The warm summer nights provide the perfect opportunity for screening outdoor movies in Denver, and families living in the Denver metro area are not at a loss for options. Many parks throughout the area play movies for free during the summer months, and they often allow attendees to bring in their choice of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Other venues provide a more unique backdrop and experience, which results in a cost for attendance.
Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park
Throughout the summer months, Infinity Park, located in Glendale, screens free movies on select Monday nights. The gates open at 7 and the film starts at 8 pm, and while there are food vendors on sight, those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs to make the experience more enjoyable. During summer 2016, the park will show 5 films, all of which are relatively “family friendly.”
Centennial Center Park
Located off of Arapahoe Road, Centennial Center Park, renowned as one of the best park’s in the Denver metro area, has a few movie nights throughout the summer. The movies are scheduled on Friday or Saturday evening, and the night begins at 7 with live music and the film starting at around sunset. Vendors will be on the premises, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own food as well as blankets or chairs.
Southwest Movies at Skyline Park
Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Skyline Park, located centrally on 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver, will be screening 6 family friendly movies throughout the summer. The movies will start at around sunset, and there will be various forms of entertainment beforehand as well.
88 Drive-in Theater
North of Denver in Commerce City, parents are able to experience drive in movies with their children at one of only a handful of remaining drive in theaters in the country at the 88 Drive-in Theater. While not all films are family friendly, if you watch the lineup you can catch a few that are. The cost of a ticket is $8 per person, but kids under 12 get in for free.
Dive-in Movies at Elitch Gardens
On Six Friday nights between July 1st and August 5th, Elitch Gardens offers “dive-in” movies starting at around 7:30 PM. All films fall under the “family friendly” category, and viewers get to float in the wave pool and watch films projected on screen. The cost of attendance is included in the daily ticket price or in season ticket holders’ passes.
While it can be fun to enjoy movies at home with the kids, Denver’s summer weather is fleeting, which makes enjoying a family tradition outside all the more appealing. Whether choosing a free or ticketed movie to attend, families will remember the unique experience of enjoying a movie outdoors together as a part of their summer, which means that kids are more likely to remember the film-going experience and gain a greater enjoyment for being outside at the same time.