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BEST SPOTS: Movies in the Park
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BEST SPOTS: Movies in the Park

ATLANTA – As the summer wraps up students and parents are thinking of ways to enjoy their summer “to the last drop”. During the summer, many communities hosted free movie viewing at public parks. The screenings are designed to encourage family bonding time and fellowship.

People say watching movies in the park or under the stars is relaxing. And people enjoy the fact that they can create their own environment while enjoying good movies on any given summer night.

For the best experience, regulars advise: sitting toward the center of the screening, being cautious of dog droppings, sitting behind people with blankets down and bringing fun snacks and dinner, if you want.

For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of local outdoor movie screenings for your viewing pleasure.

Atlantic Station

 Atlanta’s “premiere live, work, play” hosts a movie screening every Thursday in their Central Park. Movies began on May 12 and the last movie will be shown on September 29. The venue has shown movies like Jurassic Park, Inception and Grease already and it plans on screening blockbusters like The Social Network and The Hangover in August. Central Park is located on Atlantic Drive in Atlanta.

Galleria Gardens

This movie screening is hosted by the Vinings Church. The event, called Movies in the Park is held, weekly, in The Garden every Thursday night beginning at dusk. The garden can only hold 2,000 people so they expect you to spread the word. The garden has screened movies like E.T. and The Neverending Story and their final movie, scheduled for August 4, is popular Robin Williams family comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. The Vinings Church provides free popcorn to movie-goers. Galleria Gardens is located at 100 Galleria Parkway in Atlanta.

Whistlestop Park

You may want to visit them online for exact dates but, on some, Saturday nights, Whistlestop Park screens a family movie starting at dusk or 9:00 p.m. The movie is free to all attendees. Whistlestop is located at 1369 Fourth Avenue in Auburn.

Stone Mountain Village

Stone Mountain Village began offering free screenings on May 28 and they will continue until October 15. The movies will be shown once a month. Movies begin at dusk and include titles like Shrek Forever After and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Movies are free of charge. The Stone Mountain Village is located at 922 Main Street in Stone Mountain.

Piedmont Park

Perhaps the most popular of summertime movies screenings is Piedmont Park's Screen on the Green event. The annual outdoor movie theatre/local hangout is back for it's fifth consecutive year. All movies will be shown in The Meadow and they will start between 8:40 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. Movie goers can bring food, snacks and picnic baskets however no alcohol can be brought into the park. Piedmont Park is located at Tenth Street and Monroe Drive.

Riverdale Amphitheatre

Every Friday, at the new Riverdale Town Center, the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services hosts their Friday Night Flicks event. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. The movie will begin at dusk. The Riverdale Town Center is located at 7200 Church Street in Riverdale.

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