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22 Places to Catch an Outdoor Movie This Summer

Plan an al fresco movie night with one of these family-friendly options.

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We”ve rounded up 22 family-friendly viewing options under the stars. Grab the popcorn, blankets, and lawn chairs and check out one of these free or low-cost outdoor summer movies.

Flicks in the Square | Arvada

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Enjoy a free family-friendly movie in Olde Town Square on Friday nights in August. Movies start at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

Aug. 4 – The Wizard of Oz

Aug. 11 – Moana (PG)

Aug. 18 – Hook (PG)

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Location: Olde Town Arvada, Olde Wadsworth Blvd. and 56th Ave., Arvada

Time: movies start at dusk

Cost: free

Website: oldetownarvada.org

Movies on the Square | Aurora

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Spend a relaxing Wednesday evening with your family and enjoy a movie under the stars at Southlands shopping center. Movies begin at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

July 19 – Moana (PG)

July 26 – The Lego Batman Movie (PG)

Aug. 2 – Finding Dory (PG)

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Aug. 9 – TBD

Location: Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora

Time: movies start at dusk

Cost: free

Website: shopsouthlands.com

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Family Movie Night | Broomfield

*While these films are not shown outdoors, the lineup was simply too good not to include.

2017 Lineup:

June 6 – Hidden Figures (PG)

June 13 – Trolls (PG)

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June 20 – Arrival (PG-13)

June 27 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

July 11 – Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

July 18 – Moana (PG)

July 25 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

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Location: Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield

Time: doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m.

Cost: free

Website: broomfield.org

Movies in the Park | Broomfield

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Take the family to Broomfield Commons Park for a free movie in the park, on select nights this summer. Movies start at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

July 15 – Finding Dory (PG)

July 22 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

July 29 – Moana (PG)

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Location: Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd., Broomfield

Time: movies start at dusk

Cost: free

Website: broomfield.org

Starlight Movie Series | Castle Rock

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Enjoy a street fair with bounce houses, family-friendly activities, and music followed by a movie at dusk. Food trucks will be onsite, as well as a beer booth for adults.

2017 Lineup:

June 3 – Moana (PG)

July 8 – Trolls (PG)

Aug. 25 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

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Location: 4th St. between Perry and Wilcox St., Castle Rock

Time: street fair begins at 6 p.m., movies start at dusk

Cost: free

Website: downtowncastlerock.com

Music and a Movie | Centennial

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Enjoy live music, food, and family-friendly films on select Saturday nights this summer in Centennial Center Park.

2017 Lineup:

June 24 – The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

July 29 – Trolls (PG)

Aug. 26 – Hidden Figures (PG)

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Location: Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial

Time: music starts at 7 p.m., movies begin at dusk

Cost: free

Website: centennialco.gov

Friday Family Film Series at JW Marriott | Denver

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Enjoy free movies on select Fridays this summer at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. Movies start at 7 p.m. in the hotel’s Fireside Terrace, which offers plenty of comfy seating. Popcorn and candy will be offered during the movie, and adult and kid beverages will be available for purchase. The free event is open to both hotel guests and the general public, and $5 discounted valet parking is available during the event. Bonus: Kids eat for free at Second Home Kitchen + Bar before the movie (from 5 to 7 p.m.) with the purchase of an adult entrée.

2017 Lineup:

June 2 – Moana (PG)

July 7 – The Lego Batman Movie (PG)

Aug. 4 – Sing (PG)

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Sept. 1 – Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Location: JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, 150 Clayton Ln., Denver

Time: doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m.

Cost: free, RSVP to sales@jwmarriottdenver.com to reserve seats

Website: jwmarriottdenver.com

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Summer Film Series at Historic Elitch Theatre | Denver

Relax on the theatre lawn and enjoy live music followed by a movie on a giant inflatable screen. Sandwiches from Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli will be available for purchase.

2017 Lineup:

June 30 – La La Land (PG-13)

July 14 – The Princess Bride (PG)

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July 28 – E.T. (PG)

Aug. 11 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

Aug. 25 – Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

Location: Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave., Denver

Time: pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m., movies begin at dusk

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Cost: $5, free for children age 6 and under

Website: historicelitchtheatre.org

Elitch Gardens Dive-In Movies | Denver

Spend Friday nights at the Water Park this summer and enjoy screenings of family-friendly films.

2017 Lineup:

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June 30 – Jaws (PG)

July 7 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

July 14 – Finding Dory (PG)

July 21 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

July 28 – Sing (PG)

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Aug. 4 – Moana (PG)

Location: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver

Time: Water Park closes at 6 p.m., movies begin around 7:30 p.m.

Cost: included with park admission or season pass

Website: elitchgardens.com

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Civic Center Cinema | Denver

Enjoy free movies at Civic Center Park on select Wednesday nights in August. Movies start at dusk and picnics are welcome. Food trucks will be onsite starting at 6 p.m.

2017 Lineup:

Aug. 2 – Back to the Future (PG)

Aug. 9 – Blues Brothers (R)

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Aug. 16 – Jurassic World (PG-13)

Location: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver

Time: movies start at dusk

Cost: free

Website: civiccenterconservancy.org

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Flick Fridays | Denver

Every Friday from June through September, Little Man and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are screening free family-friendly flicks. Bring a blanket and enjoy popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream during the show.

2017 Lineup:

June 2 – Grease (PG-13) and Pitch Perfect (PG-13)

June 9 – Sing (PG)

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June 16 – The Sound of Music (G)

June 23 – The Lego Batman Movie (PG)

June 30 – The Sandlot (PG) and Field of Dreams (PG)

July 7 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) and Star Trek (PG-13)

July 14 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)

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July 21 – The Wizard of Oz

July 28 – When Harry Met Sally (R) and An Affair to Remember

Aug. 11 – Mamma Mia! (PG-13)

Aug. 18 – The Goonies (PG)

Aug. 25 – The Powerpuff Girls Movie (PG) and Clueless (PG-13)

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Sept. 1 – Babe (G) and Back to the Future (PG)

Sept. 8 – Fiddler on the Roof (G)

Sept. 15 – The Karate Kid (PG)

Sept. 22 – Coming to America (R)

Sept. 29 – The Book of Life (PG) and Mrs. Doubtfire (PG-13)

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Location: Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St., Denver

Time: movies begin at sunset

Cost: free

Website: littlemanicecream.com

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Movie in the Park | Erie

Enjoy free family entertainment at Erie Community Park on select Saturday nights this summer. Movies begin at dusk. Frozen treats will be available for purchase.

2017 Lineup:

June 17 – Hook (PG)

Aug. 26 – Harry and the Hendersons (PG)

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Location: Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St., Erie

Time: movies begin around 8:30 p.m.

Cost: free

Website: erieco.gov

Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park | Glendale

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Catch a family-friendly flick on the jumbo screen at Infinity Park, on select Wednesday nights this summer. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from local vendors.

2017 Lineup:

June 26 – The Lego Batman Movie (PG)

July 10 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

July 17 – Finding Dory (PG)

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July 24 – Top Gun (PG)

Aug. 7 – Sing (PG)

Location: Infinity Park, 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Glendale

Time: gates open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: free

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Website: moviesatinfinitypark.com

Movies and Music in the Park | Golden

Enjoy music and family-friendly movies every Friday night in August at Parfet Park in downtown Golden. Bands begin performing at 7 p.m., followed by a movie at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

Aug. 4 – Sing (PG)

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Aug. 11 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

Aug. 18 – Moana (PG)

Aug. 25 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

Location: Parfet Park, 10th St. and Washington Ave., Golden

Time: bands begin playing at 7 p.m., movies start around 8:30 p.m.

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Cost: free

Website: cityofgolden.net

Film in the Park | Highlands Ranch

Take the kids to Civic Green Park for a family-friendly outdoor movie, on select Friday nights in August. Snacks will be available for purchase, and movies begin at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

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Aug. 4 – Finding Dory (PG)

Aug. 11 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Aug. 18 – *Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

*Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars Character and have a photo taken with Darth Vader and Princess Leaia.

Location: Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch

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Time: movies start at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

Cost: free

Website: hrcaonline.org

Movies in the Park | Lafayette

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie in the park. Food and movie snacks will be available for purchase.

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2017 Lineup:

June 16 – Trolls (PG)

July 7 – Sing (PG)

Aug. 12 – TBD

*Check their website on the first of each month to find out what movie will be shown.

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Location: Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Carla Dr., Lafayette

Time: movies begin at dusk

Cost: free

Website: cityoflafayette.com

Film on the Rocks | Morrison

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Denver Film Society presents its 18th season of Film on the Rocks this summer at Red Rocks. Enjoy a live concert and a local comedian, followed by a movie under the stars, on select summer nights.

2017 Lineup:

May 15 – Superbad (R)

May 22 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

May 25 – Long Strange Trip

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June 6 – Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

June 12 – Bridesmaids (R)

June 19 – The Fifth Element (PG-13)

July 17 – The Lego Movie (PG)

July 20 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (R)

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Sept. 11 – Twister (PG-13)

Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison

Time: doors open at 6:30 p.m., bands begin playing at 7 p.m., and movies start at dusk

Cost: $15

Website: film.redrocksonline.com

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Summer Movie Series | Northglenn

Enjoy free family-friendly entertainment on select Friday nights this summer in Northglenn. Food trucks will be onsite each night for moviegoers to enjoy. Movies begin at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

July 28 – Moana (PG)

Aug. 4 – Finding Dory (PG)

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Aug. 11 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Aug. 25 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

Location: EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 11701 Community Center Dr., Northglenn

Time: movies begin at dusk (between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.)

Cost: free

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Website: northglennarts.org

Movies in the Park | Parker

Catch a free movie at O”Brien Park in Parker on select Saturday nights this summer. Enjoy games, vendors, music, and concessions, followed by a family-friendly film.

2017 Lineup:

June 24 – Sing (PG)

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July 15 – Field of Dreams (PG)

Aug. 5 – Zootopia (PG)

Location: O”Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker

Time: music starts at 6 p.m., movies begin at dusk

Cost: free

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Website: parkerchamber.com

Movies on The Green | Stapleton

Enjoy a free summer movie series under the stars at Founders Green at Stapleton. Movies begin at dusk.

2017 Lineup:

June 3 – La La Land (PG-13)

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June 16 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

June 30 – Big (PG)

July 21 – Moana (PG)

Aug. 4 – Hidden Figures (PG)

Aug. 25 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

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Location: Founders Green, 29th Ave. and Roslyn St., Denver

Time: movies begin at dusk

Cost: free

Website: stapletoncommunity.com

Movies in the Park | Thornton

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Bellco Credit Union and the city of Thornton host free family movies on select Saturday nights this summer in Carpenter Park.

2017 Lineup:

June 24 – The Jungle Book (PG)

July 15 – Toy Story (PG)

July 29 – Zootopia (PG)

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Aug. 12 – Big Hero 6 (PG)

Location: Carpenter Park Fields, 108th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Thornton

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: free

Website: cityofthornton.net

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Outdoor Movies in the Park | Westminster

Catch a free family film on select Friday nights in Westminster. Enjoy food vendors and family-friendly activities before the movie.

2017 Lineup:

June 2 – The Jungle Book (PG)

June 23 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

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June 30 – Storks (PG)

July 21 – Finding Dory (PG)

Aug. 4 – A Dog’s Purpose (PG)

Aug. 25 – Moana (PG)

Sept. 22 – Zootopia (PG)

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Location: park locations vary (see website)

Time: pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m., movies begin at dusk

Cost: free

Website: ci.westminster.co.us

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