Lights, camera, action: Where to watch outdoor movies in Nashville

Watching a movie under the stars is a quintessential part of the summer experience in Middle Tennessee. From drive-ins to beer and a movie, punch your ticket to one of these local screenings.


Pro tip: Check out the schedule to see the food truck lineup for each movie. | Photo by Nathan Zucker via NightLight 615

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Nothing says spring and summer like outdoor movies — and there are many opportunities to catch free and low-cost films around town after the sun goes down.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night activity — like a scene out of your favorite rom-com — or just want to hang out with friends, we’ve got you covered with 10+ outdoor screenings that will have you feeling like the star in your own motion picture.

🌳 Movies with a view

From parks to pools, enjoy a variety of new movies, classic films + animated favorites all summer long.

  • NightLight 615 | Select nights, June-October | Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park | $11+ | Upcoming movies include “Anchorman,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Big Lewbowski,” and more. Pro tip: Each event is 21+ and features craft beer, wine, and food trucks.
  • Movies in the Park | Thursdays in June | Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave. | Free | Stretch out on a blanket and watch “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Mean Girls,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Lightyear.”
  • Dive-in Movies | Fridays in July | Nashville Shores | Cost of admission | Relax and float around while watching “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” and more.
  • Movies in the Park | Last Saturday, May-August | Church Street Park, 600 Church St. | Free | The next event is “Clifford The Big Red Dog” on May 27. Other movies include “American Underdog,” “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile,” and “Soul.”

🍺 Movies with a brew

Level up your movie experience with local brews, taproom bites + other fare at these 21+ events.

  • Movies on Tap | Select Sundays, June-December | Jackalope Brewing Company, 429B Houston St. | $25 | Jackalope and the Nashville Film Festival’s ongoing series will screen “Con Air,” “Jaws,” and “Wet Hot American Summer” — tickets include beer and popcorn.
  • Sip + Cinema | Select Saturdays, May-September | W Nashville, 300 12th Ave. S. | Free+ | This series is all about the classics with “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Godfather,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

📽️ Movies that come to you

Want to have the theater come to you? Local businesses Ultimate Outdoor Movies, Melrose Movies, and FunFlicks offer special packages for inflatable outdoor movie screenings so you can have a movie night in your own backyard.

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