Outdoor movies are available to watch in Erie this summer


Pop the popcorn and grab a blanket: Some Erie-area locations are showing outdoor movies again this summer.

From Perry Square and UPMC Park downtown to two locations in Edinboro and a classic drive-in in Waterford, movies are projected under a starry sky.

Here’s what you can find at the various outdoor locations this summer, admission prices, opening times and what the films entail with a synopsis according to IMDB.

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Movie nights in UPMC Park

UPMC Park is bringing back its Movie Nights at UPMC Park series. All movies at UPMC Park start at 8 p.m. Gates to the ball field open at 7 p.m

No outside food is allowed and some concessions are open in the park.

Visitors can sit in the stadium or on the field. If you are on the field, please bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

Admission is $5 per ticket, with a $1.50 fee if purchased online at Children under 3 years old receive free admission. Visit the Erie SeaWolves website to purchase tickets or go to the box office at 831 French St.

  • June 22: “Migration”: A family of ducks tries to convince their overprotective father to go on the vacation of a lifetime. Rated PG. The film duration is approximately 1 hour and 23 minutes.
  • July 20: “Kung Fu Panda 4”: After being asked to become the spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace, Po must find and train a new dragon warrior. Meanwhile, an evil sorceress plans to summon all the master villains Po has vanquished back to the spirit realm. Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour and 23 minutes.
  • August 3: “Wonka”: With a dream to open a store in the city known for its chocolate, young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers. Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 56 minutes.

Movies under the stars in Edinboro

The City of Edinboro, PennWest Edinboro and Goodell Gardens & Homestead will once again sponsor Movies Under the Stars, a series of family-friendly films.

Edinboro will host the outdoor film series on the lawns behind the Frank G. Pogue Student Center at 405 Scotland Rd on July 11, 18 and 25 around 9 p.m.

Goodell Gardens and Homestead, at 221 Waterford St. in Edinboro, will host the films on August 1, 8 and 15.

Entrance is free. For more information, visit

Here is the schedule for the Movies Under the Stars series:

  • July 11: “Cars”: On his way to the biggest race of his life, a promising rookie racer gets stranded in a dilapidated city and discovers that winning isn’t everything in life. Rated G. Running time: 1 hour, 56 minutes.
  • July 18: “Moana”: When a terrible curse from the demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island in ancient Polynesia, she answers the ocean’s call to seek out Maui to set things right. Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes.
  • July 25: “Elf”: Growing up as an oversized elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father Walter Hobbs, who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas cheer. Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes.
  • August 1: “Shrek”: An evil lord banishes fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre who must go on a quest to rescue a princess for the lord to get his land back. Rated PG. Playing time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • August 8: “School of Rock”: After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher at an uptight private school, but he tries to turn his class into a rock band. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes.
  • August 15: “Fat”: Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fall in love over the summer. Will they be able to rekindle their romance when they unexpectedly discover that they now attend the same high school? Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes.

Movie Monday in Perry Square

The Erie Downtown Partnership continues its Movie Mondays at Perry Square series in downtown Erie this year. Admission is free and this is a bring-your-own-seats series. All movies start at dusk.

Here is the schedule for movie Mondays:

  • June 17: “Barbie”: Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get the chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and dangers of living among people. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 54 minutes.
  • July 1: “Toy Story”: A cowboy doll faces serious threats and envy when a new spaceman action figure replaces him as the top toy in a boy’s bedroom. Rated G. Running time: 1 hour and 21 minutes.
  • July 15: “Wonka”
  • July 29: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”: An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. Rated PG. Running time: 2 hours, 32 minutes.
  • August 12: “The Princess and the Frog”: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, sets out on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human, but she faces the same problem after kissing him. Rated G. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes.
  • August 26:That what you do“: A band from Erie, Pennsylvania scores a one-hit wonder in 1964 and runs the star-making machine for as long as they can with plenty of help from their manager. Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Sunset drive-thru

The Sunset Drive In at 808 Route 97 in Waterford is Erie County’s only drive-in theater. Films are shown in the theater every weekend.

The drive-in opens its gates at 7:00 PM and starts showing the movies at dusk.

Admission is $10 for children 12 and older and $5 for children 7 to 11. Anyone under the age of 6 has free admission. Visitors are advised to bring cash as the store only accepts cash.

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Find out what movies are playing by visiting the drive-in’s Facebook page or calling 814-796-4883.

Contact Nicholas Sorensen at [email protected].

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