Summertime isn't just for patios, parks, and pools. It's also a time to take in bombastic flicks. Whether you're looking to sit outside in the park or need an excuse to bask in air-conditioning, the Twin Cities have plenty of options for you to get your movie fix. Below is a list of some of the more unusual, beloved, and booze-fueled film screenings of the season.
Brit's Summer Movie Series
Every Monday, August 15 through September 5, Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis clears the lawn bowlers from its rooftop greensward for an outdoor screening of British cinema. The schedule of films will be announced closer to the end of summer, but rest assured you'll be well entertained, well fed, and well boozed. Head over a little before the show starts at 8:30 p.m., grab a pint of Guinness, and watch the sun go down. Visit www.britspub.com for more information. Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908.
Join Intermedia Arts this summer for a series showcasing films from communities of color. For more information, visit www.intermediaarts.org. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444.
Cinema and Civics
This year Cinema and Civics revisits their most popular screenings every Wednesday in June. The night begins at 7:45 p.m. with live music and snacks for sale, followed by family-friendly movies at dusk. These greatest hits include Purple Rain (June 8), Labyrinth (June 15), and Ghostbusters (June 22). For more information on the lineup of films or cancellations in inclement weather, visit www.facebook.com/cinemaandcivics. Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Late Night at the Riverview
When you're settled into your theater seat, watching your favorite movie, jangling all that extra pocket change from your uber-cheap ($3!) movie tickets, you'll relish the truth: Sometimes the best things happen late at night. Starting June 10 and running all the way through September 10, the Riverview Theater will screen various classics such as The Shining, The Goonies, Fight Club, and Shaun of the Dead. Showtime is 11:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. For more information or to see the full lineup, visit www.riverviewtheater.com. Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-7369.
Midnight Movies at Uptown Theatre
Earlier this month, the Uptown celebrated its 100th anniversary. This summer, the theater will continue to do what it does best, screening quirky, iconic, hard-to-find, and enduring classics at midnight screenings. The upcoming schedule is Prince-heavy, with Graffiti Bridge, Under the Cherry Moon, and Purple Rain on the schedule. Batman, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Fifth Element will also delight midnight stoners, late-night romantics, and caffeine-loaded college kids each Friday and Saturday night.
Monday Movie Nights
Before you hit the light rail for home, head to dinner and then take in a movie by the Target Field Station, where they'll be screening flicks on Monday nights at 7 p.m. The lineup includes The Goonies (June 13), The Sandlot (June 20), and Big (June 27). Screenings are free.
Movies in the Parks
For free movies under the starry Minneapolis sky, look no further than your favorite local park. From now to August 22, the Minneapolis Park Board is bringing over 70 free film screenings to neighborhoods across the city. And if you're willing to drive, you'll find a movie playing nearly every evening this summer, Monday through Saturday, starting at around 15 minutes after sunset. The films are all family-friendly, of course, but the well-rounded lineup will offer something for park goers of all ages. For a full list, visit www.mplsmusicandmovies.com.
Music and Movies in the Park
Como Dockside is teaming up with Sound Unseen for outdoor movies this June. Musical performances will warm up the crowd at 7 p.m., followed by screenings at dusk. On the schedule are The Neverending Story (June 11) and The Princess Bride (June 18). For updates and more info, visit www.facebook.com/comodockside. Movies continue at other St. Paul parks through July.
Summer Music and Movies in Loring Park
The Hennepin/Lyndale/Loring Park juncture is a total clusterfuck this summer. While Cat Video Festival has moved to St. Paul, and the Walker's artsy mini-golf has retreated to the rooftop, the museum's Music and Movies in the Park series will carry on as usual in Loring Park every Monday at 8:45 p.m., August 8-22. Things kick off with a screening of A Hard Day's Night, with Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart warming up the crowd musically. The rest of the schedule includes musical act the Pines paired with Hairspray (August 8), Mixed Blood Majority with Wayne's World (August 15), and Bruise Violet and Big Cats with Man with a Movie Camera (August 22). Live music happens at 7 p.m. The event is completely gratis. More details at www.walkerart.org. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600.
Traveling Patio Picture Show
Trash Film Debauchery will be traveling to a variety of pubs and bars this summer to screen amazingly awful flicks on patios. You're going to need that beer. The lineup includes Bloody Birthday at Dark Horse (June 21), Cool as Ice at Club Jager (July 28), and Pootie Tang at Mackenzie's Pub (August 30). Follow Trash Film at www.facebook.com/groups/TrashFilmDebauchery.
Throughout the year, Trylon microcinema brings in a wide variety of flicks, with silver-screen classics, obscure films, world premieres, and cult movies. This summer the schedule continues to be full. A Spike Lee Joint covers the director's early films like She's Gotta Have It, Ozploitation showcases Australian grindhouse flicks, the monthly Tape Freaks invites audiences to $5 for a surprise movie that time forgot, and Trash Film Debauchery will also be screening awesome crap at Trylon. Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-424-5468.