Triangle Summer Movies Under the Stars

Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching in the evenings under the summer sky.


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Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Art

From Cary to Carrboro, your family can enjoy free or discounted films — many of which are shown under the summer night sky. For kid-friendly summer movies during the day, see Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series
facebook.com/townofapex
2600 Evans Road
919-249-1120
Free outdoor concert and movie series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre. All movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. See website for dates and call for movie titles. 

Free Wednesday Night Movies 
facebook.com/thehalleofApex
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. The first Wednesday of every month at Halle Cultural Arts Center. 2018 dates: March 7, April 4, May 3, June 6, July 11 and Aug. 1. Call for movie titles.  

Pizza and a Movie
facebook.com/thehalleofapex
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Spend a fun-filled evening viewing a film in the Halle Cultural Arts Center's cozy theater. Tables and chairs are set up to accommodate 80 for this special event. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie. Bottled water, fruit and a dessert is included. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. 2018 dates: March 15, April 19, May 24, June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23. Tickets are $2-$5.


BENSON

Movie Night in the Grove
facebook.com/town.benson
400 E. Main St. 
919-894-5117
The Town of Benson offers a free movie night on the first and third Friday of every month. Beginning in May, movies are held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove, weather permitting, and begin at sunset. 


CARRBORO

Free Friday Night Flicks
100 N. Greensboro St.
919-918-7385
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on select Fridays. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. All ages are admitted; no registration is required. 


CARY

Movies by Moonlight
facebook.com/boothamphitheatre
8003 Regency Pwky
919-462-2025
Outdoor movies at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre are shown on select Thursdays and Fridays, May 25 - Aug. 17. Free for children 12 and younger and $5 for general admission. Bring picnics as well as blankets or chairs. Movies start at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) and the gates open at 7 p.m. A portion of the profits benefit WakeMed Children's Hospital. Purchase tickets at the amphitheater box office.  

The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
919-462-2051
The Cary Downtown Theater offers independent, documentary, and classic films. All movie tickets are $3 to $5. See the website for showings and ratings. 


CHAPEL HILL

Movies Under the Stars
150 E. Rosemary St.
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the Wallace Parking Deck on select Thursdays from June 7 until Aug. 16. Free admission and free popcorn. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Movies start at 8:30 p.m., or sundown. Featuring sports-themed movies this season.   

Movies by Moonlight
​The Green, 15-501 South
919-969-8049
​Movies start at dusk and are $5 per person. Screenings are at Southern Village Green across from the Lumina Theater on Saturdays, May 19 – June 9. No glass bottles or pets allowed on the Green. 

Varsity Theater
facebook.com/varsityonfranklin?ref=ts​
123 E. Franklin St.
919-967-8665
$5-7 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.


DURHAM

Family Movie Night
2000 S. Alston Ave.
Bring your entire family to movie night at Campus Hills. On the fourth Friday of each month, enjoy popcorn, drinks, and a movie that the entire family will enjoy. Doors open at 5:30, Showtime is at 6 p.m. Cost for adults and non-residents. 

Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series
Locations and times vary.
Durham Parks and Recreation offers a summer concert and movie series in various Durham parks on Saturdays during June 9-Aug. 18. Both series are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be on site and food will be available for purchase. Check the website for locations, dates and times. 


GARNER

Friday Family Flick and Camping
facebook.com/townofgarner
921 Buffaloe Road
919-661-6982
Free movies screened on select Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. There is also an overnight camping option ($12/family for town residents; $16/family for nonresidents). Registration for camping is required; no registration necessary for the movie.


HENDERSON

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
facebook.com/raleighroadtheatre
​3336 Raleigh Road
Tickets cost $8 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 3-11. Children under age 3 are free. One of only six drive in theaters left in operation in North Carolina. Check website for movie showings. 


KNIGHTDALE

Outdoor Movie Night Series
facebook.com/knightdalenc
810 North First Avenue 
Free and open to the public. Make sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs. The series will be at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. Movies begin at dusk. Groups from local schools will be running the concession stand. All proceeds will directly support the associated school.


MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Movies
facebook.com/townofmorrisville/
1520 Morrisville Parkway 
Free movies will be shown at Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park. Come early to get a good spot and enjoy dinner from local food trucks (bring cash!). Movies are family-friendly and begin at dark. Enjoy bounce houses and music at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins. Movies begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Check website for dates. 


RALEIGH

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Films
facebook.com/ncartmuseum
2110 Blue Ridge Road
919-839-6262
Enjoy an outdoor movie series on the lawn in HD format. Picnics are welcome. Parents please note: many screenings are family-friendly, but there are a few R-rated titles each season. Prices vary for music/movie combos. Check website for dates.

AMC Classic Blueridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Road
919-828-8007
Tickets are $2.40 year round. Check website for movie times. 

Movies in the Garden
facebook.com/events/340312006478733/​
301 Pogue St. 
Free outdoor movies in the Stephenson Amphitheatre next to the Raleigh Rose Garden on Thursdays July 5 – Aug. 2. Gates open and pre-show activity begins at 7:00 p.m. and movies starts at 8:30 p.m. Food and concessions available. 

North Carolina State University Campus
Corner of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive
919-515-5168
Movies are shown at the campus cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. (Not all movies are family-friendly.) Admission is free and freshly popped popcorn is served free of charge (one box per person) available 30 minutes before the showing.

Raleigh City Farms' Movies on the Farm
800 N. Blount St.
919-322-9596
Free family-friendly movie showings on the final Fridays of June, July and August. The farm opens at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at 8:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, as well as well-behaved (leashed) four-legged friends. Concessions will be sold.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
facebook.com/raleighwoodcinemagrill
6609 Falls of Neuse Road
919-847-0326
​Family matinee shows for $5.50 before 6 p.m. and $4 before noon. Purchase tickets with cash only. Arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.


ROXBORO

Palace Theatre Specials
5050 Durham Road
336-598-5050 
$5 movies all day on Tuesdays. ($3.50 surcharge for 3-D movies)


SMITHFIELD

Howell Theater
facebook.com/howelltheatre
141 South Third Street
919-938-1201
​The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) that offers $4 movies all day.


WAKE FOREST

Flix4Kids
facebook.com/wfrenaissancecentre
405 S. Brooks St. 
919-435-9428
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts G and PG movies on the second Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. Movies are free and open to the public, and concessions are available for purchase.


ZEBULON

Family Movie Night
facebook.com/townofzebulon
301 S. Arendell Ave. 
919-823-0432
Second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center. Children must have a parent/guardian present. Free movie and popcorn for all ages! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

 

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated April 22, 2018 by Megan Finke.

 

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Raleigh, NC  27609
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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