Films al Fresco

In need of a dinner and a movie night? You are in luck, summer in Baltimore means outdoor movies! The best part is they are free! There are 3 different movies to check out each week in 3 of Baltimore’s popular neighborhoods. On Wednesdays, go to Fells Point for a funny and recently released movie. On Thursdays, head to the American Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill for their eclectic mix of films. On Friday, kick off the weekend with an Italian themed film in Little Italy.

Keep on reading for more details on where, when and what movies so you can start to enjoying your films al fresco.

Photo courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum

Films On The Pier – hosted by the Sound Garden in Fells Point. Movies are shown on Wednesdays at the end of the Broadway Pier and start at dusk (8:45-9ish). Most people bring lawn or folding chairs, lining up all the way down the pier, leaving a natural aisle. Grab some carry out, bring some food or get some popcorn there. The summer may get hot, but being right on the water is a nice way to cool down with a friend. Here is the movie lineup:

July 17: Ted
July 24: The Dark Knight Rises
July 31: Flight
Aug 7: 21 Jump Street
Aug 14: Skyfall
Aug 21: {Pitch Perfect
Aug 28: The Avengers

Flicks From The Hill – hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum on Thursdays. A 30 foot wide screen is held on the museum wall by the large [creepy] golden hand giving a perfect view onto Federal Hill Park. The hill creates an amazingly large and natural amphitheater. Movies start at 9 but this is an event to check out early, especially if you want a good spot. Grab a blanket, invite some friends, pack a picnic and don’t forget a few bottles of chilled white wine. You can also visit the museum for FREE from 5-9pm. Here is the eclectic list of films inspired by AVAM’s current exhibition The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth!
July 11: West Side Story (1961, Dirs. Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise)
July 18: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985, Dir. Tim Burton)
July 25: Rear Window (1954, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Aug 1: Raising Arizona (1987. Dir. Joel Coen)
Aug 8: Cry-Baby (1990, Dir. John Waters) — Members’ Pick!
Aug 15: Finding Forrester (2000, Dir. Gus Van Sant)
Aug 22: The NeverEnding Story (1984, Dir. Wolfgang Peterson)

Also, depending on the day you go, check out some of their pre-flick events, including:
July 11: 7-8:30pm Flicks Opening Night Premiere Party in AVAM’s Tall Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden. Food from Chipotle, C&R, SoBo, Two Boots and beer from Max’s. ($20)
July 18, Aug 1, Aug 15: 6:30-8pm Tour de Fed Hill Bike Rides, FREE!
Aug 15: 6-9pm: Shinier Happier Things Workshop with Bob Benson, $50
Aug 22: 4-8pm Sketchbook Project’s Mobile “How To” Tour @ AVAM, FREE!

The Little Italy Open Air Film Fest – hosted by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association since 1999! At the corner of High & Stiles Streets on Friday nights, there is live music at 7pm and the movies begin at 9 pm (except on August 16 & 23 at 8:30). Arrive early to set up a lawn chair and explore Little Italy before watching an Italian-related film. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot. Here is the schedule:
July 12: To Rome with Love
July 19: Von Ryan’s Express
July 26: Marriage Italian Style
August 2: Casino Royale
August 9: Eat Pray Love
August 16: La Dolce Vita – Due to its length, this film will begin at 8:30 pm.
August 23: The Godfather II – Due to its length, this film will begin at 8:30 p.m.
August 30: Cinema Paradiso



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