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Columbus Outdoor and Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2024

Outdoor movies in Columbus are the one of the best parts of summer! Check out one of these outdoor or drive-in movie options for your family this summer!

There are many opportunities for outdoor movies in Columbus! Make sure to check each link in case tickets are needed in advance! And don’t forget South Drive-In Theatre which is  a permanent drive-in movie theater on the south side of Columbus!

Check back soon! This post is being continually being updated for 2024 as information becomes available!

1. 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 5-11 are $6. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

2. Skyview Drive In

Skyview Drive-In is a permanent drive-in movie theater in Lancaster! Tickets are available online. Kids 3 and under are free and ages 4-11 are $6 each. 12 and up are $10.50/each. There is a concession stand with a full menu available or you will need to purchase a food permit at the box office in order to bring in outside food.

3. 1999 Movie Rewind at Easton Town Center

In celebration of Easton’s 25th Anniversary, enjoy 90’s nostalgia with outdoor screenings of iconic movies from 1999. There will be entertainment before each movie. The movies will begin at 8:00 PM bring a blanket or lawn chair.

  • June 28: Toy Story 2
  • July 26: Tarzan
  • August 23: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • September 20: The Mummy
  • October 11: The Sixth Sense

4. Nightlight 614

Nightlight 614 is a 21+ outdoor movie series featuring local food trucks, craft beer and wine and a DJ. The movies take place at Genoa park. Tickets available in advance and they sell out quickly!

Upcoming Movies for 2024:

  • June 20 – Step Brothers
  • June 27 – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • July 11 – Bad Boys
  • July 25 – Knives Out
  • August 1 – Bridesmaids
  • August 22 – Fight Club
  • September 5 – Dodgeball
  • September 12 – The Princess Diaries
  • September 26 – Good Will Hunting
  • October 9 – Zombieland
  • October 10 – Jennifer’s Body
  • October 11 – The Shining

Related: Movies, Concerts and More: Events for Every Night of the Week in Columbus!

5. Free Movie Nights at Columbus Commons

Watch an outdoor movie on the large screen at Columbus Commons! Movies begin at 8:00 PM.

2024 movie line up is:

  • May 25 – Encanto
  • June 21 – The Secret Lives of Pets
  • July 12 – Ratatouille
  • September 7 – Coco

For the June 21 and July 12 free movie night, gates will open at 8 p.m. following a ticketed Columbus Symphony Orchestra Popcorn Pops performance. If you arrive before 8 p.m., you will not be permitted into the park until the previous ticketed event is finished.

6. The Main Event in Bexley

Three outdoor movies will be shown on Main Street Lawn at Sunset this summer!

2024 Movie Line Up:

  • June 21 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • May 31 – The Super Mario Bros.
  • September 14 – Wonka

Events include live music and food trucks beginning at 6:00 PM and the free movies begin around sundown.

7. Movies in the Parks in Upper Arlington

2024 Movie Line up is as follows. Movies are at rotating locations and are sometimes part of larger events.

  • Wonka | Thursday, June 14 
    Start: 7 pm
    Location: Thompson Park, 4250 Woodbridge Rd
  • Wish | Friday, July 12
    Start: 7 pm
    Location: Sunny 95 Park, 4395 CARRIAGE HILL LN
  • Trolls Band Together | Friday, August 9
    Start: 7 pm
    Location: Thompson Park, 4250 Woodbridge Rd

8. Movies at McNamara

These free outdoor movies take place in McNamara Park in Genoa Township. Bring a chair or blanket. A rain date is saved in case either movie is cancelled!

2024 Movie Line Up is as follows:

  • June 8 – Migration
  • July 13 – Barbie
  • August 10 – Rain Date

9. Friday Night Flicks at Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater

These free outdoor movies take place at Sycamore Creek Park in Pickerington on select Friday nights at dusk. The movies take place after the free Summer Concert Series. Bring a blanket and chairs.

2024 Movie Line Up:

  • June 21 – Barbie
  • July 19 – The Super Marion Bros.
  • August 2 – Migration

10. Movies at the Dam

These free outdoor movies will be shown in the Below Dam Recreation Area! Bring a chair or blanket!
There will be 4 movies over the course of the summer. Movie start times vary depending on sunset. Concessions will be available.

2024 Outdoor Movie Line Up:

  • June 15th: Black Panther @ 9:30pm
  • July 27th: Barbie @ 9:30pm
  • August 17th: Wonder Park @ 9pm
  • September 21st: Migration @8pm

11. Movie in the Park at Galloway Sports Complex

This outdoor movie in Galloway is free to attend. Concessions are available to purchase. Gates open at 8:00 PM and the movies begin at sunset.

Upcoming movie title has not been announced yet. Check their Facebook page for updates!

2024 movie date is:

  • June 14

12. Cinema Under the Stars in Friendship Park

Outdoor activities, food trucks, crafts and more will take place before a showing of a free outdoor movie in Friendship Park in Gahanna! Bring blankets and lawn chairs! These events take place from 7:00 PM – 11:00 pm at Friendship Park.

  • June 21 – The Super Mario Brothers
  • July 19 – Soul
  • August 16 – The Little Mermaid

Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Gahanna

13. Movie Nights in the Park at Topiary Park

Movie nights take place in the beautiful Topiary Park! Movies begin at sunset. Bring a chair or blanket. There will also be food trucks, activities, and entertainment such as trivia and lawn games before the films.

2024 Movie Line Up:

  • May 24 – Crazy Rich Asians
  • June 28 – Rent
  • July 26 – National Treasure
  • August 23 – Barbie
  • September 27 – West Side Story (Original)
  • October 25 – Hocus Pocus

14. Movies Under the Stars at Greenlawn Abbey

Movies Under the Stars in Greenlawn Avenue will take place on Friday nights and include food trucks! Tickets are $5/each.

2024 Movie Line Up:

  • July 12 – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • July 26 – Christmas Vacation
  • August 9 – The Birdcage
  • August 23 – The Lost Boys
  • September 13 – Scream
  • September 27 – Ghostbusters
  • October 4 – Hocus Pocus
  • October 11 – The Shining (Fall Fundraiser)

15. Movie Night at East Market

Movie Nights at East Market are free and start at dusk. Movies are shown outside in the Switch Yard.

2024 Movie Line Up:

  • Thurs 6/6 – Barbie
  • Thurs 6/13 – Drumline
  • Thurs 6/27 – Wonka
  • Thurs 7/11 – The Princess Bride
  • Thurs 7/25 – Dolittle
  • Thurs 8/1 – The Sandlot
  • Thurs 8/8 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

16. Sunset Cinema at Columbus Commons

Sunset Cinema will follow the Brews in the Bosque Happy Hours every Thursday in September at Columbus Commons. Movies are still being decided!

17. Cinema Saturdays at Riverside Crossing Park

Watch a movie at Riverside Crossing Park in Dublin on Saturday nights in July. Each night there will be two movies. The first will be geared toward younger kids and the second will be for teens and older audiences.

2024 Movie Lineup:

July 6:
5 p.m. Finding Nemo
7:30 p.m. Barbie
July 13:
5 p.m. Trolls
7:30 p.m. Spiderman Homecoming
July 20:
5 p.m. Moana
7:30 p.m. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
July 27:
5 p.m. Sing
7:30 p.m. Pitch Perfect

18. Grove City Movies in the Park

Movies take place in Town Center Park and are free to attend! They will take place on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM. You can watch from your car or bring chairs and blankets.

2024 Movie Schedule:

  • June 26: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • July 3: Field of Dreams
  • July 17: The Little Mermaid (2023)
  • July 24: The Grinch (2018)
  • July 31: Trolls
  • Aug. 7: Migration
  • Oct. 5: RV

19. Summer Movie Series at Northwest Library

Watch movies in the backyard of Northwest Library in Worthington! There will be outdoor activities and games beginning at 8:30 PM and the movie will start at dark.

2024 Movie Dates:

  • July 12 – Migration
  • August 2 – Kung Fu Panda 4

20. Movie Nights at the Metro Parks – unconfirmed for 2024

There will be 6 outdoor movies at the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks this summer! Bring a chair or a blanket. Movies start at dark!

2023 dates and locations are as follows:

  • Friday, July 28: Lightyear at Blacklick Woods Golf Course
  • Friday, August 11: Zootopia at Sharon Woods
  • Friday, August 25: Happy Gilmore at Blacklick Woods Golf Course
  • Saturday, September 9: Top Gun: Maverick at Blendon Woods
  • Saturday, September 16: Pan’s Labyrinth at Glacier Ridge
  • Saturday, September 23: Rise of Guru at Highbanks

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