm at Winchester Trail Elementary
August 7: Mary Poppins Returns sponsored by Hope United Methodist Church. Fantasy Cupcake will be on site selling concessions.
August 21: Babe – A little pig goes a long way! sponsored by The Fairfield County Farm Bureau. Fantasy Cupcake will be on site selling concessions.
September 4: Scoob sponsored by C3 Church of Canal Winchester. Fantasy Cupcake will be on site selling concessions.
Free Friday Flicks in the Park at Hilliard Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
Pack the car with your family and snacks and enjoy a drive-in movie experience in July and August. Park in front of the Community/Senior Center. The movie will begin at 9:15 p.m. Come early to visit the Tropical Chill Food Truck beginning at 8:30 p.m. Visit hilliardohio.gov/summer-in-the-city for more information, or register here.
July 17: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
August 14: The Parent Trap
New Albany Parks & Recreation are celebrating summer with the 2020 Summer Movie Drive-in Series through August 14. The movies will be held at Bevelhymer Park and will be drive-in style. Movies start at dusk, around 9 pm. Registration is required!
Upper Arlington Movies in the Park has only announced one movie for the summer movie series so far – the Drive-In movie at Mountview Christian Church in Upper Arlington in June. See the details here.
Friday Night Flicks feature free movie under the stars at Sycamore Park Amphitheater in Pickerington at dusk on select Fridays through July 31. Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy a movie on the white barn with family and friends. See schedule here. Note: all events for May and June were cancelled. July events will depend on if the amphitheater is permitted to reopen.
Grove City has re-imagined their movie nights for 2020, and are hosting a Community Drive-in Movie Series this summer on Sundays at The Naz through July 26 (no movie on July 5). Movies are shown on a large screen in The Naz parking lot, 4770 Hoover Road, at 6:30 p.m. You must pre-register to reserve a parking spot! You can also order refreshments at The Naz Cafe or bring snacks and beverages. Click here for movie schedule or scroll down for all movies day by day.
This drive-in replaces Fryer Flicks on the Hill for 2020.
Movie Nights in Huber Park Reynoldsburg feature free movies begin at dusk. Movies and details tba.
- Saturday July 11
- Saturday July 25
Summer Fun Drive-In Movie Series (for Dublin residents and Dublin school residents only)
City of Dublin is hosting a Summer Fun Drive-In Movie Series at Coffman Park from Friday, June 21 – Saturday, August 15.
Movies are free; donations of a non-perishable food item and/or a cash contribution to the Dublin Food Pantry are accepted. Dublin Food Pantry volunteers will be on-site to accept donations. There will be portable restrooms on site but no food or beverages will be sold.
Reservations are limited, and only open to Dublin residents and Dublin school district residents. Registration for each event will open the Monday prior to the weekend.
- The Goonies | Friday, June 12 | 9:15 p.m.
- The Goonies | Saturday, June 13 | 9:15 p.m.
- Onward | Saturday, June 27 | 9:15 p.m.
- The Princess Bride | Saturday, July 11 | 9:15 p.m.
- Scoob! | Saturday, July 25 | 9:15 p.m.
- The Call of the Wild | Saturday, August 8 | 9 p.m.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Saturday, August 15 | 8:45 p.m
This year the Gahanna Summer Series features a movie or concert each week in a drive-in format at Headly Park (1031 Challis Springs Dr.). Tickets are $5-$10 per vehicle, and must be purchased in advance. The drive in series is presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union & Tina Wedebrook, REMAX Realtor. Gates open 1 hour before start time. Food and drink available for purchase at concession stands and food trucks. You can also bring your own food; alcohol is not permitted. Restrooms will be OPEN, and will be cleaned regularly throughout the event.
The Headley Park playground will be CLOSED during these events.
Friday, July 24 at 7pm – Concert by Pretty Filth (80’s cover band)
Friday, July 31 at 7pm – Concert by “The Goldsberry’s”
Friday, August 7 at 9pm – Movie Screening of “Onward” (2020)
Friday, August 14 at 7pm – Concert by “Stuck in the ’70’s performed by FLIPPO (70’s tribute)
Friday, August 21 at 9pm – Movie Screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017)
Friday, August 28 at 7pm – Concert by “Pop Gun” (Classic Rock/Pop Tribute)
Movies Under the Stars at Green Lawn Abbey. Tickets are $5 at the door. Movie at dark. Food trucks on on site, so arrive early to get food for a picnic. Movie is in the side yard, plenty of free parking. Rain date is the next night (Saturday). Bring your chairs and blankets. All money raised goes to the restoration of Green Lawn Abbey. See schedule here.
June 12: Notorious
July 10: Laura, one of the most celebrated 1940s film noirs, directed by Otto Preminger.
August 14: House on Haunted Hill
Go old school with a drive-in movie at Easton Drive-In Movies Sunset Series. The drive-in will be open Tuesday – Saturday through July 11. The movie’s audio will be played through radio transmission that can be used from the parking spots in the drive-in vicinity. Tickets must be purchased in advance; $10 per car. Series is over.
The Zoo is turning their parking lot into a drive-in theatre, so you can watch a family movie from your car through July 11. Admission is $25 per car per movie for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn), $30 per car per movie for non-members. See schedule and details here.
Maroon Arts Group & PACT presents the Outdoor Drive-Up Movie Series. Movie nights are held in parking lots in the King-Lincoln/Bronzeville neighborhood. We are showing this film in partnership with Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Besa and Harmony Project.
Friday, September 11: Queen of Katwe at Broad Street Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 760 East Broad Street (rescheduled from 8/28)
Space opens: 7pm, Panel Discussion: 8pm, Movie begins at 8:45p. Food Trucks will be on site. Movie is FREE but you must RSVP on Eventbrite – 1 RSVP PER CAR.
Upcoming Outdoor Movies in Columbus, day-by-day
(Movies will be listed for the next 30 days, and the list will constantly update – bookmark this page!)
Outdoor movies series not yet scheduled (or cancelled) for 2020
The Gateway Picture Show
CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Gateway Picture Show is held on the 2nd Tuesday from June through September at the Gateway Plaza brought to you by Gateway – University District. The theme for 2019 is “Milestone Anniversaries”. Shows start at dusk, but arrive early for a good spot!
This FREE all-ages event (PG-13 recommended) will be held outside in the back of Gateway plaza (by the parking garage and Pearl Alley). Popcorn is provided by GFC, and you can purchase an adult beverage from The District PourHouse. You may also grab to-go food and non-alcoholic drinks from any of the nearby eateries. Off-the-ground chairs or blankets and cushions are recommended, as the plaza is bricked.
TBA or CANCELLED for 2020
Wexner Center Plaza at 15th Avenue and High Street shows outdoor movies once a month through the Summer. Bring blankets, chairs, and your favorite snacks, and enjoy beverages from the cash bar. There will also be refreshments from Jeni’s Ice Cream and other vendors for purchase (free scoop for members), and beer from Seventh Son Brewery for purchase. Click here for movie schedule or scroll down for all movies day by day.
Uptown Movie Series in Westerville
CANCELLED FOR 2020
Head to Uptown Westerville on select Fridays for a free screening of a family-friendly movie on the lawn of City Hall, 21 S. State St. Grab dinner in Uptown Westerville and then head to the courtyard with chairs or blankets to settle in for the show. All movies begin at dusk.
Cinema Under the Stars Drive-in at Polaris Fashion Place
The JCPenney parking lot at Polaris Fashion Places is turning into a drive-in theatre for Cinema Under the Stars Drive-in at Polaris Fashion Place. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite; one per vehicle. NOTE: tickets are SOLD OUT.
Movies will begin promptly at 9 pm. Event parking will begin at 8 pm. You must arrive by 9:15 pm, or you will be turned away. Movie sound will be played through a radio station. No alcohol or smoking. They are collecting non-perishable food items and unused personal care items for the Salvation Army.
Restrooms are available and 6’ distancing will be required in line. Restroom attendants will be onsite to enforce capacity, line distancing and sanitation of facilities at regular intervals as needed..
- Wednesday, June 10th – Lego Batman
- Thursday, June 11th – Paddington
- Friday, June 12th – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Saturday, June 13th – Sonic
The Main Event in Bexley
CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Main Event in Bexley events are typically held once a month on Fridays and the fun begins at 7:00 p.m. on Capital University’s Main Street Lawn (except 7/19), with the movie following the music and kids activities by Piccadilly, the Bexley Public Library, and Bexley Recreation & Parks.
Each month will feature a theme based upon the movie being shown, with activities for kids and families centered on that month’s theme. See schedule here.
Movie Night at Deer Haven Park
CANCELLED FOR 2020
Movie Night at Deer Haven Park. Events start at 7 pm, movie begins at 9:30 pm. 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015. Schedule tba.
Columbus Commons Movie Night
None announced for 2020
Columbus Commons Movie Night will be held after Family Funday and Popcorn Pops. Popcorn Pops concerts require a ticket ($10.60) and begin at 5 p.m., but the park will open to the public after the concert around 8:15 p.m. for the free movie under the stars.
Metro Parks Outdoor Movies
NOT SCHEDULED for 2020
Marysville Movies in the Park
NOT SCHEDULED for 2020
Marysville Movies in the Park. Pack your blankets, chairs, and favorite snack for a movie night under the stars at various parks. Movies start at dusk.
Topiary Park Summer Movie Nights
NOT SCHEDULED for 2020
Pack a picnic and spread out your blankets in Topiary Park at 8 p.m. in the park while you enjoy a variety of outdoor activities until show time. There will be a local food truck on site, plus FREE popcorm. Films will begin at dusk. 480 East Town Street, Columbus
Flicks in the Heights
NOT SCHEDULED for 2020
Flicks in the Heights with Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax for a family friendly outdoor movie. Each movie will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. Free to the Public. Concession stands may be open.
Floating Flicks at Worthington Pools
NOT SCHEDULED for 2020
Floating Flicks at Worthington Pools. Relax on a lounge chair or float on a raft while watching a family favorite on a large outdoor screen. This event is FREE for members. Non-members pay the evening gate fee; pool admission ranges from $5-$15. Most events are Friday nights. Movie details tba.
Nightlife 614 Outdoor Film Series for Adults
TBA for 2020
Nightlife 614 Outdoor Film Series for Adults. These nights are dedicated to hanging out with other young professionals and feature food trucks, breweries, wineries, and movies at Genoa Park near COSI in Downtown Columbus. Tickets are $9 in advance or $15 at the door (sell-outs likely)
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