Summer Movies Under the Stars


The weather is dreamy on a perfect summer night. Are you looking for a new activity to try with your family? Enter Movies Under the Stars!

There are numerous sites around the city, that you could even try a new spot each week! You can catch movies in Pickerington, Hilliard, Easton, Grove City, New Albany, Upper Arlington, Bexley, Galena, and even Zoombezi Bay!

We have quite a list for you this year and the best news is that many of the showings are free admission. Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair and the popcorn. These events are ones you won’t want to miss!

{If you are looking for a date night activity for the 21+ crowd, check out the lineup from Nightlight 614. There’s a DJ before the movie, food trucks, craft beers and wine and a great view.} Their movies will be announced soon for 2021!

Columbus Summer Movie Line-up: Movies Under the Stars

New Albany Summer Movie Series

When: Begins June 24 (one per month). Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm. The movie will start around 9pm. July 23 showing Raya and August 13 showing the Greatest Showman.

Where: Different spot each month in New Albany

Details: Balloon Benders, Giant Checkers, Giant Connect 4, and Human Billiards with Special Appearances: Rapunzel and Flynn

Website: New Albany Summer Movies

Pickerington Friday Night Flicks

When: Friday, June 4- July 30, 2021

Where: Sycamore Park Amphitheater in Pickerington

Details: Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy a movie on the white barn with family and friends.

Website: See schedule here

Canal Winchester

When: Dates in June and August

Where: C3 Church

Details: C3 Church in Canal Winchester hosts Movies on the Lawn this summer. Bring your crew, lawn chairs, and blankets. If it rains, the movie will be held inside the sanctuary. Free popcorn and snacks! Lot opens at 8:30; movies start at 9 pm.

Website: C3 Church

Grove City Community Drive In

When: Community Drive-in Movie Series this summer on Sundays at The Naz from June 23-July 28, 2021.

Where: The Naz Church

Details: Movies are shown on a large scree! You can get refreshments at The Naz Cafe or bring snacks and beverages. Click here for movie schedule or scroll down for all movies day by day.

Where: The Naz parking lot, 4770 Hoover Road, at 6:30 p.m.

Upper Arlington Movies on the Lawn

When: June 11, June 25, July 9, July 15, August 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Thompson Park

Details: Experience the joy of movie watching in the great outdoors. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enhance your movie-watching experience. If a movie is cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or winds over 15mph), it will not be rescheduled (weather hotline: 614-583-5345).

Cost: Movies are free and 7:30 pm unless noted.

Website: Upper Arlington Movies

Galena Movies Under the Stars

When: June 12, July 10, August 14 (rain date)

Where: McNamara Park

Details: For two evenings each summer neighbors come together at McNamara Park to watch a movie under the stars. Bring a picnic, chair, blanket, bug spray and family for a new release that starts at dusk. Due to COVID, in 2021 advanced reservations are required to attend movie night. 10′ square spaces will be marked for parties to stay separate throughout the event.

Website: Galena Movies

Bexley The Main Event Movies

When: May 24, June 14, July 19, and September 1

Where: Different park each month!

Details: More than just movies, see website for updates!

Website: Bexley The Main Event

Night Life 614

When: Tickets coming soon! (June 10 the scheduled is released and June 15 tickets go on sale.)

Where: Downtown Columbus

Details: Adult night out for a movie under the stars! Food trucks, live music and an outdoor show!

Website: NightLife 614

Zoombezi Bay Movie Nights

When: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30

Details: Guests can extend their stay until 11 pm and enjoy certain attractions, there will be island fun with animals, music, character ambassadors and a movie on the jumbo screen. Movie titles will be updated soon!

Website: Zoombezi Bay

Easton Movies by Moonlight

In addition to the drive-in movies, Easton will be bringing back the Moonlight series. See the schedule below:

To stay COVID-safe, they kindly ask that all guests sit within a provided social-distancing circle and keep a respectful distance from those outside your group. Circles will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Easton Movies by Moonlight Schedule

June 1: Wizard of Oz (opening night tradition!)
June 8: The LEGO Movie 2
June 15: Field of Dreams
June 22: Despicable Me
June 29: Sonic the Hedgehog

Details: Movies are each Tuesday and begin at dusk!

Website: Easton Movies

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Movies Under the Stars at Easton

Hilliard Movie Nights

When: Friday, June 18, 2021: Celebrate Father’s Day early with a movie. The movie will be chosen by a poll on Facebook.

Where: Hilliard Station

Details: Come celebrate Father’s Day!

Website: Hilliard Movie Night

Be sure to check out our other post that includes drive-in movies in Columbus!

What’s your favorite summer spot to watch movies under the stars? Let us know in the comments below!

For more ideas on summer fun, be sure to check out: Columbus Splash Pads and Shaded Playgrounds in Columbus.

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