Outdoor movies are totally rad, but free outdoor movies are off the chain! There are plenty of great venues to check out a free outdoor movie in metro Detroit, but there are also parks offering you the opportunity to hop in your Delorean and travel back to the movies of the 80s and 90s. So grab your neon green windbreakers and check out these free outdoor 80s and 90s movie showings.
This downtown Detroit park is your place to catch a free outdoor movie every Wednesday and Friday night, including some classic gems from your childhood. Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest will be showing on Friday, June 16. If you want to travel even further back in time, New Center Park will be screening Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on Friday, July 28 and 101 Dalmatians on Friday, August 25.
If you ain’t afraid of no ghost, grab your Proton Pack and head down to Birmingham’s Booth Park on Friday, August 11 as they’ll be showing the original Ghostbusters. The Bill Murray classic will be preceded by live entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at dusk. If you’re still waiting on your time machine to come in the mail, you can enjoy such modern family fares such as Secret Life of Pets on Friday, June 23 and Finding Dory on Friday, July 14.
Downtown Ferndale will once again play host to their Get Reel Outdoor Movies series, and they have two 80s classics you’ll want to check out. If you can’t make it to Booth’s Park screening a week earlier, Ferndale will be sliming ghosts with their screening of Ghostbusters on Thursday, August 17. If you really are “afraid of no ghost,” check out John Hughes’ classic Pretty in Pink on Thursday, September 21.
There’s plenty to do at this year’s Ann Arbor Summer Festival, but if you’re looking for some retro entertainment there’ll be plenty of 80s movies showing at Rackham Stage. Highlights include Groundhog Day on Tuesday, June 13, Good Morning Vietnam on Wednesday, June 21, and Beetlejuice on Thursday, June 29. Just don’t say his name three times…
As you can see, there are numerous ways you can relive the good ol’ days and show your kids what good movies really look like. Whatever screening you decide to go to, don’t forget your parachute pants and mood rings.