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14 Places to Catch an Outdoor Movie This Summer

We’ve rounded up 14 of the best family-friendly viewing options under the stars, so grab the popcorn, blankets and lawn chairs and check out one of these free and low-cost outdoor summer movie series.

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Film On The Rocks

Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Cost: $15

Enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Red Rocks Amphitheatre, along with live music and cult-classic movies under the stars, on select summer nights. Bands begin playing at 7 p.m. and movies start at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

May 12 – Purple Rain

May 23 – Grease sing-along

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May 30 – The Big Lebowski

June 15 – Citizen Kane

June 20 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

July 11 – The Sandlot

July 25 – Labyrinth

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Aug. 23 – Deadpool

Sept. 6 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Summer Movie Series at Skyline Park

Location: Downtown Denver

Cost: Free

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Catch a family-friendly outdoor flick in the heart of downtown Denver. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

July 7 – Pitch Perfect 2

July 9 – Minions

July 16 – Finding Nemo

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July 23 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 30 – The Goonies

Aug. 6 – Grease

Elitch Gardens Dive-In Movies

Location: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

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Cost: Free with park admission or season pass

Spend Friday nights at the Water Park this summer, and lounge in the water while enjoying family film favorites.

2016 Lineup:

July 1 – Hotel Transylvania 2

July 8 – Minions

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July 15 – The Spongebob Movie

July 22 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 29 – The Good Dinosaur

Aug. 5 – Inside Out

Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park

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Location: Glendale

Cost: Free

This summer, make Monday nights more fun with a family movie night at Infinity Park in Glendale. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

June 13 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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June 27 – The Goonies

July 11 – Mamma Mia!

July 25 – Mrs. Doubtfire

Aug. 8 – Aladdin

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Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Location: Downtown Boulder, locations vary

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Enjoy food trucks, an opening band, concession stand treats, trivia quizzes and prizes, followed by a movie under the stars. Movies include family films, cinema classics and cult favorites.

2016 Lineup:

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June 11 – ET

July 17 – Big Lebowski

**More dates/movies to be announced – check their website for updates.

Historic Elitch Theatre Film Series

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Location: Historic Elitch Theatre

Cost: $5, free for children 6 and under

Relax on the theatre lawn every other Friday in June and July, and enjoy live music followed by a movie on a giant inflatable screen. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

June 10 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

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June 24 – Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

July 8 – Jaws

July 22 – Hairspray

Flick Fridays

Location: Little Man Ice Cream

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Cost: Free

Grab some ice cream and cool down with a double feature every Friday night at Little Man. The lineup includes family-friendly flicks, sing-alongs and cinema classics. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

May 27 – Grease sing-along, followed by Pitch Perfect

June 3 – Frozen sing-along, followed by The Princess Bride

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June 10 – Inside Out, followed by Ella Enchanted

June 17 – Mamma Mia! sing-along, followed by Cinderella

June 24 – The Sandlot, followed by Dirty Dancing

July 1 – Finding Nemo, followed by Jaws

July 8 – Up, followed by The Wedding Singer

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July 15 – Minions, followed by Almost Famous

July 22 – Zootopia, followed by The Breakfast Club

July 29 – Saturday Night Fever, followed by a silent disco

Aug. 5 – YouTube Night (adult only)

Aug.12 – The Sound of Music sing-along, followed by Marx Bros Duck Soup

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Aug.19 – The Wizard of Oz sing-along, followed by Hairspray

Aug.26 – Annie sing-along, followed by Fame

Sept. 2 – Big Hero 6, followed by The Blues Brothers

Sept. 9 – Fiddler on the Roof sing-along

Sept. 16 – Kung Fu Panda 3, followed by My Cousin Vinny

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Sept. 23 – Home, followed by Strictly Ballroom

Sept. 30 – ET, followed by Little Miss Sunshine

Movies on The Green

Location: Stapleton

Cost: Free

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

2016 Lineup:

June 10 – Inside Out

June 24 – Divergent

July 8 – The Martian

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July 28 – Race

Aug. 12 – Zootopia

Aug. 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies & Music in the Park

Location: Golden

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Cost: Free

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.

2016 Lineup:

Aug. 5 – Inside Out

Aug. 12 – Paddington

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Aug. 19 – Zootopia

Aug. 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies on the Square

Location: Southlands in Aurora

Cost: Free

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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.

2016 Lineup:

July 20 – Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

July 27 – The Peanuts Movie

Aug. 3 – Inside Out

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Aug. 10 – Minions

Flicks in the Square

Location: Old Towne Arvada

Cost: Free

Enjoy a relaxing evening in Arvada’s Olde Town Square every Friday in August, with a free concert and family-friendly movie under the stars. Movies start at dusk.

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2016 Lineup:

**Schedule to be announced, check their website for details.

Movies in the Park

Location: Broomfield

Cost: Free

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

2016 Lineup:

July 9 – Jurassic World

July 15 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 23 – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Northglenn Arts Summer Movie Series

Location: City of Northglenn

Cost: Free

Enjoy free family-friendly entertainment each Friday night in August at EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

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Aug. 5 – Jurassic World

Aug. 12 – The Goonies

Aug. 19 – The Good Dinosaur

Aug. 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Film in the Park

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Location: Highlands Ranch

Cost: Free

Take the kids to Civic Green Park for a family-friendly outdoor movie, on select Friday nights in August. Movies begin at dusk.

2016 Lineup:

Aug. 5 – The Fox and the Hound

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Aug. 12 – Babe

Aug. 19 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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