Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in numerous communities across Maryland. The experience allows viewers to enjoy food, drink and good company in a variety of casual settings while seeing the stars under the stars.
Here are a dozen locations in Maryland that have free, outdoor movies. In some instances, viewers can purchase food and drink on-site.
National Harbor, Prince George’s County – Located along the edge of the Potomac River, National Harbor presents free movies on the Plaza during the summer. Family-fun movies are on Sundays through Sept. 1. (Coolers and outside food are not permitted.) National Harbor has more than 30 eateries, 40 retailers and six hotels.
Ellicott City, Howard County – The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St. in the historic area, shows movies in its parking lot on Saturday nights through September. A wine tasting is available prior to each movie. Coolers of ice are available to chill wine and beer. Historic Ellicott City has an assortment of antiques and specialty shops, galleries, and eateries.
Little Italy, Baltimore – Cinema al Fresco is a series of Italian-related films on Friday nights in July and August. The movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella (a restaurant at High and Stiles streets) from the third-floor window of a private home. Folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Live music starts at 7 p.m. with free popcorn. Little Italy has nearly 30 eateries – some offer carry-out and movie-night specials.
Ocean City, Worcester County – Movies on the Beach - Free movies on the beach for the entire family! Bring your beach chair or a blanket and enjoy the night beside the ocean. Wednesdays - June 5-August 28 - 8:30 p.m. - Carousel Resort Hotel, 118th Street Mondays & Fridays - June 24-August 9 - 8:30 p.m. - 27th Street Thursdays - July 11-August 29 - 8:30 p.m. - Princess Royale, 91st Street Special showing on July 2. No movie will be shown on July 4, 2013.