Any movie buff will tell you that one of the elements of a great movie is great scenery. And Detroit summer nights – warm breezes, plush lawns, starry nights and the city’s skyline – set the perfect scene for a great outdoor movie night. All summer, several Detroit parks have hosted free movies and August is your last chance to catch one this year. Here’s where you can view the final films this month:
Chevrolet Plaza At Little Caesars Arena
Summer concerts aren’t the only exciting events at Little Caesars Arena. Just outside the venue, Chevrolet Plaza will be finishing up its free Summer Cinema Series with the popular Disney flick “Moana” on Tuesday, August 13. The plaza opens at 6:30 p.m. and hosts games and activities before the movie begins at 7:30. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the movie, which will be presented on the plaza’s 50-foot video board. Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks will be available at discounted prices and alcoholic beverages can be purchased by attendees who are 21 years old or older. You’ll find complimentary parking at the Henry West Garage on the Fisher Service Drive.
“Moana” is a family-friendly animated film about a teenage girl drawn to the ocean and to adventure. When her island suffers blight and drought, Moana sets sail in search of a way to save her people with the help of a demigod named Maui. The movie runs a total of 113 minutes and is rated PG.
Tuesday, August 13 – “Moana”
New Center Park
If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night, grab a blanket or lawn chair and head over to New Center Park for one of its Friday Night Movies. There are only two more showings this summer: “Arctic Tale” on August 23 and “Mary Poppins Returns” on August 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movies start around 8:30 (or whenever the sun sets). While there are no outside food or beverages allowed, the park features a grill that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and snacks. Patrons of legal drinking age can also purchase wine, beer or mixed drinks from a licensed bar. Since it’s an outdoor event, the movie may be postponed or canceled due to inclement weather. The park recommends checking its Facebook or Twitter page for cancellations and updates.
“Arctic Tale” is a documentary following a mother walrus and her calf as well as a mother polar bear and her cubs throughout their lives in the vast frozen wilderness. The 96-minute film is rated G and sends a message about the effects of global warming on these animals in addition to the rest of the artic wildlife.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is the sequel to the 1964 classic film “Mary Poppins.” This 2018 sequel focuses on the magical nanny who returns after 25 years to help the now-grown Banks children and their family. The film has a PG rating and lasts 130 minutes.
Friday, August 23 – “Arctic Tale”
Friday, August 30 – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Campus Martius Park:
When you want something a little less kid-friendly, check out the last two movies at Campus Martius’ Movie Nights in the D. The final showings, “Bohemian Rhapsody” on August 17 and “Crazy Rich Asians” on August 24, are both rated PG-13. Campus Martius Park features several tables and chairs in addition to grassy space to sprawl out on your blanket or lawn chair. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the showings. The movies start at 8 p.m., but you may want to show up early as the lawn fills up fast. Located in the heart of the city, Campus Martius Park also features a beach and licensed bar along with several nearby restaurants.
Named after one of Queen’s most popular songs, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a celebration of the band’s wild success and the extraordinary life of front man Freddie Mercury. It chronicles Queen’s beginnings and follows the band all the way through to their 1985 performance at Live Aid, which is still considered one of the greatest live performances in music history. The film runs a total of 133 minutes.
Based on the novel of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a romantic comedy that follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore with her longtime boyfriend to attend his friend’s wedding. Unbeknownst to Rachel, her boyfriend and his family are (as the movie’s title suggests) crazy rich, and Rachel must now deal with this surprising information along with her boyfriend’s disapproving mother. This movie lasts 121 minutes.
Saturday, August 17 – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Saturday, August 24 – “Crazy Rich Asians”