13+ Free or Cheap Outdoor Movies in Atlanta

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.

We’ve tried to capture all the locations around Atlanta and their plans for 2023 – if we missed something, let us know.

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

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

FLICKS ON THE BRICKS IN DULUTH

Flicks on the Bricks in Duluth runs alongside Food Truck Friday with movies taking place the 1st Friday of the months of June, August & September. Movies start at 8 p.m., and the screen will be to the left of the Festival Center Stage. Expect to see characters from the movie or other themed entertainment there while you enjoy a great time on Duluth Town Green. 

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS AT MALL OF GEORGIA

Kaiser Permanente Presents Movies Under the Stars at Mall of Georgia’s Village Amphitheater. Enjoy live entertainment, snacks and a movie. The fun starts at 4 pm, movies begin at 7 pm.

MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT AT SANDY SPRINGS

In its past 15 years of existence, Movies by Moonlight in Sandy Springs has combined the nostalgia of a drive-in movie with the fun of a block party rolled into one! A Sandy Springs tradition of three outdoor ‘free’ family movies presented on the lawn at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.

Check out their Facebook page for dates/movies.

MOVIES AT SWIFT CANTRELL PARK IN 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 6:00 p.m.) 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. 

DORAVILLE PARK – ADULTS’ NIGHT OUT AND SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

Doraville Parks & Rec is hosting the Summer Movie Series at Honeysuckle Park! All movie nights start with a special event at 6:30 PM, followed by the movie at 8:30 PM.

MOVIES AT NEWTOWN PARK

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

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 are on site!

INSIDE THE PERIMETER

SCREEN ON THE GREEN AT ATLANTIC STATION

My family LOVES Atlantic Station and we are ecstatic for their 2023 movie line-up to be posted! Make outdoor movie viewing a new tradition this summer at Atlantic Station’s Screen on the Green. Twice a month, we’ll feature a different family-friendly film on our large outdoor screen. Bring your blankets or chairs and choose your own place to sit on the lawn.

*Check their site for movie selections. Movie trivia will begin at 6:30 p.m. with movies beginning at 7:00 p.m. End times will vary.

FLICKS ON THE GREEN

Join in on the fun on the Town Green in Peachtree Corners for Flicks on the Green, a FREE movie series. This year they’re celebrating all things SUPER! Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of each month May through October. 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. There will be popcorn, sweet treats, and beverages for sale.

MOVIES ON THE TOWN, BROOKHAVEN

Town Brookhaven has been hosting Movies on the Town for 10 years!

Bring your chairs and blankets and grab a spot to see fun movies this summer! You aren’t allowed to bring in food and drinks, but there are TONS of awesome menu options from local restaurants to choose from. In the past, movies have been shown during the months of June and July.

If you live close to Town Brookhaven, they always have good shows. I have neighbors who have complimented the atmosphere and everything about Movies on the Town. The line-up is a blend of animated and non-animated movies perfect for families, date nights, girls’ nights, and more!

OUTDOOR MOVIES AROUND GEORGIA

JEKYLL ISLAND MOVIE ON THE GREEN

Jekyll Island’s Movies on the Green are super fun, although no dates have yet been released for 2023.

Bring your own chairs and blankets to this free movie! Dinner and snack options available for purchase as well.

DIVE-IN MOVIES

WHITE WATER DIVE-IN MOVIES

Six Flags White Water is a fun place to see a movie — in the water!

You can see a movie while lounging on an inner tube in White Water’s 750,000 gallon wave pool, known as the Atlantic Ocean. Movies are every Thursday night in June and July. Movies began just after 7:00 p.m. and were free with admission to White Water.

CHEAP SUMMER MOVIES

SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS AT REGAL CINEMAS

Bring the family to your nearest Regal Cinema for their 2023 Summer Movie Express series! Summer Movie Express tickets are only $2 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 10:00 a.m.). 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.

Having a successful free or cheap outdoor summer movie night around Atlanta can be fun! Follow this advice and your family should be good to go the entire night. What tips would you add to this list?

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13+ Free or Cheap Outdoor Movies in Atlanta