Great Parks’ outdoor park movie screenings to return

Lawn chairs are setup for patrons of Summer Cinema on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Washington Park. Summer Cinema gives the Cincinnati community a place to gather and enjoy a free movie screening and listen to a discussion about themes present in the movie.

This summer, indoor movie theaters are out, and outdoor movies are in.

In addition to Washington Park's weekly Summer Cinema event, Great Parks of Hamilton County is reintroducing its park movie showings for the first time in over a decade.

The Great Parks family-friendly events will be held on select Fridays and one Thursday this summer at various locations.

"We know people are ready to get outside and regain some normalcy," said Kim Whitton, Great Parks public engagement coordinator. "The movies in the park give us the opportunity to reconnect with some of our Trillium vendors and local food trucks to make the movie nights feel more like a mini festival than just a movie." 

Craft and art vendors will set up shop at 5 p.m. before the 7 p.m. movie showings.  Jen's Art Shop, Sharp Art Stained Glass and Artitude by Angela are among the vendors that may make appearances throughout the summer. 

No registration is necessary, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs; none will be provided. 

Children play catch as people visit the many booths setup at Summer Cinema on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Washington Park. Besides a movie screening, Summer Cinema gives local Cincinnati vendors a place to setup business for the evening.

Outdoor Movies

Friday, June 18:  "The Croods: A New Age"

Winton Woods Harbor Amphitheater, 10245 Winton Road

Thursday, July 1: "Dolittle"

Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike

Friday, Aug. 20: "Shrek"

Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, 9001 Mt. Hope Road

Children enjoy dinner at Summer Cinema on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Washington Park. Summer Cinema offered attendees a free movie screening, and gave local small businesses a place to setup and sell merchandise.

Washington Park summer cinema

Washington Park is also back on Wednesday nights with its regularly scheduled Summer Cinema — with a twist.

In addition to the typical screenings, each month the park will show "Cultural Family Movies" with the intention of creating an educational space for conversations about culture and diversity. This collaboration with Keng Enterprises' "Culture and Collabs" will include films like "Drumline" and "Coco."

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