If you’re a movie fan and are having post-deadCENTER Film Festival blues, here are some on- and off-the-beaten path ways to watch movies this summer:
SONIC Summer Movie Nights – For free family entertainment, you can’t beat spreading out on the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night for movies. The movie nights kick off with “Paddington” on July 8 and end on Aug. 19 with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” In between, you can see “Back to the Future” (July 15), “Big Hero 6” (July 22), “The Wizard of Oz” (July 29), “Finding Nemo” (Aug. 5) and “E.T.” (Aug. 12). Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic (no glass), or dine from a variety of local food trucks or area vendors like Ice House or Park House.
FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the river with a blanket or lawn chair on select Fridays during the summer for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m. This year’s schedule includes “Maleficent” (July 10), “Annie” (July 24), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (August 7) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (September 4).
Winchester Drive In: Oklahoma City’s oldest drive-in is open seven days a week for the summer, with movies beginning at 9 p.m. It has been a family tradition for more than 45 years. Farther north, in Guthrie, is the Beacon Drive-In Theater, which has been open since 1950.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – See independent art films that are likely not showing elsewhere in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater. Buy tickets at the box office or online, or dig deeper by reading Film Curator Michael J. Anderson’s Film Blog.
Science Museum Oklahoma – The Dome Theater at Science Museum Oklahoma offers a large-format, dome-screen theater surround that is 70 feet in diameter. It uses IWerks Entertainment 15/70 projection system. Currently, stop by and see “Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” in IMAX and “Journey to Space” about plans of NASA and the space community.
Dive-In Movies and Soaked Cinema - Indulge in your love of the cinema while making the most of the summer season! Join the Oklahoma City Parks and Recs team at aquatic centers around the city to watch family-friendly classics in a unique way. If you are looking to cool your heels, Dive-In Movies will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at Earlywine Family Aquatic Center (June 20) and Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center (August 1). To make a different kind of splash, head over to the city’s spraygrounds for the Soaked Cinema experience in Memorial Park (July 17) and Harvest Hills (July 18). Read more about what’s going on at city pools this summer.