It’s the perfect time of year for an outdoor movie

As the summer air warms the Capital City, local events migrate outdoors—movies included. But outdoor movies bring more benefits than just enjoying the fresh air in a relaxed setting. Cozy up on a blanket while avoiding overpriced candy bars and pricier evening theater tickets. Here are some upcoming movie nights around town.


Main Library at Goodwood

Bring the kids and a lawn chair to Movies on the Plaza every Friday in June for a free family flick. Pack a picnic basket with your movie-viewing favorites or purchase snacks from the visiting food trucks.

“We love seeing so many different segments of the community mix it up at Movies on the Plaza. We also like to shatter the stereotypes of a ‘shush-y’ and unwelcoming building—since for some, this might be their first exposure to a modern library,” says Mary Stein, assistant library director. Here’s the summer movie schedule. ebrpl.com

June 7
Bring your kids to watch Elsa and Anna in Disney’s Frozen, 7 p.m.

June 14
Be inspired by island and ocean adventures  in Disney’s Moana, 7 p.m.

June 21
Settle in for an action-packed evening with Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, 7 p.m.

June 28
Don’t miss the last outdoor movie in the summer series, The Lego Movie 2, 7 p.m.

Baton Rouge Gallery

There’s something dreamy about a Louisiana summer evening, and that feeling is perfectly captured by Baton Rouge Gallery’s summer film series. Movies & Music on the Lawn features silent films accompanied by live, original scores from local bands. The outdoor showing faces BREC’s City-Brooks Community Park, and the $7 ticket still beats the movie theater price—plus it includes popcorn.

This summer marks the series’ 21st year. The lineup, presented by Pop Shop Records, is one for the books. Here’s a peek. batonrougegallery.org

May 31
Listen to Captain Green’s original score for Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances, 8:30-10 p.m.

June 29
Check out Wumbo and its indie-rock style with The Last Laugh, 8-10 p.m.

July 27
Local composers Cohen Hartman, John Madere and Ben Livingston collaborate to score The Phantom Carriage, 8-10 p.m.

Aug. 31
It’s kids night at Movies & Music on the Lawn. Listen to Baton Rouge’s youngest additions to the music scene with Baton Rouge Music Studios performing the score for the classic The Wizard of Oz, 8-10 p.m.


Downtown Baton Rouge

Downtown is already an epicenter for events, so it makes sense that the district would get in on the outdoor movie action. Movies are shown on the television screen in Galvez Plaza at sundown on a recurring basis.

Grab a to-go box from one of several restaurants in the area, and cozy up on the lawn. This summer’s schedule has not yet been released, but visit downtownbatonrouge.org/events for updates.

This article was originally published in the May 2019 issue of 225 Magazine.