560576395Flicks on 5th, Chastain Series & more 

By Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

Since Atlanta has regained its “Hollywood South” moniker with the proliferation of film studios and productions happening around the metro, it seems only fitting that a summer of movie festivals is upon us. From watching a Disney movie with the kids at Chastain Park to a stylish night at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for a Hitchcock thriller, there is something for all tastes coming to a screen near you.

Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station’s annual movie series began in May, but there are still plenty of films on the calendar as the series continues through mid-August. The free movies are screened every Thursday night at dusk (except July 4) in Central Park. There will be a variety of dinner and snack options from participating restaurants. Here’s the line-up: Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (June 6), Skyfall (June 13), Hunger Games (June 20), Man on a Ledge (June 27), Despicable Me (July 11), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (July 18), Ratatouille (July 25), Uncle Buck (Aug. 1), Ghostbusters (Aug. 18) and The Goonies (Aug. 15). For more information, visit atlanticstation.com.

Flicks on 5th
The 8th annual Flicks on 5th Summer Film Series kicks off June 5 for a month of recent hits. The free movies will be screened at dusk on Wednesday nights on the 5th Street Bridge in Midtown’s Technology Square. Pre-movie entertainment, activities and free popcorn (while supplies last) begins at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy food Tech Square’s restaurants. The line-up: Identity Thief (June 5), Snitch (June 12), Silver Linings Playbook (June 19) and Warm Bodies (June 26). For more information, visit flickson5th.net.

Chastain Park/Town Brookhaven Summer Movie Series
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will present a summer of movies at Chastain in the Hilltop Meadow and on the green at Town Brookhaven. At Chastain, picnic baskets and wine are allowed and at Town Brookhaven participating restaurants will offer specials for moviegoers. The line-up: Wreck-It-Ralph (May 30, Brookhaven), Ice Age: Continental Drift (June 6, Brookhaven), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (June 13, Chastain), We Bought a Zoo (June 20, Brookhaven), Warm Bodies (June 26, Chastain), Jack the Giant Slayer (June 27, Chastain), Parental Guidance (July 11, Brookhaven), The Lucky One (July 18, Chastain), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (July 25, Brookhaven) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Aug. 1, Chastain). For more information, visit affps.com.

The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox
Watching a film on the Fox Theatre’s giant screen is something every Atlantan should experience at least once, and the annual Coca-Cola festival is the perfect opportunity. Classics, recent blockbusters and anniversary screenings (including The Birds 50th Anniversary) are all on tap. Before each movie, there will be vintage cartoons and a sing-along with the Mighty Mo organ. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and seniors. Saturday morning cartoons are just $5. All can be purchased in advance at foxatltix.com. The line-up was incomplete at press time, but here’s what we know so far: Raiders of the Lost Ark (June 14, 7:30 p.m.), Saturday Morning Cartoons (June 15, 10 a.m.), Oz The Great and Powerful (June 15, 7:30 p.m.), 42 (June 21, 7:30 p.m.) Finding Nemo: 10th Anniversary (June 22, 2 p.m.), Les Misérables (June 22, 7:30 p.m.), The Birds: 50th Anniversary (June 23, 4 p.m.), Django Unchained (July 26, 7:30 p.m.), The Croods (July 27, 2 p.m.), Lawrence of Arabia: Director’s Cut (July 28, 4 p.m.), Saturday Morning Cartoons (Aug. 17, 10 a.m.), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Aug. 18, 4 p.m.). Check foxtheatre.org to see announcements about more films in the series.


Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.