Motion Pictures in the Moonlight

By: Toni Cunningham | August 18, 2012

While visiting your local movie theatre is a great way to escape the scorching sun, catching a flick outdoors is the best possible way to cherish the last warm nights of summer. Drive-in theatres are few and far between these days, and the good news is, they aren’t your only option. Plenty of parks in and around Metro Detroit are offering up films projected outdoors through the end of August. Even better? All of the ones listed here are free of charge.

Sadly, before you know it, the leaves will begin falling and summer will be nothing but a distant memory. Stretch out the season by ditching the cineplex and watching a movie under the stars.

Grab a friend and head to any of the following films being shown outdoors this week:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at New Center Park, Detroit: E.T. phone home! Take a trip back to 1982 and relive the story of a young boy helping a stranded extraterrestrial make his way back home. Snacks are served at 8 p.m. with the film following shortly thereafter at 9:30.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Campus Martius Park, Detroit:
Movie Night in the D’s last event of the season features a film that is fun for all ages. Catch Jason Segel and Amy Adams alongside their puppet friends in “The Muppets.” Enjoy some music before the movie—a live DJ will begin spinning at 8 p.m., with the movie following at 9:15.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Wyandotte Farmer’s Market Lot, Wyandotte: Take the kids to see “Yogi Bear” in Downtown Wyandotte as part of the city’s Flicks on Bricks summer series. Be sure to bring your own blanket, lawn chair and refreshments, and be ready for the film to begin at dusk.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Battle Alley, Downtown Holly: If you saw the third film in this popular franchise earlier in the summer, go back to the series’ roots by catching the original, “Men in Black.” Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase, but don’t forget to bring your own chair!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at New Center Park, Detroit:
Wednesday Night at the Movies rounds out its summer line-up with “The Princess Bride,” a comedy-adventure film from the late 80s. Bring your blanket and snuggle up before the fun begins at 9:30 p.m.