Cinema Under the Stars: Outdoor Movies Near Ann Arbor (2024)

Cinema Under the Stars: Outdoor Movies Near Ann Arbor (1)

May 24, 2024 / By Anna Mae/ Entertainment, Movies, Movies, outdoor, Parks, Summer

I’ve loved seeing outdoor movies since my first trip to the drive-in. There are lots of options for outdoor movies near Ann Arbor. Michigan summer nights are often cool making for great movie watching weather. However, being on the western edge of the time zone, darkness starts late.

Check out our list of outdoor movies in 2024 near Ann Arbor.

Table Of Contents

  1. Top of the Park Movies
  2. Stadium Movies
  3. Movies at the Park Near Me
  4. Ann Arbor Drive-In Movie Theaters Options
  5. Ann Arbor Movies in the Park and other Outdoor Movies

Top of the Park Movies

Our favorite place to catch an outdoor movie is at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park. The Movies by Moonlight series is held on Ingalls Mall. Movies are on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the second half of June. The 2024 season is shorter than other years, but several of the movies are family friendly.

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Stadium Movies

We love seeing moves at Michigan Stadium. We have seen both Black Panther and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.

Of the Ann Arbor outdoor movies, the biggest stadium movie of the year is typically at Michigan Stadium. We hope to see a return of movie night in 2024 since the stadium scoreboards aren’t under construction this year.

Eastern Michigan University has also done movies at their Football Field. I will update if one is announced.

Movies at the Park Near Me

Michigan movies in the parks are back for 2024. We are highlighting some of the movies in the park near Ann Arbor.

Saline Parks returns their movie series starting with Minions: The Rise of Gru as part of their Family Campout and Super Mario Bros later this summer with Summerfest..

Movies in the Park are back at the Huron Clinton Metroparks. Our calendar includes outdoor movies in the park 2024 near us at Hudson Mills, Lower Huron, and Kensington. They also have 2024 movies in the park at Stony Creek Metropark which is further from Ann Arbor.

Pittsfield Township is only having one outdoor movie in August this year.

Sadly, Ann Arbor has not brought back their dive-in movies at the city pools. We also have not seen announcement for the Ypsilanti DDA movies in the park or Washtenaw County Movies in the park.

Ann Arbor Drive-In Movie Theaters Options

A Drive-In is the classic way to watch an outdoor movie. There is no drive in movie in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, but there are a couple in close driving distance. They all offer double features, which makes for a late night.

The Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth is the closest drive in movie theater to Ann Arbor. They are open on Wednesdays-Sundays in the summer. They open for sneak peek weekends in May and open full time on June 7. Check out our tips for seeing a movie at the drive-in theater.

After attending one of their 2023 sneak peek weekends, we have one request. PLEASE don’t run your car for the entire movie. We had someone who went retro at the drive-in with a 1960s muscle car park next to us. They ran the engine the entire time and the exhaust fumes were overwhelming.

The Ford Drive-In is in Dearborn. They are open nightly in the summer. They offer several double features each night.

The US-23 Drive-In is in Flint. They are open nightly with double features.

Our friends at Metro Detroit Mommy have a few more Drive-Ins listed for Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties.

Ann Arbor Movies in the Park and other Outdoor Movies

Date/TimeEvent
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06/07/2024
6:30pm-11:00pm

Movie in the Park: Minions: The Rise of Gru
at Mill Pond Park, Saline Michigan
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06/08/2024
6:00pm-9:00pm

Movies in the Parks: Migration
at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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06/18/2024
9:30pm-11:05pm

Napoleon Dynamite 20th Anniversary - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/19/2024
9:30pm-11:50pm

The Color Purple Musical - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/20/2024
9:30pm-11:20pm

Sing - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/25/2024
9:30pm-11:15pm

Little Shop of Horrors - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/26/2024
9:30pm-11:55pm

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 20th Anniversary - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/27/2024
9:30pm-11:15pm

Turning Red - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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06/30/2024
10:00pm-11:55pm

Barbie - Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/02/2024
7:30pm-9:30pm

Movie in the Park - Wonka
at Kensington Metropark, Milford Michigan
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08/09/2024
6:30pm-11:00pm

Movie in the Park: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
at Henne Field, Saline Michigan
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08/23/2024
7:30pm-10:00pm

Movie in the Park
at Lillie Park, Ann Arbor MI
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08/24/2024
6:00pm-9:00pm

Movie in the Park - Migration
at Lower Huron Metropark, Belleville Michigan

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