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Free Outdoor Movies on Cape Cod
When & Where to Find Them

Updated: April 1, 2021

Outdoor movies are a Cape Cod tradition!

Spread your blanket on the lawn for a family-friendly movie in the park. Or load the kids into the car and head to a drive-in. 

Wellfleet MA drive-in movie theater marquee

Last summer (2020), new outdoor movie venues popped up all over the Cape - from in-town parking lots, to museum lawns, to the wide-open spaces of Cape Cod Fairgrounds.

I expect many will return again this year. But at the moment, I'm not sure exactly which ones will be back and when they'll open for the season.

As each venue announces it's plans for 2021, I'll update this page. So stay tuned!

Drive-In Movies

(* Note: All showings are weather dependent.)

Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre

When: Nightly throughout the summer (opening in May 2021)

Where: 51 State Highway (Rt. 6), Wellfleet, MA

More Info: Wellfleet Cinemas

Since the 1950s, this traditional drive-in theater has been a must-visit for Cape Cod vacationers and locals alike.

Go for the early movie or make it a "double feature" night. This throw-back to the good ol' days is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

"Movies on Main" in Hyannis

When: 2021 dates - TBA

Where: Corner of Main Street and High School Street Extension, Hyannis, MA

More Info: Hyannis Main Street

The Finest Hours, Remember The Titans, The Goonies and other family faves were on last summer's schedule for "Movies on Main" in downtown Hyannis.

I expect this summer's offerings to be just as great!

Did You Know? ...

The Finest Hours is a true story of four heroic Cape Cod Coast Guardsmen in a small wooden lifeboat, rescuing 32 crewmen from a sinking tanker off the Chatham coast during a raging winter storm.

When you see the movie, then see the men's lifeboat (the real boat, not a movie prop!) in her summer berth at Rock Harbor in Orleans, you'll understand why this rescue is still heralded as the most daring Coast Guard rescue of all time!

Yarmouth Drive-In Theater

When: Opening for 2021 - TBA

Where: 669 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA

More Info:  Yarmouth Drive-In Cape Cod

What's old is new again! The site of the decades-abandoned Old Yarmouth Drive-In movie theater has been re-born as a brand new, multi-entertainment venue.

Featuring 3 gigantic LED movie screens, a concert stage, and concession vendors, this is the place to go in the Mid-Cape region for outdoor movies and live entertainment!

"Popcorn Pop-Up" in Dennis

When: Return in 2021? TBA

Where: Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street (Rt. 6A), Dennis MA

More Info:  Cape Playhouse

Little known fact: The Wizard of Oz premiered here on Cape Cod on August 11, 1939 - a day before the movie's worldwide release. 

It was back last summer at "Popcorn Pop-Up", a new outdoor movie venue at Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis ... along with other perennial faves: Back to the Future, ET, Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Trolls.

Falmouth Drive-In at Cape Cod Fairgrounds

When: Coming again in 2021? TBA

Where: Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway (Rt. 151), East Falmouth, MA

More Info:  Falmouth Drive-In

A new outdoor movie theater also "popped up" at Cape Cod Fairgrounds.  

Falmouth Drive-In show one movie each night last summer, every night of the week except Wednesday, and continued into the Cape's "shoulder season".

Movies in The Park

"Movies Under The Stars" in Falmouth

When: Wednesdays in July and August 26, 2020 at dusk (Opening date for 2021 TBA)

Where: Falmouth Public Library, Main Street, Falmouth Village, MA

More Info: Falmouth Village Association on FB

To the delight of visitors and locals who've loved this fun, family friendly (and free!) event in summers passed ... "Movies Under the Stars" was back in 2020 - and will be again in 2021 (barring any unforeseen circumstances)!

What to Bring to Movie Nights

Whether you'll be lounging on the lawn for a movie in the park, or "tailgating" at a drive-in theater, there's one thing I highly recommend you take with you:

Bug Spray/Wipes

There's about an hour between dusk and full-on darkness when the "no see 'ems" (tiny little bitey gnats) come out in search of sweet-tasting humans. 

The best thing I've found to repel them is ... Repel.

It really does the trick to keep the little devils away!

Repel comes in a spray bottle and in wipes. I prefer the wipes because they're easy to carry, and one wipe each keeps my hubby and me bite-free for the entire evening.
We just swipe a wipe across our clothes and exposed skin, and we're all set!

Now that we have the itchy-bug situation under control, here are a couple more items I always pack for our outdoor movie nights:

Enjoy the flick!!

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