Columbus Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2020

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Local businesses are getting creative with their outdoor summer movies in 2020! Check out one of these drive-in movie options for your family this summer!

The summer of 2020 is unlike any other! The summer is usually packed full of movie deals and outdoor movies in every neighborhood and suburb. While the summer of 2020 isn’t going to look exactly like that, you don’ have to miss out on a movie under the stars!

Malls and theaters are opening their parking lots for drive in movies! Check out these movie options that are either happening every night or on a limited basis! And don’t forget South Drive-In Theatre which is  a permanent drive-in theater on the south side of Columbus!

1. Cinema Under the Stars at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place this weekend at Polaris Fashion Place in the JCPenney parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. Different movies will be shown each night June 10-13th. Click the link for the line up.

2. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center


Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies are announced on a weekly basis.

3. Parking Lot Cinema at the Marcus Pickerington Cinema


For seven days a week, Marcus Cinema Pickerington will be offering drive-in movies on the north side of their building. You can listen to the audio through your radio. Tickets and concessions are available in advance online. The food will be in a designated pick up area. Cash purchases will not be an option on site.

There will be two movies night, the first one starting at 9:15 PM. Friday June 12 will begin The Goonies and Twister. Movies will change each Friday for the coming week. Cost is $25 per car during the week and $30 per car Friday through Sunday. 

4. Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center

Ohio History Center will be holding a summer series of Stephen Spielberg movies. (Spielberg was born in Ohio!). There will be 3 movies this summer and they will be held in a drive-in style in the parking lot! The movies are free, but you must register in advance.

There are two movie times for each date, 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Snack packs are also available for purchase. Dates will be June 13, July 11 and Aug, 8, 2020.

5. South Drive In Theatre

South Drive In is a permanent drive-in movie theatre. The theater is open weekends only. Online ticketing is available, however cards and cash will be accepted at the gate. Kids 4 and under are free every night and kids ages 5-12 are only $2. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

6. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

7. From Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series at Bridgeway Academy 

You’ll need to register in advance for this outdoor movie in the parking lot of the future home of Bridgeway Academy. You will be able to park in the lot and get out of your car to watch the movie in a socially distanced layout. They are asking for a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. The movie begins shortly after 8:00 PM on Saturday. The first movie of the Series takes place June 27th and will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version). Future movies will be announced soon.

8. Free Friday Flicks in the Park

Register online to watch a movie in your car in the parking lot of the Community Center in Hilliard! There are two dates for this event: July 17 and August 14, 2020.

9. Community Drive In Movie Night at The Naz

Watch a free Drive-In Movie each Sunday night at The Naz Church at 6:30 PM. Register online to attend!

10. Gahanna Summer Drive-In Series


Head to Headley Park for drive-in concerts and movies! Register in advance if you want to attend!

–>> Need more to do this summer? Sign up for a Summer Reading Program or try out one of these 25 Fun Outdoor Activities in Columbus for the Whole Family! <<–

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Family-Friendly and Budget-Friendly Fun at Marcus Theatres

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While we wait for those sunny springtime days, Marcus Theatres has affordable options for indoor family fun during these cold winter months!

A big thanks to Marcus Theatres for sponsoring this post!

Family-Friendly and Budget-Friendly Fun at Marcus Theatres

As we power through the final weeks of winter, it can feel as though spring sunshine may never come. While we wait for those sunny springtime days, Marcus Theatres has affordable options for indoor family fun. The local Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus and Marcus Pickerington Cinema in Pickerington both feature cozy DreamLounger recliners, premium large format screens and family-friendly dining options, Take Five Lounge and Zaffiro’s Express.  

Kids Dream Film Series:

Marcus Theatres is bringing back your favorite family-friendly flicks for just $3 at the Kids Dream Family Film Series presented by American Family Insurance from February 21 to April 5. Hungry? No worries— popcorn and fountain drinks are $2.75 each.

You can save even more by visiting an American Family Insurance agency owner or the Kids Dream website to receive two FREE tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit to get yours.

If you are a Magical Movie Rewards member, you can save even more by purchasing a Kids Dream Passport. This is a great deal if your little ones enjoy the movie-going experience. The passport allows you to see 5 different Kids Dream movies for $10 and gets you 20% off concession purchases during the film series. If you aren’t a member yet, it’s free to sign-up! To become a member, sign-up online or at your local box office. 

Here is the full line-up for the Kids Dream Series:

Free Family Parties:

The Crosswoods Cinema hosts FREE family parties to celebrate the release of new family-friendly films. Enjoy complimentary snacks, crafts, and activities before (or after) the movie and stay for the featured film. Movie tickets for each film are sold separately. More details and showtimes will be available soon at

Mark your calendars for these upcoming parties:

  • March 7: Onward Free Family Party from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • April 18: Trolls World Tour Free Family Party from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • May 23: Spongebob The Movie Free Family Party from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Value Days at All Locations:

Going to the movies with the whole family doesn’t have to break the bank. Both Crosswoods Cinema and Pickerington Cinema offer value days that allow you to see the latest releases (we can’t wait for Mulan and Peter Rabbit 2!) on a discount. 

  • $5 Movie Tuesday*: All movie tickets are only $5. Showtimes sell-out quickly, so we recommend purchasing them online in advance. If you’re a Magical Movie Rewards member you’ll receive a complimentary-sized popcorn plus members-only food and beverage specials, like $2 hot dogs, $8 cheese pizza, and $5 pretzel bites. 
  • Student Thursday*: Every Thursday, students and faculty can enjoy a movie for $6, plus receive a complimentary-sized popcorn. Get your tickets online in advance and show your student or faculty ID when you arrive to receive this great deal!

*Ticket prices are subject to tax where applicable. An additional charge applies for 3D, SuperScreenDLX and UltraScreenDLX showings. 

Keep the winter blues away and head on over to your local Marcus Theatre for affordable family fun!


*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

Related: 25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter

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Disney Favorites Return to Marcus Theatres January 24-February 17

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Mark your calendars and get ready for some big screen magic: All your Disney favorites are returning to Marcus Theatres January 24-February 17!

Thanks to Marcus Theatres for sponsoring this post.

Looking for a fun and affordable cure for cabin fever? Our friends at the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus and Marcus Pickerington Cinema in Pickerington can help. That’s because they’re bringing back the Enchanted Tales Film Series January 24-February 17!

Enchanted Tales Film Series Returns to Marcus Theatres this Winter:

This season’s line-up features a collection of beloved favorites including “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Pocahontas” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Enchanted Tales is the perfect way to introduce your family to the magic of classic Disney films the way they were originally meant to be seen — on the big screen! Better yet, admission to any film in the series is just $6 per person — get your tickets online or in theatre!

(Pro tip: Click here to download a coloring sheet, have your kids color in their favorite character, then bring it to Marcus Theatres during your Enchanted Tales show to receive a FREE complimentary-size popcorn!)

$6 Movie Line-up

All movies play at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. each day.

January 24-26: “Aladdin”
January 31-February 2: “The Lion King”
February 7-9: “Sleeping Beauty”
February 14-17: “Pocahontas”

(Pro tip: Kids out of school on President’s Day? “Pocahontas” is also playing on Monday, February 17…it’s the perfect day off activity!)

Why These Classic Disney Movies are Even Better on the Big Screen

As if you needed even more convincing, we’ve compiled a list to make your decision to see one — or all four — films even easier.

1. Seeing where it all began with the original animated movies that inspired last year’s hit live-action remakes.
2. Sharing the experience watching beloved favorites from “Disney’s renaissance” in the theatre — just like you did — with your kids. And have you EVER seen 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” on the big screen?!
3. THAT MUSIC. These films feature three award-winning songs, from “A Whole New World” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to “Colors of the Wind” — and you’ll want to hear them with dynamic movie theatre sound, surrounded by your fellow Disney fans.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets, download your coloring sheets and we’ll see you at the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema or Marcus Pickerington Cinema soon!

Mark Your Calendars: Kids Dream Returns with $3 Family Films

And stay tuned for more information about the return of recent family favorites like “Abominable” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” during the Kids Dream Family Series! The fun kicks off February 21 and runs through April 5 at both local Marcus Theatres. All films will be just $3 per person!


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