A Guide to Outdoor Movies in the Tampa Bay Area

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There is no better time to watch outdoor movies in Tampa than during the spring and summer months. With spring now launching itself upon the city, it’s time to review some of the best Tampa movie night venues that hold outdoor movie events. Don’t forget to bring some chairs and a blanket when attending an outdoor movie, and enjoy a fun and affordable experience with family or loved ones.

Dive-in Movies

Bring the children to the St. Pete Beach city pool and enjoy family films mixed with a dose of entertainment. Kids can enjoy a spray play area and two fun water slides. Families are encouraged to bring their swimming gear and chairs for film viewing. The park opens at 8 PM on Wednesdays in July. Movies include Space Jam and Cars 2.

Tampa Movie Night
Photo Credit: St. Pete Beach Community Center‎

City of Tampa – Movies in the Park

Water Works Park offers a free movie night the entire family will enjoy. Every Saturday night at 8 PM, starting in April, visitors to the park can enjoy a film and a cheap night. Concessions are available at an affordable price, and people are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets.

Movies on the Patio

Every Tuesday, the Dali Museum hosts a cult classic film with special host, female impersonator Kori Stevens, hosting each film. Guests are encouraged to attend in movie attire. Films on their movie list include Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and The Big Lebowski. Admission is free.

Flicks and Food Trucks

15+ food trucks, live music and a PG or PG13 movie make this monthly event (every 3rd Thursday of the month) a must for locals. Located at Grand Central at Kennedy 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. facebook.com/flicksandfoodtrucks/

Flick and Float

Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool offers Friday outdoor movie nights in July. Movies are slated to begin at 9 p.m., and admission costs $5. Families are invited to play in the pool, play games, eat free hot dogs, participate in crafts, and enjoy contests. Movies include Dr. Suess’ The Lorax, School of Rock, and Thunderstruck.

St. Pete Movies in the Park

Every Thursday evening at Straub Park in Downtown St. Petersburg, during May and October, St. Pete Preservation creates an outdoor movie theater for all to see. Featuring live music some the areas most popular local bands, the event begins around 7pm with the movie starting at dusk. Get there early, though! With this fun and lively community event being free, it is wildly popular and fills up quick!

Also try… Summer Classic Movie Series

Tampa Movie Night
Photo Credit: Tampa Theatre


Located at the Tampa Theatre, guests can enjoy classic movies throughout the spring and summer. Films include Yankee Doodle Dandy, Dr. Strangelove, Casablanca and American Graffiti, which celebrates its 40th anniversary. Harriet Deer, a USF film professor, will host a discussion after the film. The films are affordable, costing $9 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre members.


Looking for other outdoor activities? Check out Drive-In Movie Theaters in Tampa Bay and Guide to Tampa Bay’s Perfect Patios!


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