Best summer film events in the Twin Cities

Walker Art Center presents Summer Music and Movies

THE 48-HOUR FILM PROJECT. Earlier this month, a group of adventurous Minnesota filmmakers was given 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit short films in a randomly decided genre and incorporating a specific character, prop, and line of dialogue. The best work from that frenzied two days of filmmaking will be shown at the Riverview Theater on Thursday. For more information, visit

Best of the Minneapolis 48-Hour Film Project: Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.729.7369

BRIT'S SUMMER MOVIE SERIES. The pub continues its annual summer series of great British films, shown on its rooftop garden.

  • August 1 Arthur (1981)
  • August 8 Paul
  • August 15 Scoop
  • August 22 The King's Speech
  • August 29 Robin Hood
  • September 5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332-3908

CINEMA & CIVICS. The summer movie series in Stevens Square Park has begun its eighth season, with free films, activities, live music, and presentations by community leaders. Feature films will be screened at dusk, preceded by music and a short movie by a local filmmaker. Wednesday evenings through July 27. Music begins at 8 p.m. (bands in parentheses). More information at

  • June 22 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Red Pens)
  • June 29 Back to the Future (Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles)
  • July 6 Beetlejuice (BadNRad)
  • July 13 The Dark Crystal (Hastings 3000)
  • July 20 Short films by local moviemakers (the Goondas)
  • July 27 North by Northwest (Charlie Parr)

Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis.

THE FILM SOCIETY OF MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL. The Film Society has a full summer program of art films and indies on its home screen at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

  • June 24-30 Earthwork
  • July 1-7 Road to Nowhere
  • July 8-14 Trigun: Badlands Rumble
  • July 8-14 "Les Trois Histoires," featuring classic films exploring life in Paris between world wars, including The Sun Also Rises and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • July 15-21 Ghost From the Machine
  • August 12-18 Polish Film Fest

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.331.4723

LATE NIGHT AT THE RIVERVIEW. The Riverview Theater in Minneapolis will show late-night movies on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, beginning at 11:30 p.m.

  • June 24-25 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • July 1-2 Groundhog Day
  • July 8-9 Jaws
  • July 15-16 Batman
  • July 22-23 Alien
  • July 29-30 The Big Lebowski
  • August 5-6 The Matrix
  • August 12-13 Serenity
  • August 19-20 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • August 26-27 16 Candles
  • September 2-3 Die Hard

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.729.7369

MIDNIGHT MADNESS. The Uptown Theatre continues its long-running series of cult-film classics every Friday and Saturday at midnight.

Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.825.6006

MOVIES IN THE PARKS. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board presents more than 80 popular movies at parks throughout the city. The free screenings, running through August 30, begin at dusk and include new releases such as Despicable Me, Green Hornet, and Toy Story 3, classics like E.T., Stand by Me, and Princess Bride, documentaries, and family films. Visit for a full list of parks and movies.

SOLERA MOVIES ON THE ROOFTOP. Recent Hollywood favorites screen on the roof of Solera Restaurant, Wednesdays at dusk.

  • June 22 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • June 29 The Ring
  • July 6 Grown-Ups
  • July 13 The Big Lebowski
  • July 20 Inception
  • July 27 Letters to Juliet
  • August 3 The Social Network
  • August 10 Pineapple Express
  • August 17 Life As We Know It
  • August 24 The Town
  • August 31 Anchorman
  • September 7 Source Code
  • September 14 Shawn of the Dead
  • September 21 The Resident
  • September 28 300

Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.0062

SUMMER MUSIC & MOVIES. The Walker Art Center revives its hugely popular summer entertainment series in Loring Park (August 1-15) and the Walker Open Field (August 22). The Monday-evening events are free and will showcase bands from the Twin Cities' diverse music scene, followed by an outdoor movie. This year's movie fest borrows its theme from the Walker exhibit "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870." Music begins at 7 p.m., with films at dusk. The movies and musicians (in parentheses) are listed below.

  • August 1 Rear Window (Haley Bonar)
  • August 8 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (No Bird Sing)
  • August 15 Blow-Up (Buffalo Moon)
  • August 22 Spies (Dark Dark Dark and the Modern Times Spychestra)

Loring Park, Willow Street at 14th Street West, Minneapolis
Walker Art Center Open Field, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

SUPER OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES AT ST. PAUL CENTRAL LIBRARY. This year the library will be showing movies based on superheroes, screening every Friday at dusk through July. The free films are shown on the lawn of the library's Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard (bring your own chair or blanket).

  • June 24 Darkman
  • July 1 Supergirl
  • July 8 The Mask
  • July 15 Batman (1989)
  • July 22 Unbreakable
  • July 29 Superman II

St. Paul Central Library, Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard, 90 W. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651.222.3242

THE TRYLON. The biggest little theater in the Twin Cities will screen several series based on intriguing themes.

  • July 1-3 Films of documentarian Errol Morris
  • July 8-10 Films of Robert Altman (includes a July 7 screening at Heights Theatre)
  • July 15-17 Films of Dario Argento
  • July 22-24 Films of Harold Lloyd
  • July 29-31 On the Bowery
  • July 31-August 8 Films of Billy Wilder

Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.424.5468

TWIN CITIES FILM FEST. The second annual festival will show 35 to 40 films. The screenings run September 20-25. Visit for more information.

Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon at the West End, Park Place Boulevard and West 16th Street, St. Louis Park; 612.568.0375.

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