Austin is a nature lover’s paradise, with a climate that allows residents to spend time outdoors most of the year. Host city for the SXSW Film Conference, the capital city is also a Mecca for film enthusiasts. So it’s no surprise we’ve found some fun and unique ways to combine our passion for movies with our penchant for outdoor activities. Check out these popular outdoor movie venues for Summer 2012.
Republic Square Movies in the Park
Austin Parks and Recreation in partnership with Alamo Draft house sponsor a series of free outdoor movies in Republic Square (422 Guadalupe). The movie starts at dusk, and viewers are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the pre-show entertainment for children. Food vendors will also be on site. Bring your dogs, but leave the glass and styrofoam containers and alcoholic beverages at home.
This season’s schedule is as follows:
Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 pm – “Midnight in Paris”
Thursday, May 10 at 8:15 pm – “Princess Mononoke”
Friday, June 1 at 8:30 pm – “Jurassic Park”
Thursday, Sept 6 at 7:45 pm – “Best of ACL” (concert film clips from Austin City Limits)
Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:00 pm – “Labyrinth”
Thursday, Nov 8 – 5:45 pm – “Soul Power”
Fiesta Gardens Eastside Movies in the Park
Fiesta Gardens (2101 Bergman Ave) hosts Eastside Movies in the Park the first Tuesday of the month. The schedule so far is as follows (additional dates and flicks to be announced):
May 3 – “Whale Rider”
June 7 – “Dazed and Confused”
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is scheduled for Aug 13. The festival features films about kayaking, canoeing and other topics of interest to paddle sports enthusiasts.
Deep Eddy Pool Splash Nights
For a truly unique outdoor movie experience, grab your favorite flotation device and head down to Deep Eddy Pool (401 Deep Eddy Ave). Deep Eddy is the oldest man made swimming pool in Texas, and has recently undergone extensive renovations
Splash nights normally begin in late June, and feature a different movie every week. The 2012 schedule hasn’t been released yet, but it’s sure to be packed with family friendly flicks.
Splash nights are popular with outdoor buffs looking to cool down on those hot summer nights in July and August. The pool’s regular entry fee of $3 covers you for the movie, as well.
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