Some of us think about summer movies and it brings to mind sitting in recliners, in air-conditioned multiplex theaters, to view the latest blockbuster full of explosions.
But it can also mean watching a movie outside, for free, that the entire family can attend and enjoy while chilling on a blanket or dining on items from a picnic basket.
Enjoy these five options, all set in park areas, where you can take in a movie and the great outdoors at the same time.
GUTHRIE GREEN: MOVIES IN THE PARK
The Guthrie Green movie series — with films showing about 8:30 p.m. Thursdays — returns for another year of watching on the lawn, with room to bring a picnic or plenty of options for food around the park. Several movies are still to be scheduled, but this weekly series continues through October.
June 27: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
July 11: “Captain Marvel”
July 25: “Aquaman”
GATHERING PLACE: COX MOVIE NIGHT SERIES
A new option for screening free outdoor movies for families is at Gathering Place, which is working with Cox Communications to debut the Cox Movie Night Series.
In addition to eight free movie events, each night on the park’s Great Lawn will reportedly feature added entertainment with a theme connected to that night’s movie.
The scheduled Cox Movie Night Series events, set for 7:30 p.m., are:
June 19: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
July 17: “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World”
July 31: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Aug. 21: “Dumbo”
Sept. 18: “The Little Mermaid”
Oct. 16: “Avengers: Endgame”
Oct. 25 double-feature: “Casper” and “Ghostbusters”
CHAPMAN GREEN ARTS SERIES
The Chapman Green Arts Series, presented by Tulsa Mayfest, began its inaugural season last week and continues with two more Friday night movies at Chapman Green, 605 S. Main St.
The evenings will include other art-related activities as well, and those attending can pack a picnic for the lawn.
The films begin at 9 p.m., with “Mary Poppins Returns” showing Friday, June 21, and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” on Friday, June 28.
RIVERWALK JENKS: COCA-COLA FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
This weekly series will take place Monday nights at Riverwalk Jenks, from about 6-10 p.m. with inflatables for the children to enjoy, train rides priced at $5 and the evening’s family-friendly movie beginning about 8:45 p.m. in the amphitheater area (which can fill up fast, so bringing lawn chairs is a good idea).
June 24: “A Dog’s Way Home”
July 1: “Smallfoot”
July 8: “The House with a Clock in its Walls”
July 15: “Mary Poppins Returns”
July 22: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
July 29: “Christopher Robin”
Aug. 5: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse”
Aug. 12: “Early Man”
Aug. 19: “The Incredibles”
Aug. 26: “Wonder”
JENKS DOWNTOWN COMMONS: SUMMER IN THE PARK MUSIC AND MOVIES
Plan for a full night of entertainment: On the third Thursday of each month from June-August, arrive at Downtown Commons in Jenks and listen to some music, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a movie on the lawn of the park.
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It starts this week, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 20, with a showing of baseball-movie favorite “The Sandlot.” Upcoming dates should be July 18 and Aug. 15.