Outdoor movies are a summer tradition in Raleigh, Durham Chapel Hill and beyond. Read on to find an outdoor movie series near you. Most are free. Some cost a nominal fee. Some are geared toward families and some are for adults. Follow each link to get necessary details. In some cases we’ve been able to list the movie schedule.
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Apex Movies and Music in the Park
Nature Park Amphitheatre
2600 Evans Road, Apex NC 27502
May 21st-September 29th
Free Outdoor Concert and Movie Series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre and Apex Historic Depot. Music starts at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. View the online schedule for dates and movies or call 919-249-1120.
WakeMed Movies by Moonlight
8003 Regency Parkway Cary
June 2th-August 10th
Tickets are $5, free for kids 12 and under. Bring a blanket or chair as the spacious lawn at Booth Amphitheatre is transformed into an outdoor movie theatre. Gates open at 7 and the movie starts at dusk. No pets. Bring a picnic (beer and wine OK).
Screen on the Green
Bradford Green Sq, Cary, NC 27513 (corner of Davis Dr & High House Rd)
One Friday a month from June to September
Movies by Moonlight
The Lumina at Southern Village
620 Market St., Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC
Movies start at dusk on select Saturdays.
Movies Under the Stars
Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill NC
June 15th-August 17th
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the parking deck at 8:30 p.m. on the third and fourth Thursday of each month. Free admission, free popcorn, games, prizes, telescope demos and activities for kids and adults. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham
9 p.m. May 28 (more to follow)
Eclectic series, not really kid-oriented.
All shows are Fridays. Admission is free, but “We pass the hat vigorously.” This will be the 8th season of movies in the Park, real film under real stars in Durham Central Park with a screen on The Leaf. Bring your own chair or blanket. Plan to come early, bring a picnic, enjoy the twilight.
Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series
Various Durham parks
Some Saturdays from June 11th to August 20th. 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be on site. No alcohol allowed.
Movie in the Park
River Park, 140 East Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Occasional movies, click on link for schedule.
Free. Concessions for sale.
Outdoor Movie Night
Knightdale Station Park Amphitheatre, 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale
Several dates. Click on link for details and schedule.
Admission is free. Movies begin at dusk. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy concessions that benefit local school PTAs.
Movies in the Garden
Stephenson Amphitheatre next to the Raleigh Rose Garden, 301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Thursdays July 20th-August 10th
Concessions start at 7:00 p.m. free movies start at 8:30 p.m. Food trucks and other concessions on site including beer and wine vendors; no outside alcohol allowed. Feel free to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed.
PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
Raleigh City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
May 26th-June 30
Downtown Raleigh’s PNC-sponsored film fest each Friday. The fun starts at 5 p.m., and movies will begin around 8:15-8:30. Free admission.