Rhode Islanders cling to the warmer months with such tenacity that even the movies are brought outside. The silver screen meets summer sunsets across the Ocean State, from retro drive-ins to BYO-Blanket venues on the lawn. So set your toes in the cool grass, smell the salt air, and watch new and classic family films under the stars. Follow the links for schedules and additional information. Many of these film series also keep up-to-date facebook pages and event listings, so keep in the loop for specific times, updates, and inclement weather changes.
A few open-air movie tips:
- Arrive early for “front row seats” and build in time to grab concessions and food truck treats where available, or pack an evening snack-picnic.
- Bring blankets and chairs to lawn screenings to keep dry from damp ground.
- Pack layers to stay cozy as the sun goes down and the movies go up.
- Keep bugs at bay with insect repellent.
Summer Movie Nights at Brown University, presented with Kidoinfo
Brown joins Kidoinfo to welcome the community to college for free flicks, popcorn, and treats on the lawn of the Granoff Center for the Arts at 154 Angell St. (Free!)
When: Wednesdays, July 27 at 8:00 (Inside Out) and August 17 at 7:30 PM (The Muppet Movie, 1978)
Movies on the Block, Grant’s Block, Providence
Downcity beckons film buffs to Grant’s Block on Westminster St. all summer long. Some of the screenings are more suitable for a date night without the kids but family-friendly fare includes Snow White and Superman. (Free!)
When: Thursdays June through September at dusk
Movies on the Rocks, Ballard Park, Newport
If experiencing movie magic cast on a quarry meadow isn’t on your bucket list, you must not know about Movies on the Rocks. Seating on the grass. (Free!)
When: Wednesdays at dusk, August 3 (Hotel Transylvania), August 10 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), August 17 (Dirty Dancing), August 23 (The Karate Kid).
Rocky Point Movies in the Park, Rocky Point Park, Warwick
The beloved amusement park of yesteryear may be gone, but the fun lives on in family films on the grass overlooking Narragansett Bay. Food truck fare available! (Free!)
When: Friday, June 17 (Happy Feet), Thursday, July 14 (Minions), Thursday, July 28 (TBA). Gates open at 5:30.
Movies in the Park, Crescent Park, Riverside
When the carousel calliope quiets and the horses go to rest, the movies take over Crescent Park! (Free!)
When: Sunday June 24 and Fridays July 15, August 19, September 2 at dusk (family film titles TBA).
Movies on the Beach, Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett
To be captured by a movie while ocean waves crash behind you, head to the North Beach Clubhouse Deck. Food trucks in the North Lot from 6-9PM. (Free!)
When: Wednesdays at dusk, July 13 (Kung Fu Panda), July 20 (E.T.), July 27 (Mission Impossible III), August 3 (Jaws).
Outdoor Movies at Roger Williams Park, Providence
2016 marks the first season of movies at Roger Williams Park! Films will be shown on the lawn adjacent to the Dalrymple Boathouse, across from Carousel Village. $1 popcorn available and showtimes follow Food Truck Friday from 5-8PM. (Free!)
When: Fridays at dusk, June 24 (Moonrise Kingdom), July 29 (TBA) , August 26 (TBA)
Rustic Tri-Vue Drive-In, North Smithfield For an authentic 1950’s experience while catching current double-feature flicks to FM audio “streaming”, head to the drive-in, daddy-o! ($27 per carload)
When: April through October, nightly showings on 3 screens
Misquamicut Drive-In, Wuskenau Town Beach, Westerly
As if movies on the beach weren’t enough to celebrate, 80’s kids rejoice with classic crowd-pleasers like The Goonies, Back to the Future, and The Breakfast Club. Concessions and restrooms available. ($10 per car)
When: Fridays and mid-summer Thursdays, May-August at 9PM, September-October at 8PM. Gates open 1 hour before showtime.