Cheap Dates: Where to catch an outdoor movie night this summer

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:30pm

    Drive-ins and pop-up outdoor theaters became popular last summer and their staying power is holding the summer of ‘21. The beauty of not paying for a $10 tub of popcorn is that you can bring your own food and drinks to some of these venues. Here are 13 of Food and Wine’s favorite movie night make-ahead recipes.

    Here are four places to catch a movie outdoors in the coming weeks.


    Our Town Belfast is hosting four family-friendly free movies on Wednesday nights this summer, including The Princess Bride (July 7- 8:30 p.m.), Babe (July 21-8:30 p.m.), Toy Story (August 4, 8 p.m.), and The Wizard of Oz, (August 8, 8 p.m.)


    The Camden International Film Festival solved one major problem during the pandemic last summer: how to screen movies when people couldn’t go into theaters. They built a makeshift drive-in and streamed the movie’s audio through a special radio channel so folks could turn on their car radios and get the full experience. The first season of the Shotwell Drive-in was a roaring success and they’re continuing it this summer into October. On Thursday, July 1, catch Roadrunner, a documentary about the extraordinary life of late chef Anthony Bourdain (8:30 p.m). On July 3, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents Summer of Soul,  a “powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion in 1969.” (8:30 p.m.) For tickets and more movies visit: Shotwell Drive-In


    Tops’l Farm is hosting Films at the Farm this summer for the fourth year, as a community movie night. On Thursday, July 1 starting at 6:30 p.m, they will be screening The Sandlot, a family-friendly film about kids in baseball. Tops’l Farm provides all the food and drinks and asks the public not to bring their own.  Wine, beer, cocktails, and other beverages will be available for purchase at the event. $5 per person.  All ticket fees to go to the Waldo Theater. FMI: Films at the Farm


    Continuing their popular “Movies While You Park” drive-in, Brunswick offers free family-friendly films, food, and fun on the third Thursday of the month in Davis Park’s natural amphitheater. Upcoming are: Karate Kid (July 15, 7 p.m.) and Raya and the Lost Dragon (August 19, 6:30 p.m.) There are usually food trucks on site. FMI: “Movies While You Park”

    Related: 2020: Pop-up drive-ins and outdoor movies are the latest rage this summer

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