13+ Free or Cheap Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (2024)

We’ve compiled a list of FREE or cheap outdoor movies in Atlanta, or close by, that are fun for the entire family! Outdoor movies during the summer months around Atlanta are one of our favorite ways to chill on the weekends and are fun for the entire family.

Here are 13+ free or cheap outdoor movie locations in Atlanta, Georgia, that you’ll want to check out.

13+ Free or Cheap Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (2024)

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN ATLANTA WITH MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

GEORGIA MOVIES IN THE PARK

This summer don’t just watch a movie outdoors, experience it in a historic or unusual location. Movies in the Park has been awarded Atlanta’s Top 10 Outdoor Movie Events. Movies start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown, NOT dark. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray.

Georgia Movies in the Park has hosted over 175 free outdoor movies in unique and historic locations around North Georgia including Alpharetta, Cumming, Canton, Dawsonville, Lake Lanier, and Woodstock. 

The Lake Lanier Outdoor Movie is a fun one to catch. Before the movie shows here, you can swim in the lake, build a sand castle or picnic with your family. Then lay back on a beach towel or beach chair and watch a movie on the big screen on the beach at War Hill Park.

Come out early (6pm) for fun & activities. Movie starts around sundown (8:45pm or earlier).

OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER

REEL FRIDAY AT TOWN AT TRILITH (FAYETTEVILLE)

Experience the magic of REEL Friday at Trilith’s 2024 movie series in the picturesque Town at Trilith in Fayetteville. Bring your family and friends for an enchanting evening of outdoor cinema under the stars, featuring a 25-foot permanent screen nestled amidst lush greenery.

Arrive early to explore the delightful array of vendors and engaging games, and don’t forget to pick up or order dinner to enjoy during the show. FREE.

FLICKS ON THE BRICKS (DULUTH)

Flicks on the Bricks in Duluth runs alongside their Fridays-n-Duluth with movies taking place on select Fridays in months of May, June, & July. Movies start at 8 p.m., and the screen will be to the left of the Festival Center Stage. You’ll also find food trucks, vendors, and entertainment in Downtown Duluth.

The 2024 movie lineup is The Little Mermaid (2023) on May 24Top Gun: Maverick on June 28; and The Incredibles on July 26.

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS (MALL OF GEORGIA)

Kaiser Permanente Presents Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia’s Village Amphitheater. Enjoy face painting, characters, live entertainment, and more. The fun starts at 5pm, movies begin at 7pm.

Their 2024 movie schedule is…

  • May 18: The Little Mermaid
  • June 22: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • July 20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • August 24: Shrek
  • September 21: Barbie
  • October 12: Trolls Band Together

MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT (SANDY SPRINGS)

Movies by Moonlight at City Springs in Sandy Springs will be showing movies on the Heritage Amphitheater Lawn on Blue Stone Road. Admission to the event is FREE.

The Heritage Lawn and Outdoor “Lobby” will open at 7pm, which is also when concession stands open. The movies will begin after sunset (approximately 8:30pm).

Their 2024 movie dates are…

  • Friday, August 23 
  • Friday, September 6 
  • Friday, October 4

MOVIES AT SWIFT CANTRELL PARK (KENNESAW)

The Kennesaw Outdoor Movie Series continues with more family-friendly flicks at Swift-Cantrell Park. The inflatable screen lights up in the dark, so arrive early (around 6pm) for games, activities, fun, and more.

Admission is FREE, but concessions and some activities have an extra charge.  The animated feature will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol or glass containers) and relax “on the green” for an outdoor movie night the whole family will enjoy.

Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. 

  • May 17, 2024 – Dreamworks Animation: Shrek (PG)
  • June 21, 2024 – Disney’s Lilo and Stitch (PG)
  • July 19, 2024 – Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13)

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES (DORAVILLE)

Doraville Parks & Rec is hosting the Summer Movie Series at a new location this year — Doraville Park. All movie nights start with a special event at around 7:30pm and the movies start at dark.

MOVIES AT THE PARK (JOHNS CREEK)

Summer Movies at the Park is a FREE summer outdoor series of family-friendly movies presented on a huge inflatable screen at Newtown Park in Johns Creek. Pre-show activities include children’s activities, music, and giveaways.

Families are encouraged to bring blankets and relax as they watch the movie. No alcohol or pets, please. Gates open at 7 pm and the movie starts at dusk. Food trucks will be onsite.

  • Friday, June 21, 2024: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem
  • Friday, July 12, 2024: Migration

FAMILY TO PARK DAYS (POWDER SPRINGS)

Bring the family out for fun at Thurman Springs Park in Powder Springs for their Family to Park Days. Pack a picnic supper or grab something from one of the local restaurants on your way. Have some family fun at Thurman Springs Park and enjoy a movie on the big screen.  Fun starts at 6:30, movie starts after dusk. 

  • June 20: Trolls Band Together
  • July 11: Migration
  • July 25: Kung Fu Panda 4

MOVIE ON THE GREEN SERIES (TUCKER)

You are invited to join the city of Tucker for their FREE monthly Movie on the Green series! The movies take place on the Church Street Greenspace. The park opens at 6pm and the movies begin at 7pm.

Picnic baskets, blankets and chairs are encouraged, but pets are not permitted.

  • May 23: Elemental
  • June 20: Migration
  • July 18: Wonka
  • August 15: Trolls Band Together

LAWRENCEVILLE MOVIE CLUB (LAWRENCEVILLE)

Join Lawrenceville for a night of fun and entertainment under the stars with their Lawrenceville Movie Club FREE movie series! Bring your friends and family for a laid-back evening of great food, engaging activities for the kids, and an unforgettable movie experience on the Lawrenceville Lawn.

As the sun sets, get ready to laugh, cheer, and create lasting memories. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs for the ultimate movie night experience. Movies start at 7pm, activities start at 5:30pm.

  • June 21: Daddy Day Care
  • July 17: Harriet the Spy
  • August 9: Zootopia

INSIDE THE PERIMETER

SCREEN ON THE SQUARE (DECATUR)

Screen on the Square is a FREE event in Decatur open to the entire community. Bring your friends and family, plus a chair or blanket, and they’ll provide the popcorn! (While supplies last.)

Movies start at 9 pm, but you’ll want to arrive early to secure your spot and enjoy the pre-movie festivities. They’ll have yard games out on the plaza and more.

MOVIES ON THE SQUARE (MIDTOWN ATLANTA)

Kick back, relax, + enjoy movie night in Midtown’s Living Room at Colony Square for Movies on the Square. Film classics will take over their jumbo screen starting at 7pm on select Thursdays from April to October.

Seating will be first come, first served and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. No outside food or beverage is permitted, but takeout from the restaurants at Colony Square is encouraged.

  • July 11th: Shrek
  • August 1st: Matilda
  • September 5th: Encanto
  • October 3rd: Halloweentown

FLICKS ON THE GREEN (PEACHTREE CORNERS)

Join in on the fun on the Town Green in Peachtree Corners for Flicks on the Green, a FREE movie series. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of each month May through October. (Note: 2024’s October movie will be on Friday.) Movies will begin at 7 pm.

Bring a blanket and stretch out on the lawn and experience movies under the stars. Grab food from your favorite Town Green restaurants and picnic. 

  • Saturday, June 1: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • Saturday, July 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Saturday, August 3: Lilo & Stitch
  • Saturday, September 7: Secret Life of Pets (following Bark at the Park)
  • Friday, October 4: Sci-Fi night (movie to be announced)

MOVIES ON THE TOWN (BROOKHAVEN)

Town Brookhaven is hosting Movies on the Town on Thursdays this summer. Bring your chairs and blankets and grab a spot to enjoy fun movies with FREE popcorn too.

The property address is 4330 Peachtree Rd NE and the movies are screened on the large green space in the middle of the property. The movies begin at dusk, which is usually nearly 9pm. People do gather earlier to get a spot on the green, grab a bite to eat, etc.

  • June 6: Barbie
  • June 13: Wish
  • June 20: Trolls Band Together
  • June 27: 13 Going on 30
  • July 11: Wonka
  • July 18: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • June 25: The Little Mermaid (2023 version)

CHEAP SUMMER MOVIES

SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS AT REGAL CINEMAS

Bring the family to your nearest Regal Cinema for their 2024 Summer Movie Express series! Summer Movie Express tickets are only $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring summer movies the whole family will enjoy! Theatre opening times vary so check participating theatre for feature start times (usually it’s 11am). My kids absolutely love these fun movie days!

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. This movie series usually takes place from June-August.

READ MORE: Find more free and cheap movies here!

TIPS FOR HAVING A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY

Movie night is right around the corner for your family this summer, which means lots of fun is in store for everyone. While you may have lots of good times planned, there are ways to have an even more successful summer movie night with your family this year. Check out these tips!

#1. Plan which movies to see – There are TONS of movie options around the Atlanta area. It’s best if you choose a couple of movies that you want to see, instead of trying to see them all. I like to make a list of our top choices and from there we vote on the best options for our family. Making a plan can always help your family have a better time. In the past, when we’ve planned our experiences have been way better than being sporadic.

#2. Invite friends and family – What better way to spend time with friends and family this year than with a summer movie? Summer movies are not only a frugal activity but an awesome one. Every week, we try to invite at least one friend or family member to come with us. Every time we have brought a family member with us, they have LOVED it! The kids also get a kick out of inviting different people each time as well. We always have a vehicle full for a starlight drive to the outdoor movies, which makes for an, even more, fun summer!

#3. Bring your own snacks – Another thing my family does to make movie night super successful is bringing out own snacks. Buying food anywhere can really add up, which is fine on occasion, but since we plan on doing this event every week, bringing our own snacks is a must. Keep an eye out though because some of the movie venues do not allow you to bring your own snacks.

#4. Bring something comfortable to sit on – Sitting on the ground is not comfortable at all. You don’t want to be miserable at a park movie. Have the kids bring pillows and blankets to sit on. Maybe they can even bring their favorite stuffed animal to help them feel even more comfortable.

#5. Bring Bug Spray – Please don’t forget this one because your family will be very unhappy. I’m not a fan of mosquitos and bugs make me cringe. I make sure that my entire family is wearing some sort of bug spray.

#6. Have the kids rest prior to coming – Most of the time, movies end pretty late into the evening. In the past summers, I have had my kids take a nap or rest for a while before coming. Since kids can get tired really easy, if not in bed at their normal time, it’s important that they get the rest they need. Not to mention, rested kids always equal happier kids.

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13+ Free or Cheap Outdoor Movies in Atlanta (2024)