Starlit Flicks: A Guide to Orlando’s Outdoor Cinemas

By: Kristen Manieri

January 21, 2014

While much of the country shivers through the autumn and winter months, Orlando shifts into its most pleasant temperatures, making the area the ideal locale to while away warm, sundrenched days that dissolve into coolish, starlit nights with only the slightest hint of a chill in the air. These evenings are perfect for an outdoor film screening, a trend that has seen many new outdoor cinemas or screenings open up in Orlando.

Hundreds of couples flock to Harry P. Leu Gardens, the 50-acre botanical garden just north of downtown where movies are shown on a giant outdoor inflatable screen on the first Friday of most months during Date Night at Leu Gardens. Admission is just $5 plus tax, and picnic provisions, including wine, are permitted.


Popcorn Flicks in the Park | A Guide to Orlando's Outdoor Cinemas

Consider grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants before or after Popcorn Flicks in the Park © Enzian Theatre


Snuggle up on the lawn at Central Park just beyond Winter Park’s bricked Park Avenue, where you can catch a free classic film during Popcorn Flicks in the Park, typically on the second Thursday of each month beginning at dusk. Don’t forget to snag your free bag of popcorn from the concession and consider wandering over to one of the Avenue’s chic wine bars after the movie.


Wednesday Night Pitcher Show | A Guide to Orlando's Outdoor Cinemas

Expect fun cocktails and a party atmosphere at the Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, held weekly at Enzian Theater © Enzian Theatre


At nearby Enzian Theater, an area favourite for independent films and documentaries, a lively crowd gathers on a weekly basis for the Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, which features a free outdoor screening of a retro favourite or cult classic paired with Jell-O shot trivia and an all-night happy hour. Admission is free.

Cranes Roost Park | Orlando Outdoor Cinemas

Movie night at Cranes Roost Park © City of Altamonte Springs

Kissimmee’s Movie in the Park, a monthly movie event held at Kissimmee Lakefront Park on the second Friday of every month, is a hit with parents thanks to its family-friendly and animated films (PG or G). Admission is free and concessions with movie snacks are available on site.


Finally, PG and G movies are screened by the fountain on the second Saturday of most months at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs (north of Orlando) during Sunset Cinema, another family-friendly soirée with free admission. Be sure to spend some time strolling the park’s picturesque walking trail before or after the show.


Cranes Roost Park |A Guide to Orlando's Outdoor Cinemas

These al fresco flicks are shown at Cranes Roost Park, north of the city, where you’ll find a wonderful waterfront walking trail and free concerts on Friday nights © City of Altamonte Springs


Know Before You Go

Most outdoor movie events do not provide seating so make sure you bring a blanket or lawn chair with you. On warmer nights, the mosquitoes might be buzzing so it’s best to bring some bug spray, just in case.


Header photo ©  Enzian Theatre


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Written by Kristen Manieri


Kristen Manieri

Kristen Manieri is travel and lifestyle writer living in Orlando, FL with her husband and two daughters. A regular contributor to Orlando Magazine and Edible Orlando, she is continuously scouring the city searching for the next great person, places, or adventure to write about. Living in the Sunshine State has given Kristen an endless array of experiences as she has explored Florida from Amelia Island all the way down to Key West. But from top to tip, Orlando is still one of her favorite Florida places thanks to its ‘come as you are’ vibe, flourishing art scene, local food-focused restaurants, and myriad of gorgeous green spaces.

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