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Enjoy Summer Stars With These 3 Outdoor Minneapolis Movie Series


Photo by Rachel Joyce, courtesy of Walker Art Center

Drive-in movie theaters may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a movie on the big screen under a star-filled summer sky.

Am I correct in saying that the Vali-Hi Drive-In located in Lake Elmo is the last of its kind in the Twin Cities? Nevertheless, many summer moviegoers know what a delight it is to enjoy a film al fresco among friends. The summer tradition has been kept alive at these popular attractions. The season is about to start. Save me a seat.

Walker Summer Music & Movies

The Walker Art Center’s popular outdoor summer movie series has combined a carefully curated selection of movies with an equally eclectic musical act. In homage to the Walker exhibition Christian Marclay: The Clock, the first three films in Loring Park all deal with time.

Mondays, August 4-25, Free
Loring Park: August 4, 11, 18; Walker’s Open Field: August 25
Music begins at 7 p.m., movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.)

Monday, August 4
Music: The Cloak Ox
Movie: High Noon

Monday, August 11
Music: ZuluZuluu
Movie: D.O.A.

Monday, August 18
Music: The Handsome Family
Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Monday, August 25
Music + Film: Christian Marclay's Graffiti Composition, and Screen Play with Lauren Estoppey, Iue Mori, and Anthony Coleman. Introduction in person by Christian Marclay.

Brit’s Annual Summer Movies

Monday is also movie night at Brit’s. What’s better than a movie under the stars than a movie under the stars with your favorite pint? Movies begin at dusk on Monday evenings on Brit’s Rooftop Garden. No cover.

Monday, August 11

Monday, August 18
World’s End

Monday, August 25
About Time

Monday, September 1
Saving Mr. Banks

Solera Rooftop Movies

At their rooftop deck, Solera has been showing films all summer long. Catch one of their features on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Movies are free and begin at dusk.

29: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

3: Kill Bill Vol. 1
5: Starship Troopers
10: Silver Linings Playbook
12: Casino Royale (1967)
17: The Jerk
19: Snatch
24: The Big Lebowski
26: Wall-E
31: Sharknado

September (Bill Murray Month)
2: Rushmore
7: Stripes
9: Razor’s Edge
14: Ghostbusters
16: Moonrise Kingdom
21: Caddyshack (Bill’s birthday)
23: Lost in Translation
28: The Monuments Men
30: Groundhog Day

For and even more comprehensive list of outdoor cinema dates, check out this post at Thrillist.

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