Seven free flicks for July.
While July is a lot about enjoying the outdoors, living it up in the sun, and heading to the beach, there’s just something about seeing a movie on a summer night. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of watching a movie you’ve seen 100 times with your best friends, or it’s the thrill of catching up with some friends while feasting your eyes on a film you’ve never seen before.
Well, with these seven opportunities, you can do just that. And here’s the best part: none of these films will cost you a penny to get in. From catching a flick under the stars on Gateway plaza to chillin’ out at the Union, here’s seven summer screenings that you gotta see.
7.10 Captain America: Civil War @ The Ohio Union
Also in the Senate Chamber is Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” one of the franchise’s best. Come to the Union for free to watch Cap and Iron Man force the Avengers to choose sides, leading to some of the most epic fight sequences in any superhero film to date. Make sure you’ve caught up on your Marvel knowledge beforehand, though, as this is a pivotal movie for the past and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In other words, spoilers galore!
7.11 Back to the Future @ Gateway
You don’t need 1.21 gigawatts to see this sci-fi classic. But if you have a DeLorean, definitely bring it. Gateway is bringing “Back to the Future” back to Columbus for a free movie on their plaza. Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets to come watch the movie, and show up a little early for some special-themed drinks and World of Beer specials. Marty, you don’t want to miss this one.
7.12 Angels In The Outfield @ Thompson Park, Upper Arlington
Taking place in Thompson Park, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this outdoor movie experience. Upper Arlington is showing this baseball classic about a kid whose prayers about the California Angels winning the pennant are answered, by literal angels. This combination of the lovely outdoors and a classic kids film is too rare to pass up.
7.13 Lion King @ Bexley Pool
Try your hardest to not cry your eyes out in the beginning of the movie when Mufasa makes the most malicious move in Disney movie history. Worst case scenario, just take some pool water and splash it in your face. You weren’t crying, there was just something in your eye. Once you get past that part, it’s all good. You know and love these characters, and the heartwarming story can help put your mind at ease that class kicks up in a few weeks.
7.13 Coco @ The Columbus Commons
One of Pixar’s latest that is sure to make you ugly cry is making its way to Columbus Commons in the middle of the month. This is another free outdoor movie experience where you can bring out the lawn chairs and enjoy a truly impactful film about family. If that all wasn’t enough Tortilla and Jeni’s will be open for accommodations so you can cry into some really amazing ice cream at the worst.
7.19 Batman @ The Wexner Center for the Arts
This month’s Wex Drive-In for the Wexner Center is “Batman.” No, not that one, the 1989 one with Michael Keaton that is criminally overshadowed because of “The Dark Knight.” So, now you can see the classic for free, also with Jeni’s, along with Hai Poke and Seventh Son Brewing right in the Wexner Center Plaza.
7.25 Spider-Man: Homecoming@ The Ohio Union
The final Marvel film playing at the Union Senate Chamber this month is “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with the actor born to play the role, Tom Holland. Go from rooting for Keaton as Batman to despising him as the Vulture in just under a week, and do it all for free. Mr. Stark, I do feel good about this one.