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2024 Outdoor Summer Movie in the Park Lineups!

Pack up the kids and catch a family flick under the stars at one of these Middle Tennessee locations.

School will be out come Memorial Day weekend, so start thinking about fun summer activities for the kids like free summer movies! The following list includes either free or low-cost movie programs.

Outdoor Summer Movies!


Enjoy Nashville Summer Nights At Summer Movies In The Park

Nashville Movies in the Park

Elmington Park | 3531 West End Ave, Nashville

The Nashville Scene’s Movies in the Park event is back for 2024 every Thursday night in June, movies are free. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with food trucks, games, giveaways and vendors. The movie starts at dusk (8-ish).

Movie Schedule:

Thursday, June 6: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”
Thursday, June 13: “13 Going on 30”
Thursday, June 20: “Barbie”
Thursday, June 27: “Shrek”

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park | 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville

Nashville’s 21+ outdoor social cinema outdoor series takes place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall amphitheater and lawn (600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville). The series runs on select Thursday or Friday evenings June through October. General Admission Tickets ($16.56) often sell out, so a Season Pass ($135) may be worth the price.

Movie Schedule:

Friday, June 14: “Happy Gilmore”
Friday, June 28: “Miss Congeniality”
Thursday, July 11: “Top Gun” (1986)
Thursday, July 18: “Men in Black”
Thursday, Aug. 8: “Crazy, Stupid Love”
Thursday, Aug. 22: “School of Rock”


Dive In Movies at Nashville Shores

Nashville Shores | 4001 Bell Road, Nashville

Come enjoy some of your favorite movies on Fridays in July at Nashville Shores. Movies start at 7:15 p.m. at the wavepool, which will remain open during the movie but the waves will not be operating. Dive in movies are included with a paid waterpark admission ticket on that day or a season pass. Twilight tickets (after 4 p.m.) are available at the discounted rate of $32.99 plus tax. Children two years old and younger are free.

Movie Schedule:

Friday, July 5: TBD
Friday, July 12: TBD
Thursday, July 19: TBD
Thursday, July 26: TBD



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Movie Under the Stars

Various Murfreesboro parks

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to a free movie under the stars in Murfreesboro! The movies show at Barfield Crescent Park (697 Veterans Pkwy) on Mondays, Richard Siegel Park (515 Cherry Lane) on Thursdays and Fountains at Gateway (1500 Medical Center Pkwy) on Saturdays. Concessions will be available to purchase. Show starts at dark.

Movie Schedule:

Monday, June 3: TBD
Thursday, June 6: TBD
Saturday, June 8: TBD
Monday, June 10: TBD
Thursday, June 13: TBD
Saturday, June 15: TBD
Monday, June 17: TBD
Thursday, June 20: TBD
Saturday, June 22: TBD
Monday, June 24: TBD
Thursday, June 27: TBD
Saturday, July 1: TBD
Monday, July 3: TBD
Thursday, July 6: TBD
Saturday, July 8: TBD
Monday, July 10: TBD
Thursday, July 13: TBD
Saturday, July 15: TBD
Monday, July 17: TBD
Thursday, July 20: TBD
Saturday, July 22: TBD
Monday, July 24: TBD
Thursday, July 27: TBD



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Franklin Movies in the Park

Pinkerton Park | 405 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin

Franklin’s free summer movie series takes place once a month at Pinkerton Park through August. Shows start at 8 p.m. or at sunset with concessions available for purchase.

Movie Schedule:

  • June 14th – Fieldstone Softball Fields – Sandlot
  • June 21st – Pinkerton Park – Indiana Jones: Raiders of the lost Ark 
  • June 28th – Eastern Flank Event Facility – Forrest Gump
  • July 12th – The Park at Harlinsdale Farm – Secondhand Lions
  • July 19th – Pinkerton Park – Back to the Future



Mt. Juliet Food & Flick

Charlie Daniels Park Amphitheater | 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet

Bring your blanket or chairs for a free family-friendly movie at the Charlie Daniels Park Amphitheater on the first Friday of each month through October. Film starts around 8:30 p.m. and concessions are available.

Movie Schedule:

  • Friday, June 7 – TBD- 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12 – TBD- 8:40 p.m.
  • Friday, August 2 – TBD- 8:15 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13 – TBD-7:40 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4 – TBD-  6:45 p.m.


Stardust Drive-In Theatre

Retro Wednesdays

Stardust Drive-In Theatre | 310 Purple Tiger Dr., Watertown

See your favorite throwback 80s movies at the Stardust Drive-In Theatre on Wednesday nights through August 2. Cost is $9 for ages 12 & over, $7 for ages 6 – 11 and  free for kids 5 and under. Double showings happen at 8:50 and 10:55 p.m.

Movie Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 29: SHREK (2001) with THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984)
  • Wednesday, June 5: HOOK (1991) with JUMANJI (1995)
  • Wednesday, June 12: MEAN GIRLS (2004) with CLUELESS (1995)
  • Wednesday, June 19: THE GOONIES (1985) with GREMLINS (1984)
  • Wednesday, June 26: BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) with THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)
  • Wednesday, July 10: Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE (2005) with PEE WEE’s BIG ADVENTURE (1985)
  • Wednesday, July 17: WIZARD OF OZ (1939) with TWISTER (1996)
  • Wednesday, July 24: GREASE (1978) with DIRTY DANCING (1987)
  • Wednesday, July 31: THE LOST BOYS (1987) with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)




Free Movie Fridays in Springfield

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park | 2623 South Main St., Springfield

Springfield Parks & Recreation is bringing free, family-friendly movies to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (2623 South Main St., Springfield) on the third Friday of each month, June – September. Movies start at sunset (typically between 7:30 – 8 p.m.).

Movie Schedule:

  • Friday, June 21
  • Friday, July 19
  • Friday, August 16
  • Friday, September 20


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White House Movies Under the Stars

White House Municipal Park | 420 Highway 76, White House

Come on out and enjoy some family flicks under the stars at White House Municipal Park starting at 7:30 p.m. Settle in on your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn thanks complements of Simmons Bank.

Movie Schedule:


Summer Movies in Cinemas

AMC Summer Movie Camp JUNE 24 – AUG. 14   (Franklin / Murfreesboro / Nashville / Bellevue / Stones River
See kid movies for $3 plus tax every Monday and Wednesday. Movies include “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “The Lorax,” “Sing” and “Sing 2,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Migration,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Despicable Me 3.”

Malco Theatres (Smyrna)
Does not have their summer program listed yet, but they have previously offered $2 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. beginning in June.

Regal Theatres (Hendersonville / Mt. Juliet / Nashville)
Offers Summer Movie Express all summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for $1/person. Choose from a G or PG movie each morning.

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