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Every Outdoor Summer Movie Screening in the Twin Cities This Summer

Outdoor Summer Movie Screenings Twin Cities
Back To The Future | Universal Pictures
Back To The Future | Universal Pictures

The Twin Cities have been dunked headfirst into summer, which means plenty of mosquitos, but also rooftop drinking and outdoor movies. Grab a blanket and some buddies, and hit one or more of all the al fresco film screenings happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul this season.

Clueless
Clueless | Paramount Pictures

I Am Legend

Will Smith is the last man in a world filled with carnivorous zombies, working to save humanity from its disgustingly diseased self.

Muppet Treasure Island

Muppets. Pirates. That’s all you need to know.

Zootopia

A masterful explanation of male privilege wrapped in an adorable, animal-filled world.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

An author reminisces about his travels with a Native American elder in Lakota country.

E.T.

A kind alien named E.T. makes new friends and gets hounded by the government.

The Martian

Matt Damon becomes the first man to survive on Mars (by growing potatoes in his own crap). Presented with Spanish subtitles.

The NeverEnding Story

Fly away again with Bastian and Falkor as they battle The Nothing.

Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae lead the inspiring, Oscar-nominated charge about the black female NASA scientists who got John Glenn into orbit.

The Sandlot

Spend a summer evening with Smalls and the gang.

Jurassic World

The third sequel to the summer blockbuster once again makes you wonder why nobody there learns any lessons.

Trolls

Don’t be afraid to sing along to Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, and the rest of this cartoon’s excellent cast.

Star Wars

The classic is meant to be seen on the big screen.

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Watch Pee-wee outdoors, and try not to think of what he did indoors at the movies...

Clueless

It absolutely holds up, just like Paul Rudd’s youthful complexion.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Action, adventure, more Star Wars -- we crave all these things.

Jumanji

Revisit the Robin Williams fantasy adventure before the sequel hits theaters in six months.

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The riveting story behind Jackie Robinson’s groundbreaking career with the Brooklyn Dodgers,  presented here with Spanish subtitles.

Sing

Matthew McConaughey plays a congenial Koala trying to save his failing theater with a singing competition. What’s not to love?

Hidden Figures

Sing

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Say, “This is the worst film in the franchise” and see what happens. We dare you.

Trolls

Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Celebrate local filmmakers of color with selections including Remnants, Westbound, The Mermaid, The Big Chop. has a playground, and also some grass (for sitting).

The Princess Bride

In need of a cult classic that features swashbuckling pirates, filial revenge, giants, and the medieval Claire Underwood? As you wish.

Jaws

Well, at least Minnesotans don’t have to worry about great whites in our lakes.

Back to the Future

Make like a tree and get the hell out of your house to see this classic.

Sing

Singin' in the Rain

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor splash their way through the greatest musical of all time. Hopefully the weather cooperates for this event.
Inside Out
Inside Out | Walt Disney Studios

Jaws

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Another fun argument to be had is whether or not the ewoks are annoying. Bring it up at the screening. We dare you.

Captain America: Civil War

The Avengers fight each other this time. It is fun.

Hidden Figures

Presented with Spanish subtitles.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fences

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis spar over their well-worn marriage in St. Paulite August Wilson’s Oscar-winning masterpiece.

The Princess Bride

Mrs. Doubtfire

Yes, the cross-dressing nanny movie holds up, thanks to Robin Williams’ terrific performance.

Jumanji

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Fences

Zootopia

Top Gun

We prefer Iceman.

The Queen of Katwe

A gorgeous film about the unlikely success of Phiona, a chess prodigy from the slum of Katwe in Uganda starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Sing

Inside Out

A magnificent animated explanation of how emotions work that’ll have you laughing and weeping then laughing again.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Erase all your memories of Crystal Skull with the original. Presented with Spanish subtitles

Finding Nemo

Fish are friends, not food, at least when they’re adorable cartoons.

Pan

Hugh Jackman brings his swagger to the role of Captain Hook in this Peter Pan origin story.

Sing

Minions

Ever heard of them?

Batman Lego Movie

Will Arnett is a top three Batman, no question

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Space Jam

Maybe Michael Jordan should’ve stuck to baseball...

Batman Lego Movie

Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Celebrate local filmmakers of color with selections including Marianne, The Example, and 22 Years.

Space Jam

Kubo and the Two Strings

Young Kubo uses magic to learn his identity and battle the Moon King and other magical creatures after he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit. Typical Thursday.

Finding Dory

A sequel every bit as good as the original.

Top Gun

Finding Dory

Space Jam

Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka | Paramount Pictures

National Night Out/The Queen of Katwe

Passengers

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are the hottest two people awake on a spaceship.

The Secret Life of Pets

Find out what your pet is doing while you’re not home.

Finding Dory

Moana

The newest Disney princess hangs with The Rock and gets to sing Lin-Manuel Miranda songs. We’re jealous!

Sing

Sweet Land

A young German mail-order bride tries to build a happy Minnesota life with her Norwegian immigrant lover.

Secret Life of Pets

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Relax outside and ponder how messed up this great movie is for kids.

The Good Lie

Reese Witherspoon helps two Sudanese orphans grow accustomed to life in Kansas.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Hopefully you can make it through the park without a giant demon dog trying to possess you.

Storks

An animated story about storks who no longer deliver babies but deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Thanks, Amazon.

Moana

Moana

Drop Dead Gorgeous

An annual small-town Minnesota beauty pageant gets way out of hand with a hilarious cast including Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, and Kirstie Alley. Highly underrated.

Sing

Ghostbusters (2016)

The 2016 update is presented with Spanish subtitles.

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La La Land

Ryan Gosling teaches John Legend how to be a “pure” jazz artist while Emma Stone seeks acting fame.

Moana

Kuboana of the Two Strings

1920s Experimental Short Films by Iconic Dada Artists Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling, accompanied by Ryan Olson of Polica and the Marijuana Deathsquads

This free event takes place in the redesigned Wurtele Upper Garden adjacent to the Walker. For this special commission, Ryan Olson (Polica, Gayngs) and his all-star ensemble Marijuana Deathsquads present intriguing new live cinematic scores set to 1920s experimental short films by iconic Dada artists Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Matthew Broderick lives out every high schooler’s dream.

Toy Story

Feel like a kid again with Woody, Buzz, and the gang.

Grumpy Old Men

Put a little wintry chill in your summer with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

Sing

Hidden Figures

Sing

Fences

E.T.

Storks

The Mighty Ducks

And be sure to get a pregame burger from Mickey’s.

Secret Life of Pets

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

The pirate movie that launched the franchise that just doesn’t seem to die.

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Becki Iverson is an overstimulated millennial with multifarious passions she somehow finds time to catalog at her blog, Compendium. Follow her on Instagram for snapshots of how her brain operates, or Facebook for a shortcut to her long-form musings.