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A Local’s Guide to Movie Nights in Memphis

Memphians LOVE their movie nights!

That’s why there’s never a shortage of ways to watch. Whether want to catch the latest blockbuster, or dive deep to discover independent film, Memphis has your back with plenty of opportunities for cinephiles and casual fans alike.

Find the Best Movie Nights in Memphis:

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With a collection unlike any other in the city, Black Lodge is the new Blockbuster! This Memphis mainstay will have you taking a trip to the past with DVD and VCR rentals—plus you could pull up on any given day to catch a featured flick on the big screen. 

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Crosstown Arts is known for hosting some of the most interesting and fun film screenings in Memphis! There are plenty of deep-cuts for film buffs to enjoy, but there are also plenty of familiar titles for the average movie-goer!

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By hosting a variety of events including film screenings and festivals, Indie Memphis fosters community through the development and support of local filmmakers. 

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Overton Square is continuing their movies series throughout 2023! Located in Chimes Square, these events take advantage of a top-notch projector and have fantastic vibes. If a chill movie night is what you’re after, Overton Square is where you’ll find it. 

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Founded by Memphis artist and entrepreneur Chassidy Jade, the Crown Me Royal Film Fest highlights Black voices in film and television. By curating professional development in the arts, they hope to diversify film crews and show audiences a great time!

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The Malco Summer Drive-In is a Memphis Staple, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type who doesn’t want to be stuck in a dark theater. Enjoy the sunset and warm weather while watching your favorite films!

In addition to their standard slate of theatrical releases, the Summer Drive-In hosts thematic movie nights thanks to the Time Warp Drive-In Movie Series!

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If you love shopping and want to treat yourself to a movie after compiling the perfect haul, Friday Flicks at Carriage Crossing is the perfect event for you!

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This event will be one for the ages. The Grove at GPAC hosts games, food trucks, a bar, and live music before the movie even starts! There’s something for everyone at The Grove, so make sure you check it out. 

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While this isn’t a summer-exclusive event, this year’s action-packed summer movie slate means it’s the perfect time to take advantage of half-priced Tuesdays at Malco theaters. 

Perfect for group movie outings, tickets cost around $6, and can be purchased at half-price if you create an account (it’s completely free!). 

Here is a list of their theaters in Memphis:

 
 
Guest post by Choose901 intern Harry Dircks

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