Summer Mega List of Free Movies in the Park

Sure, you can go out to a movie the usual way — $12 a pop in a dark theater —  or you can enjoy movies in the park, under the stars and leafy trees. Plus, most are free. Communities all over Utah are setting up projectors for movies in the park this summer. Many open with family activities and performances by local entertainers, and while most of the movies in the park are still pretty fresh from theaters (like Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, Small Foot and Ralph Breaks the Internet, some civic organizations are showing nostalgic throwbacks like Cool Runnings, Space Jam and The Empire Strikes Back. No matter what you see, show up early. You may not find room for your oversized YETI cooler once that family of 10 with the Twister mat and a quilt for each kid shows up. Don’t see a park near you on this page? Check your city’s website or Facebook page.

Movies in the Park – Salt Lake County

  • Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights
    July 26, 2019: Celebrate Butlerville Days with bingo, carnival rides and more before watching Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse at dusk for free. Come back the next night for fireworks.
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  • Draper Amphitheater, 1020 E. Pioneer Road, Draper — Enjoy a free movie at dusk on the amphitheater’s 32-foot screen. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 8 p.m.
    July 18, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet
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  • The Gateway — Get there early, and show a receipt from The Gateway for a chance to win a $50 gift card. The plaza will open for guests at 7:30 p.m., and the film starts at dusk.
    July 3, 2019: Ready Player One
    July 10, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet
    July 17, 2019: First Man
    July 23, 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody
    July 31, 2019: Despicable Me
    Aug. 7, 2019: Incredibles 2
    Aug. 14, 2019: 10 Things I Hate About You
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  • Herriman City — Herriman residents have their pick of three films and three different screening venues.
    July 30, 2019: The Lion King at Megaplex at The District ($4 tickets, time TBA)
    Aug. 16, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet at the Zions Bank Real Academy Indoor Training Facility, pre-movie activities at 6 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.
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  • Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, 5624 S. Cougar Lane, Kearns — Movies will be shown at either the Chomper’s Cove USA celebration area (hosted by KOPFC) or the Park Pavilion (hosted by Utah Olympic Oval). Show up at 8 p.m., movies at sundown.
    July 12, 2019: Captain Marvel (Chomper’s Cove USA)
    July 19, 2019: Bumblebee (Park Pavilion)
    Aug. 2, 2019: Small Foot (Chomper’s Cove USA)
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  • Millcreek — Millcreek’s Venture Out! program will bring outdoor activities, music, food trucks and movies to locations across town throughout the summer.
    July 5, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns at Scott Avenue Park
    July 12, 2019: Incredibles 2 at Big Cottonwood Park
    July 19, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at Sunnyvale Park
    July 26, 2019: The LEGO Movie at Canyon Rim Park
    Aug. 2, 2019: Little Rascals silent shorts at Evergreen Park
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  • Pleasant Green Park, 3252 S. 8400 West, Magna — Show up at 8 p.m. for a concert before each screening at sundown.
    July 5, 2019: Captain Marvel
    July 12, 2019: Incredibles 2
    July 19, 2019: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    July 26, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War
    Aug. 2, 2019: The LEGO Movie 2
    Aug. 9, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    Aug. 16, 2019: TBD
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  • Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City — Sundance Institute will screen a handful of the Sundance Film Festival’s buzzworthy features at Red Butte this summer. Along with the films, Sundance promises guest appearances, lawn games and food vendors. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., films start at dusk. (The series also features screenings in Coalville, Ogden, St. George and Park City.)
    July 3, 2019: Get Out
    July 9, 2019: Abe
    July 17, 2019: Eighth Grade
    July 31, 2019: The Cockettes
    Aug 21, 2019: Community Choice (Vote for your pick among Leave No Trace, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Band Aid, Me and You and Everyone We Know and Little Miss Sunshine.)
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  • Salt Lake City’s Friday Night Flicks — Salt Lake City will show free movies at different parks throughout the city for seven straight Fridays (and one Saturday). Films start around 9 p.m., but show up early for music from K-Bull 93, food trucks (at select screenings), popcorn, giveaways, lawn games and more.
    June 14, 2019: Big Hero 6 at Lindsey Gardens
    June 21, 2019: The Astronaut Farmer at Jordan Park
    June 28, 2019: Evan Almighty at Reservoir Park
    June 29, 2019: World War Z at Liberty Park
    July 5, 2019: Apollo 13 at Riverside Park
    July 12, 2019: The LEGO Batman Movie at Fairmont Park
    July 19, 2019: Twister at Wasatch Hollow Park
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  • Sandy’s 2019 Summer of Movies — Catch six films at different parks in Sandy throughout June and July. Films start at dusk. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be on hand.
    June 14, 2019: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at River Oaks Golf Course
    June 21, 2019: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse at Flat Iron Park
    June 28, 2019: Megamind at Wildflower Park
    July 12, 2019: Hocus Pocus at High Point Park
    July 19, 2019: Moana at Buttercup Park
    July 26, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns at Bell Canyon Park
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  • Snowbird Resort — Catch movies on the Snowbird Tram Deck throughout the summer. Shows start about 30 minutes after sunset, and picnic tables are available around the perimeter. Lawn chairs are also welcome. Get popcorn and drinks from The Birdfeeder before your film, or bring your own.
    June 21, 2019: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    June 28, 2019: Wasatch Mountain Film Festival
    July 5, 2019: Never Ending Story
    July 12, 2019: Up
    July 19, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon
    July 26, 2019: Angels in the Outfield
    Aug. 2, 2019: Grease
    Aug. 9, 2019: Goonies
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Movies in the Park — Summit County

  • Basin Recreation Movies in the Park — Throughout the summer, Basin Recreation will show movies in Park City parks, and you get to help pick the first screening of the season.
    July 20, 2019: Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Espan͂ol at Ecker Hill Middle School
    Aug. 10, 2019: Storm Boy, drive-in style at Prospector Square ($9–$30 tickets)
    Aug. 23, 2019: TBD at Trailside Park
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  • Sundance Institute Summer Film SeriesThe Sundance Institute will screen past Sundance Film Festival favorites at Red Butte Garden and around the state the state this summer, including two screenings in Park City and one in Coalville.
  • Tuesday, July 9 Abe, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City (Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Film starts at dusk.)
    July 12, 2019: Top End Wedding at The Ray Theatre, Park City (indoor screening, doors open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Eighth Grade, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, (Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Film starts at dusk.)
    July 19, 2019: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind at Ledges Event Center, Coalville (show up at 7:30 p.m. to swap conventional lightbulbs for LED bulbs for free, thanks to Summit Community Power Works; film begins at dusk)
    July 26, 2019: RBG at City Park, Park City (film starts at dusk)
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Movies in the Park — Davis County

  • Smith Park, 300 N. 100 East, Centerville — Screenings start at dusk.
    July 19, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet
    July 26, 2019: The LEGO Movie 2
    Aug. 2, 2019: Peter Rabbit
    Aug. 9, 2019: Incredibles 2
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  • Layton Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton — Pre-movie activities start at 6:30 p.m.; films start at 7:30 p.m.
    July 12, 2019: The Greatest Showman
    July 19, 2019: Tangled
    Aug. 2, 2019: The Emperor’s New Groove
    Aug. 9, 2019: Matilda
    Aug. 23, 2019: You’ve Got Mail
    Aug. 30, 2019: Guardians of the Galaxy
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  • Forbush Park, 100 Main Street, Farmington — Farmington will kick off a week celebrating its Festival Days and Farmington High School’s first school year with a screening of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone. Food trucks at 7 p.m., movie at dusk.
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Movies in the Park — Utah County

  • Spring Acres Arts Park, 700 S. 1300 East, Springville — Gates open at 7 p.m., and films start at dusk. Food trucks will be on site.
    July 8, 2019: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
    July 15, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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  • Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point, 3900 Garden Drive, Lehi — Screenings are free for Thanksgiving Point members. Everyone else will pay Ashton Gardens admission prices. Show up early to enjoy the stately gardens before the film.
    July 12, 2019: The LEGO Movie 2
    July 19, 2019: The Emperor’s New Groove
    July 26, 2019: Napoleon Dynamite
    Aug. 2, 2019: Incredibles 2
    Aug. 9, 2019: The Empire Strikes Back
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Movies in the Park — Weber County

  • Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th Street, Ogden — Grab snacks from The Backstage Bistro at the amphitheater, or bring your own. Screenings start at dusk. On July 8, Shrek and Shrek 2 will be shown in Spanish. On July 1, Jurassic Park will be shown at the Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park.
    July 8, 2019: Shrek, Shrek 2 (Spanish)
    July 15, 2019: Maverick
    July 22, 2019: Crazy Rich Asians, Dirty Dancing
    July 29, 2019: Hearts Beat Loud; To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Hearts Beat Loud is part of Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series.)
    Aug. 5, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Aug. 12, 2019: Remember the Titans
    Aug. 19, 2019: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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  • Snowbasin Resort — Kid’s activities, mini-golf and food and dinner specials will be available until 6 p.m. Screenings start at dusk.
    July 8, 2019: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
    July 15, 2019: Aquaman
    July 22, 2019: Incredibles 2
    July 29, 2019: The Karate Kid (Original)
    Aug. 5, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War
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Movies in the Park — St. George

  • Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, 255 S. 700 East — In collaboration with DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, Sundance Institute will present an indoor screening of Science Fair on Aug. 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a Q&A with the co-directors will follow the screening.
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  • St. George Town Square, 50 S. Main Street — Catch a free movie every second and fourth Friday night through August. Screenings start at sundown.
    July 12, 2019: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
    July 26, 2019: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    Aug. 9, 2019: Footloose
    Aug. 23, 2019: The LEGO Movie 2
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Jaime Winston
Jaime Winston
Jaime is a contributing writer for Salt Lake magazine. Formerly, he served as our editorial intern, then as our assistant web editor, and, finally, as our web editor. While he covers many different topics, he is especially interested in nerdy entertainment, from FanX's artist alley to Sundance's Midnight screenings.
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