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.}

Columbus Summer Movie Line-up: Movies Under the Stars


New Albany Summer Movie Series

When: Begins June 24 (one per month). Space Jam kicks off the season for 2023! Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm. The movie will start around 9pm. July 21 showing Top Gun and August 11 showing is Super Mario Bros.

Where: Different spot each month in New Albany


The New Albany Parks and Recreation Foundation is hosting a 5K and 1-Mile race at Bevelhymer Park. After the race, stick around for food trucks, inflatables, games, beverage garden, raffles and more! The evening will finish with a showing of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Website: New Albany Summer Movies

Pickerington Friday Night Flicks

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy a free movie with family and friends.

Friday, June 2, 2023 – Minions: The Rise of Gru

Friday, July 7, 2023 – Top Gun: Maverick

Friday, August 4, 2023 – Puss and Boots: The Last Wish

Make it an evening and come early to enjoy the Summer Concert Series before the movie.


Website: See the schedule here

Upper Arlington Movies on the Lawn

Respect | Thursday, June 8 
Start: 9 pm
Rated: PG-13
Location: Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd

Clifford the Big Red Dog | Friday, June 9 Drive-in Movie
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Rd

Sonic 2 | Friday, July 7 Family Camp Out
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln

Encanto | Friday, August 11 
Start: 7:30 pm
Rated: PG
Location: Thompson Park South Shelter, 2020 McCoy Rd

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 canceled 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

  • June 10 featuring The Rise of Gru 
    • Preshow entertainment by Academy of Irish Dance Co beginning at 7:45 p.m.
  • July 15 featuring Lightyear 
  • August 12 (rain date)

Website: Galena Movies

Bexley The Main Event Movies

When: June 2: Sing 2 and Bexley’s got Talent

July 21: The Mighty Ducks

September 29: Top Gun

Where: Main Street Lawn at Capital University

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

Website: Bexley The Main Event

Night Life 614

When: Tickets often sell out so don’t wait!

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 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28

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.

June 30 – Kung Fu Panda

July 7 – The Incredible Hulk

July 14 – Bolt

July 21 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

July 28 – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Website: Zoombezi Bay

Metro Parks Movie Nights:

When: Begins on June 3 and continues into October.

June 3: Croods: A New Age (Glacier Ridge Metro Park)

July 15: How To Train Your Dragon (Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park)

August 19: Encanto (Sharon Woods Metro Park)

August 27: Spider Man: No Way Home (Blendon Woods Metro Park)

September 9: Luca (Blacklick Woods Golf Course)

September 17: Top Gun (Highbank Metro Park)

October 21: Ghostbusters (Sharon Woods Metro Park)

Where: The Metro Park location changes

Details: The movies begin at dark. Refreshments are provided.

Facebook page: Movie Nights

Easton Movies by Moonlight

Details: Movies are each Tuesday and begin at dusk!


June 6: Lightyear

June 14: DC Leagure of Super Pets

June 21: Back to the Future

June 28: Puss in Boots: The Last WIsh

Website: Easton Movies

Grove City Outdoor Movies at the Naz

Details: Enjoy free family fun and an outdoor movie each Wednesday until July 26!

July 12 Ghostbusters (original)
July 19 Pirates of the Caribbean (original)
July 26 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial



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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