13 places to watch movies this summer, including outdoor screenings

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What’s a movie without popcorn? (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

From Top Gun: Maverick to Minions: The Rise of Gru, it’s no secret that movie theaters are making a comeback. With unbearably hot weather and even hotter movie releases, summer is the perfect time to watch a film. Everybody grab your popcorn—it’s time to dive into our list of spots to catch a flick this summer.

Outdoor Theaters

1. Free Friday Flicks—Hoover

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Head to Veteran’s Park in Hoover on Friday, July 8 for the last Free Friday Flick of the season. Enjoy a fun kids’ zone, food and dessert trucks and of course, an outdoor screening of Space Jam: A New Legacy.


  • July 8-Space Jam: A New Legacy | 6:30PM | Movie starts at dusk | Free

Location: 4800 Valleydale Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 35242

2. Grand River Drive-in

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Experience a drive-in movie. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Enjoy a movie in the great outdoors with a classic drive-in theater experience at Grand River. With multiple screenings at once, there are movies for all ages to choose from.

Schedule July 8-July 14

Screen 2:

  • First Showing—Thor: Love & Thunder | 8:45PM
  • Second Showing—Lightyear | 11PM

Screen 3:

  • First Showing—Elvis | 8:45
  • Second Showing—Top Gun: Maverick | 11:40PM

Screen 4:

  • First Showing—Minions: The Rise of Gru | 8:45PM
  • Second Showing—Jurrasic World: Dominion | 10:30PM

Buy tickets | View full schedule

Location: 1453 Grand River Pkwy N, Leeds, AL 35094

3. Alabaster Movie Nights

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Enjoy dinner and a movie in Alabaster along with some good old-fashioned family fun. There will be fun games like badminton, crossnet,  wiffle ball, bubbles, bocce ball, hula hoop, frisbee, lawn bowling, and corn hole. Make sure to bring money for food and drink purchases, lawn chairs and blankets for the ultimate experience.


  • July 8—American Underdog (rated PG) | movie will begin at dusk, usually around 8:15-9PM | Free
  • July 22—Soul (rated PG) | movie will begin at dusk, usually around 8:15-9PM | Free

Location: Veterans Park (Alabaster), 7305 Hwy 119, Alabaster, AL 35007

BONUS: Alabster Teen Council will be hosting the following movies at Larry Simmons Stadium beginning at dusk:

  • July 19: Mean Girls
  • Aug. 2: The Blind Side

Find out more.

Indoor Theaters

4. Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

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Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema Jefferson County Commission South Lounge. (Nick Case / Bham Now)

You’ve definitely heard of Sidewalk because of their annual film festival, but did you know they screen both new + classic movies year round? With a full bar + concession stand, and a bathroom inspired by The Shining, you’ve got to check this place out.

Location: 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Buy Tickets | View Schedule

5. Alabama Theatre

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Alabama Theatre. (Jacob Blankenship/ Bham Now)

Alabama Theatre is an iconic performing arts venue where you can catch your favorite classic movies this summer.


  • July 8—Grease Sing-Along | 7PM
  • July 10—The Wizard of Oz | 2PM
  • July 15—Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark | 7PM
  • July 17—Blue Hawaii | 2PM
  • July 22—Smokey and the Bandit | 7PM
  • July 24—Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory | 2PM
  • July 29—The Big Lebowski | 7PM
  • July 31—The Sound of Music | 2PM

Location: 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Buy Tickets

6. McWane Science Center

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Grab your friends and head to the movies. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Not only can you explore fascinating exhibits at McWane, you can also watch box office hits and neat documentaries at their IMAX theater.

Now Showing: Thor: Love and Thunder, Wings over Water, Asteroid Hunters

Location: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

View showtimes + buy tickets.

7. Phoenix Theatres The Edge 12

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10AM you can catch a free kid-friendly movie at The Edge 12 theater. Plus, all seats + showings are only $5.99 daily.

Free Summer Movie Schedule:

  • July 5-7—A Dog’s Way Home + Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
  • July 12-14—Goosebumps 2 + Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • July 19-21—The Croods: A New Age + Shrek
  • July 26-28—Trolls World Tour + The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • August 2-4—Despicable Me + Abominable
  • August 9-11—Sing 2 + Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • August 16-18—Minions + Paw Patrol The Movie

Location: 7001 Crestwood Blvd # 1100, Birmingham, AL 35210

View showtimes + buy tickets.

8. AMC Vestavia Hills

Lean back and relax at AMC Vestavia Hills—they have heated recliners and will even bring delicious food and drinks straight to your seat, so you don’t have to miss a thing.

Location: 1911 Kentucky Ave, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

View showtimes + buy tickets.

9. Birmingham Premiere LUX Cine GSX & Pizza Pub

Your one-stop-shop for family fun, with a pizza pub, arcade, reclining seats and big movie screens. Catch a free kid-friendly movie at 10AM and 11AM on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Free movie schedule:

  • July 6-7—The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
  • July 13-14—The Lego Movie
  • July 20-21—Scoob!
  • July 27-28—Tom & Jerry
  • August 3-4—Space Jam 2

Location: 501 Lakeshore Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35209

View showtimes + buy tickets.

10. AMC Summit 16

Watching a movie is the perfect way to wind down from your shopping spree.

Location: 321 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243

View showtimes + buy tickets.

11. AMC Patton Creek

Grab your popcorn and all your favorite snacks to enjoy a flick at AMC Patton Creek.

Location: 4450 Creekside Ave, Birmingham, AL 35244

View showtimes + buy tickets.

12. AMC Classic Lee Branch

AMC Classic Lee Branch offers a premium large-screen format auditorium for the ultimate viewing experience.

Location: 801 Doug Baker Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242

View showtimes + buy tickets.

13. Regal Trussville

Along with box office hits, Regal Trussville hosts special screenings of classic favorites.

Location: 5895 Trussville Crossings Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35235

View showtimes + buy tickets.

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Gabby Gervais
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