Movies Under the Stars
July 16, 2014

Summers can seem so short and fleeting in Boston, so even one minute spend indoors seems like a waste, but what’s a movie lover supposed to do? Luckily, there are several spots around town, which allow you to enjoy a movie and the great outdoors every single weekend of summer.

FRIDAYS
Free Friday Flicks at the Hatchshell
One of the most fun and free family summer activities around is the Friday Flicks at the Hatchshell. Right on the river, all you need to do is pack a blanket, a picnic dinner, and settle in for a feature. Besides the movie, there are free food samples, games, and giveaways. On July 18, the movie is the classic “The Goonies.” Check online for the whole schedule. The series runs through August 22, ending with “Frozen,” sure to be a huge draw.

SATURDAYS
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at Prudential Center
Head to the South Garden at the Pru to see family movies on Saturday nights throughout the summer. The movies start at sundown, but get there at 6pm for entertainment and activities, like gift card and picnic blanket giveaways. Next up is “The Smurfs 2” on July 19. The series runs through August 30, ending with “The Little Mermaid.” Rain date is the following Wednesday.

SUNDAYS
Christopher Columbus ParkARTS
Starting on Sunday, July 13, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End hosts a city-funded movie series every Sunday night through August 17. Look for “Big” (Aug. 3), “Star Wars” (Aug. 10), and “Happy Feet” (Aug. 17). Check the website for exact times, but count on getting there early to scope out a place to watch.

DRIVE-IN
Wellfleet Drive-In
There aren’t that many drive-in theaters around anymore---has your child even been to one? They might get a kick of doing something new. The Wellfleet Drive-In has been around since 1957! It is the only one found on Cape Cod today. The theater uses digital projection to show first-run double features on a 100-by-44-foot screen. There’s also an FM stereo sound system equipped with Dolby Digital sound. You have to check online to see the schedule, which is never advertised more than a few days beforehand, but there is always plenty of family fare.

 

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