Summer Fun: Outdoor Movies in Southeast Michigan

By: Scott Davis | July 30, 2015

Summer took a while to show up in southeast Michigan, but the latest heat wave of consecutive 90-degree days reminds us that the season is here in full force. The warm weather brings its perks, including the many outdoor activities throughout the area. One such activity is catching a movie outside. There are not many better things than warm temperatures, a great film and a great atmosphere all in one night. Listed below are some outdoor venues showing movies this summer.

New Center Park, 2998 West Grand Blvd., Detroit hosts free Wednesday Night and Friday Night Movies throughout the duration of summer at 9:30 p.m., until Friday, Aug. 28. Upcoming movies include “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Friday, July 31), “20 Feet From Stardom” (Wednesday, Aug. 5 ) and “Splendor in the Grass” (Wednesday, Aug. 12). Also, keep an eye out for special events. Check out the schedule to keep up.

Booth Park, 151 Martin St., Birmingham, is an award-winning park with an amphitheater. It has held free movie screenings a few times throughout the summer and the next (and last) opportunity is on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m., when the park screens “Wreck It Ralph.” Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the film! The park is located at the southwest intersection of Old Woodward Avenue and Harmon Street.

Outdoor Movies on Vester Street in Downtown Ferndale takes place on the third Thursday of each month. It is free to the public! “Frozen” screens at the next event on Thursday, Aug. 20 at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and snack. The last opportunity of the season happens on Thursday, Sept. 17, as Downtown Ferndale screens “Back to the Future.”

Movies at Metroparks is a partnership between the Detroit Institute of Arts and Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and shows movies on the weekends through Saturday, Aug. 22. Films are viewed on a 65-foot screen with the beautiful backdrop of various Metroparks. Kensington Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark and Lake St. Clair Metropark all have upcoming screenings of different films.

If you’re looking for something different to do, perhaps check out one of the above listed movie screenings. Take advantage of summer and spend time outside!