6 great spots to watch movies outside in Birmingham this summer including Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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Summertime is made for outdoor entertainment – especially movies on the big screen. Here’s where you can find outdoor flicks around Birmingham all summer long! 

Movie on the Lawn – Trussville

In the mood for dinner and a movie? Then Movie on the Lawn in Trussville may be for you – and the whole family! This casual, fun night will feature a movie under the stars and tasty meals and treats from a variety of food trucks.

When: Sat. May 26
Where: Holy Cross Trussville. 90 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 35173
Time: 6pm-9pm
Admission: Free. Suggested non-perishable food donation.

Movies at Avondale and Crestwood Parks

It’s hard to resist the charm of Avondale and Crestwood, especially on a gorgeous summer night in the park. (This year’s movie lineup is my personal fave!)

Where: Forest Park South Avondale. 4101 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222; Crestwood Park. 5400 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212
Time: 8pm
Admission: Free
2018 Movie Lineup:

  • June 6 – Moana (PG) – Avondale
  • June 11 – Sing (PG) – Avondale
  • June 13 – Willy Wonka (PG) – Avondale
  • June 20 – Space Jam (PG) – Avondale
  • June 27 – E.T. (PG) – Crestwood
  • July 9 – Hook (PG)- Crestwood

There will also be two events to take part in this summer:

  • June 11 (5pm-6pm): An Animal Encounter event followed by activities with the Birmingham Zoo.
  • June 13 (7:30pm): The Steel City Men’s chorus performs.
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Movies in the Park – Alabaster

Four great family-friendly movies will be playing at Veterans Park in Alabaster this summer, so be sure to join in on the fun. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks for ultimate enjoyment!

Where: Veterans Park. 7305 Hwy. 119, Alabaster, AL 35007
Time: 8pm
Rain-out Number: 205.378.4055
Admission: Free
2018 Movie Lineup:

  • June 8 – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG)
  • June 22 – The Star (PG)
  • July 6 – Wonder (PG)
  • July 20 – Cars 3 (G)
Flicks Among the Flowers

What sweeter spot to watch a movie outdoors than at Birmingham’s gorgeous, flower-infused Botanical Gardens? There will be two movie showings this summer, so bring a blanket and enjoy some flicks among the flowers. (No pets or outside alcoholic beverages allowed.)

Where: Botanical Gardens. (Formal Garden in front of Conservatory.) 2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205.414.3950
Time: 8pm
Admission: Free. $5 suggested donation
2018 Movie Lineup:

  • June 6 – Hitch (PG-13)
  • July 18 – Jaws (PG. The PG-13 rating wasn’t created until after Jaws was released. Parents use your best judgement!)
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Flicks Among the Flowers at Botanical Gardens. Photo via Arova Contemporary Ballet.
Free Friday Flicks – Hoover

Enjoy family-friendly films all summer long at Free Friday Flicks in Hoover. There will be great movies, vendors and more!

Don’t forget to come early to have a picnic or opt for Little Caesars pizza and drinks available for purchase. Kids will also have a blast at the exciting activities at the kids zone.

Where: Veterans Park. 4800 Valleydale Rd., Hoover, AL 35242
Phone: 205.444.7777
Time: 7pm-9pm
Admission: Free
2018 Movie Lineup:

  • June 1 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13)
  • June 8 – Wonder
  • June 15 – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • June 22 – Peter Rabbit
  • June 29 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 6 – Paddington 2
  • July 13 – Ferdinand
  • July 20 – Coco
  • July 27 – Rain Date
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Free Friday Flicks at Veterans Park in Hoover. Photo via Free Friday Flicks.
Coyote Drive-In Leeds

All of the outdoor movies mentioned so far have been located at local parks around town. But we can’t leave out one of the ultimate outdoor movie experiences there is – the drive-in movie. Sure, you can sit in the car to watch the show if you choose, but on a warm summer night, you can also take your viewing outside.

Whether you choose to watch the movie on a blanket, in a ballpark chair or in the back of your pickup truck, a night at the Coyote Drive-In in Leeds is always a good time.

When: Fri. May 25-Thurs. May 31 (more to come!)
Where: The Outlet Shops at Grand River. 6200 Grand River Pwky, Ste. 510, Leeds, AL 35094
Phone: 205.208.1414
Time: (See schedule below)
Admission: Ages 12+ – $8; Ages 5-11 – $6; Ages 4 and under – Free

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For other great events happening this summer, be sure to check out Bham Now’s calendar!

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