Wex Drive-In

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For many people, outdoor movies carry a sense of nostalgia: childhood memories of visiting the local park—popcorn and blanket in tow—to watch a movie with friends, family and neighbors. Well, outdoor movies are back, and in a big way.


Sure, you may be familiar with the free movie screenings in NYC’s Central Park or the Screen on the Green series at the National Mall in D.C., but did you know that Columbus has plenty of its own outdoor movie options? With unique venues such as Creekside Plaza and Easton Town Center, and movie options ranging from black and white classics to animated flicks, it’s an experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

To get you started, I’ve put together a list of outdoor movie series throughout Columbus. All are completely free, family-friendly events that are certain to get you out of a summer rut. Pick you favorite flick, pop some popcorn and do something different this summer!

Classics on the Creek (Gahanna) June 25 – Chicken Run July 23 – Top Gun August 27 – Pirates of the Caribbean

Where: Creekside Plaza, at 123 Mill Street When: Fridays at 9 p.m. How much: FREE

For more information, visit Gahanna.gov or call 614-342-4250.

Fryer Flicks on the Hill (Grove City) June 17 - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs June 24 - Raiders of the Lost Ark July 1 - The Wizard of Oz July 8 - Casablanca July 15 - Hotel for Dogs July 22 - Beverly Hills Cop (edited edition) July 29 - Charlotte’s Web August 5 - Rudy

Where: Fryer Park sledding hill, at 3899 Orders Road When: Thursdays at dusk How much: FREE. Ice cream and popcorn are sold on-site.

For more information, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call 614-277-3050.

Movies By Moonlight Series (Easton Town Center) July 13 - Where the Wild Things Are July 20 - Surf's Up July 27 - Charlotte's Web August 3 - Labyrinth August 10 - Top Gun August 17 - A League of Their Own August 24 - Back to the Future August 31 - The Blind Side

Where: Town Square, at Easton Town Center When: Tuesdays at dusk How much: FREE

For more information, visit http://www.eastontowncenter.com/Events.aspx?id=179 .

Movies in the Park (Upper Arlington) June 18 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs July 9 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian July 15 - Where the Wild Things Are August 20 - Up

Where: Thompson Park, near the South Shelter House off McCoy Road When: Thursdays and Fridays at dusk How much: FREE

Screen on the Green (Victorian Village) July 30 – The Fantastic Mr. Fox August 20 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail September 24 – Best in Show

Where: Goodale Park, at the corner of Goodale Boulevard and Park Street When: Fridays at dusk; classic cartoons precede the film beginning at 8:30 p.m. How much: FREE. Refreshments from Clintonville Community Market, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Rad Dog are sold on-site.

For more information, visit FriendsOfGoodalePark.org .

Wex Drive-In (OSU Campus) July 15 - The Talented Mr. Ripley August 19 - Roman Holiday

Where: Wexner Center Plaza, at 15th Avenue and High Street When: Thursdays at dusk; event begins at 8 p.m. How much: FREE. Snacks and beverages are sold on-site.

For more information, visit http://www.wexarts.org/fv/?seriesid=169 or call 614-292-3535.

Did I miss anything here? If so, please let us know!