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Iowa City: The Place for Summer Movies
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Iowa City: The Place for Summer Movies

Ah, a summer night under the stars with the kids or a night with a group of friends watching that flick that never gets old…July, in the midst of summer, welcomes the thought. You’ll find many outdoor and indoor movie showings in the Iowa City area appealing to film interests of all kinds.

Summer of the Arts’ Free Movie Series. Held on the lawn of MacBride Hall adjacent to the Old Capitol in downtown Iowa City, this is a favorite Saturday night activity for locals. From the classic Disney film Aladdin to the recent standout Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is a movie to suit the movie lover. Blankets and snacks are most welcome. Remaining dates:  July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20.

Backpocket Brewing Summer Movie Series. Backpocket hosts free movies on its 18-foot screen on Thursday nights on the lawn of the beer garden. Welcoming adults and families, the movies begin at dusk and make a great weeknight event. Remaining dates: July 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18.

FilmScene. Situated in the heart of Iowa City’s pedestrian mall lies FilmScene, a local, community-supported theatre that screens more than 200 films on its single-screen each year, featuring mainly documentaries and independent films. This intimate theatre provides a unique and enjoyable viewing experience much different than the typical movie-going experience that will leave you quite pleased. Films are shown almost daily.

LitFlicks at Coralville Public Library: Movies at the library? Yes, there are! LitFlicks is a film series for adults showing movies that have been adapted from books. Movies are free and refreshments are provided. Who can watch a movie without popcorn, after all? Upcoming movie dates are August 31 and September 20.

Marcus Theatres: With two locations in the Iowa City area, Marcus Theatres offers the most current mainstream films on one of 10 screens (Coral Ridge Cinema) or 12 screens (Sycamore Cinema). Here you can recreate the traditional feel of “going to the movies,” often hearkening back to childhood memories. Go ahead – relive those memories.

For more ideas of places to visit and eat during your stay (and in between the many films to be seen), visit

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Who doesn't love a great summer movie! Thanks for filling us in on some of the great options in Iowa City!
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  2. Katie Dillman
    Katie Dillman
    Free is my favorite price.....and beer is my favorite drink. Thanks for sharing!
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